It’s an odd paradox that we often refer to alcohol as the ‘demon drink’, while simultaneously having it around at all the happiest moments of our lives (weddings, birthdays, the lot).
This complicated relationship with alcohol often goes unnoticed as we head for Sunday afternoon pints or sink a few glasses in front of the telly of an evening.
Although it’s not always a problem as such, it can become problematic if we’re drinking without thinking, or constantly heading out for ‘just the one’ and losing the next day to a pounding headache.
That’s why we started Spill It, a weekly drinking diary that blows open the secretive world of people’s regular drinking habits.
This week, we spoke to Rosalind, a 31-year-old from Dublin who manages a salon.
After a stressful day off, I grabbed a bottle of wine on the way home. There was nobody home when I got in so I cracked up the bottle and relaxed watching Netflix. Had the bottle over about an hour and a half, was very relaxed and had an early night.
Myself and my partner went out for dinner. It’s our weekly date night, once spent in the pub but we have little interest in Saturday nights out anymore.
I ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio, he drank beer. We had a lovely evening, and both left to go home. We didn’t drink anymore when we got home.
I met my friend in the city for brunch. Bottomless brunch and we totally abused the bottomless mimosas on offer over the 2.5 hours we were there.
She is having a very hard time at the moment so we just had a good catch up. After brunch we went to our local watering hole near our work. We had two more drinks, gin for her, wine for me. I made my way home and my partner picked me up from the train station.
We had decided we would go see The Joker that night. We were early for the movie so we went to a hotel bar while we waited and I had two glasses of Pinot Grigio.
Units: 27 (we used an upper estimate of 10 mimosas)
I am absolutely exhausted all day long and promise myself I’ll take myself to my favourite cocktail bar after work.
I leave work at finishing time and made my way to Dawson Street in Dublin. It’s my favourite street to go for drinks on. I started off in my local bar and had a glass of wine. The atmosphere was dead and it was just really quiet so I left.
I walked to the cocktail bar, they have a vast menu and are very creative with the presentation, it is more like a show than just going for drinks. Here I had four cocktails, each more delicious than the last.
I left after cocktail number four to catch my train.
I didn’t drink at all
Another friend left her job yesterday so after work I joined her to celebrate. It was a tame affair, I had three pints of cider and a vodka and Diet Coke. I left early and went straight home.
Last day in work this week and I am hanging for the weekend. Partner really wants to go out but I’m not in the mood so we compromised on a date night.
He has some Bush Mills whiskey and I grabbed a bottle of Cava Brut in M&S on the way home. We are going to enjoy our drinks, watch Netflix eat take away and hopefully be in bed by midnight.
Total units this week: 74.6
Total units in a week recommended by the NHS: 14 units (for anybody regardless of gender).
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