Do I have a Drink Problem?

These days I usually wake around 1-2 a.m. and find it difficult to go back to sleep, meaning that by 8 a.m. I am fuzzy headed and sleepy.

Online research - (I know 😒) - suggests that this is likely to be the result of the amount of alcohol I consume.  Most evenings I drink around half a bottle of wine and, although I always mean to have a couple of alcohol-free nights each week, this invariably never happens.  Common sense tells me that this is most probably not very healthy but, dammit, I enjoy my evening tipple.  

My father unfortunately hit the bottle fairly hard after my mother left us back in the 1970s and he suffered a pretty horrendous end as a result of that plus his lifelong heavy smoking habit, so I am fully aware of the dangers of drinking to excess.

I have taken note of the warnings and advice concerning my thyroid and cholesterol levels and am now on a very healthy low-fat regime - in fact I have lost quite a lot of weight as a result - so why do I not follow the same strict guidelines for alcohol consumption?

I quite often have this internal debate with myself - do I cut down/give up on my wine habit and feel less happy or do I carry on and just enjoy however long I may have left?  After all, the proverbial number 19 omnibus could still come along to mow me down once I become a teetotaller.



4 comments:

  1. You speak for many; including myself. I enjoy my evening wine (I never drink at lunchtime), and think of it as TONIC.

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    1. Thank you Cro. I think I shall just carry on enjoying my evening wine as usual, until my body tells me to stop.

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  2. I hear you! I love a relaxing glass of wine or bit of brandy in the evenings. Sometimes I wonder if being careful will only leave us gaga in nursing homes when we could have just enjoyed ourselbes and exited a bit sooner and in a better frame of mind! Off to get another glass :)

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    1. Yes. Better perhaps to have a shorter life and have lived it to the full than live a long and miserable one?

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