I had a beer today. My first for months.
Actually, that’s not true, as it was one of the two left over from our Hog Roast evening, and as I was quite hot this evening, a cold lager was simply quite perfect.
I am no drinker. This was proven when I fell off the bar stool in Amsterdam on honeymoon after just 2 glasses (small ones at that) of dutch beer.
I get light-headed just smelling the cork, but that doesn’t mean to say that I don’t enjoy a drink of the alcoholic variety, just not very often.
I have only ever been drunk once but I do not feel at all comfortable around anyone who has had one too many, and it doesn’t matter if it’s family, friend, or even a partner.
I can understand why people get confused over units of alcohol though.
It said on my bottle tonight that adult males should not drink more than 3 – 4 units of alcohol a day, and women should not drink more than 2 – 3 units.
So you’d think that the small bottle I had was one unit.
At 284 ml, it was 1.4 units, so if I had drunk the other bottle as well, I would be almost at the top end of the guide line consumption.
It must therefore be relatively easy to miscalculate your intake.
However, that should not be seen as an excuse, and I am a firm believer in ZERO TOLERANCE for drink driving.
I was a passenger once with someone way over the limit, and he nearly killed us.
I never let him drive me anywhere again, EVER.
His attitude was that he was perfectly safe when he’d had a few.
‘A few’ in his book was at least 8 pints on a night out with the lads (3 times a week) and he would still always drive.
I was afraid he would be in an accident and kill someone, possibly a child.
He said it would never happen as he was a good driver, even when he’d had a couple of drinks (in all the time I knew him, he never had ‘just a couple’).
I turned the tables and asked if he would feel the same if a drunk driver killed one of his kids.
He ignored me.
Many years ago, pub landlords would provide free soft drinks to designated drivers out with their mates.
Sadly, some landlords put their soft drink prices up instead.
Not all that long ago, I paid almost £5 for a pint of orange squash and a pineapple juice and lemonade.
My ‘tipple’ these days if we go out for a meal to a pub?
Soda and lime, with ice and a slice. Costs less than 50p.
If you care about appearances, it looks good, and who’s to know it’s not gin or vodka?