Alcohol or not to alcohol that is the question…. I can take it or leave it as I drank a fair amount in my teens and early twenties. Having the fortunate advantage of a sweet tooth limits the choice of what to drink!
When I (rarely) go to a pub and watch people who have consumed several alcoholic drinks and start slurring their words, or swearing to show their feelings, and worse!, I’m reminded that there’s a few distinct advantages to not drinking at all or having only one alcoholic drink….
- I’m in control of what I do. I’ll remember what I have said and done. Alcohol doesn’t control what I say or do.
2) It isn’t necessary for me to have alcohol to laugh or communicate confidently with people, be it friends or strangers.
3) I can dance, walk or run and not fall over without alcohol – haha – well that’s the plan anyway!
4. No after-effects – no sickness or hangovers so the following day isn’t a right-off for recovery.
5) I save a ton of money – let’s face it – alcohol is expensive. I nearly dropped through the floor when I bought a friend a large white wine for around £5 or £6 – that price per litre is sickening and would pay for a nice roast chicken meal or several veggy curries!
6) When I have an alcoholic drink, it feels like a treat instead of an everyday routine drink.
7) I’m looking after my body and brain. A healthy body with occasional treats will look after me if I look after it.
8) My breath doesn’t stink during the evening or the morning after.
9) I can drive a car when I don’t drink alcohol. Saves on taxi fares.
10) I don’t slur my words.
Well that’s my 10 advantages so far quickly reeled off! …I wonder if you can think of any others?
I don’t claim to being a saint. I drink alcohol occasionally when I really want to enjoy one drink and I eat treats like sweets and chips sometimes. But what I do believe in is it’s not necessary to drink alcohol to have a really great night (or day) out. I can be happy without alcohol and I love the fact that if I look like a mad person people will know that this is me.
A genuine person.
Instead of a person who has alcohol controlling her!
Laughter may well be the best alternative drink!