So last week I told you a little about my relationship with alcohol, and my Drinkaware challenge during Alcohol Awareness Week to stick to the recommended weekly guidelines: that’s 14 units a week, spread across the week, evenly over three or more days with a couple of alcohol free days. Last week, I also kept an alcohol diary, with the help of the Drinkaware app (and the notes on my phone to record the actual circumstances). Here’s how I got on:
Monday: out to lunch with friends. I wasn’t feeling great so when we ordered a bottle of wine at the table, it was easy to just stick to one glass, then in the evening, I had a G&T while watching Nigella on the telly.
Tuesday and Wednesday: alcohol free days (probably more because I was feeling rough than anything else).
Thursday: shared a bottle of wine (between three of us) with a takeaway because it was Mr E’s birthday (interestingly, two of his presents were very nice bottles of wine, and another was a voucher for Majestic).
Friday: we went out to dinner with friends to celebrate at Tom Kerridge’s fabulous pub: The Coach, in Marlow and I elected to drive, but then felt horribly left out as the others ploughed into a couple of really nice bottles of Malbec while I only got a tiny sip (velvety, with an interesting smoky aroma and lots of Christmas spice, if you’re interested!). When we got home, Charlie was home from university and I sat up talking to him, mindlessly sipping on what turned out to be another two glasses of red.
Saturday: watched a film with the boys and I shared a bottle of wine with Mr E.
Sunday: a glass of wine with dinner, then another couple during the evening.
It doesn’t sound like a terribly boozy week, does it? So imagine how shocked I was when the app showed that the total units consumed over the week was 24.1. That’s nearly double the recommended 14 units, and, according to the Drinkaware app, if I regularly drink this amount there is an increased risk of alcohol affecting my health.
I think I’m even more surprised because I was already hyper-aware that I was due to write my drinking down and publish it on the blog, and I thought I was taking it easy. I was deliberately pouring myself smaller glasses rather than large, and was rather proud that I had a couple of alcohol free days.
Still, today is the start of a new week and my Drinkaware challenge. I’m already wondering how easy it’s going to be to stick to the recommended 14 units a week. If you’re joining me in the challenge (thank you for all your messages – I’m glad I’m not alone!), do let me know how you get on and feel free to chat on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. I’d love to hear from you, whether you’re accepting the challenge or not.
I’ll see you next week to let you know how I got on!