I seem to be in a “writing about boozing” phase lately, what with virgin drinks, hangovers and hangover supplements. However, that’s because drinking — or lack thereof – - has been a topic on my mind recently. This New Year’s, I decided to stop boozing until my March birthday. While it’s going to be difficult to not drink in a city where hanging out at bars is the norm, I have several good reasons for cutting back on the spirits.
1. Appearance. While they say a glass of red wine a day is good for you, knocking one back while sitting on the couch isn’t the best way to lose weight. Instead I’m going to try and drink water every night I settle in from work; it may not be as relaxing, but it’s certainly healthier. And let’s mention the cocktail after beer after cocktail that goes down my gullet some weekends; thanks to them, my cute stomach pooch is slowly morphing into an icky beer belly. Lastly, I’m also crossing my fingers that lack of alcohol will lead to better skin. Can anyone (please) confirm this?
2. Socializing. When I go to a bar, it’s easy for just “one drink” to turn into three, and by the end of the night I can be sloppy and unsophisticated. That’s not the best plan of action in a new city where I’m trying to meet people! So boozing at bars is going out the window altogether, and I’ll just stick to grenadine and Diet Coke. Hopefully I’ll be able to make a better public impression. Additionally, I want to step up my socializing game and and be able to meet friends without the easy filter alcohol provides.
3. Money. Between stocking the cabinet at home and going out, I probably spent close to $40 on drinking last week (granted, it was the holidays). My love of clothing and of booze cannot coexist, and I know I’d rather own a killer dress for years than a bottle of whiskey for two weeks. Maybe if I stick to my resolution, I’ll put some money away for a New Orleans vacation this summer!
4. Getting rid of “ick” factors. While I didn’t spend every 2011 weekend nursing hangovers, I had more than I liked. I don’t need to tell you that being hungover can just annihilate your day and productivity. There were two Sundays where I just didn’t get out of bed, and when the weekend is your only time off that’s a foolish way to waste half of it. Plus there’s the overall discomfort of being drunk, like the dreaded spins. Check out this video for the truly interesting science behind them:
While I claim to be waiting for my birthday to drink again, I’m also not against just quitting for good. It’s just easier to have a deadline in sight, just in case. We’ll see what March brings for me!
Do you any of you Lovelies resolve to cut back on drinking in 2012? Do you have any tips for those who want to?