This week, the government said that we should have two dry days a week. This means no booze.
I always have a few dry days a week. I try to get three dry days between Sunday and Thursday, if I can. I will get home on time and then also do some exercise. It’s for balance. It’s easy to drink too much, to do damaging things to precious parts of the body. Dry days also make me feel better – I don’t wake up with a foggy head and I don’t go to bed late or have a restless sleep which means I can get up early and do stuff, like write this or go for a run. It’s like having days when I’ll have green food from the fridge instead of orange food from the freezer. Balance.
However, by having the booze-free days the drinking days seem to get heavier to make up for it. I won’t have one bottle while watching TV, I’ll have three or four or five, notebook open by my side ready to write anything which the beer stirs in me. The after work pint turns into three. The glass of wine becomes a bottle. The balance tips too far. It’s not a deliberate or spiteful ‘I’d better make up for the dry days’ decision to drink more, it just happens that way. This is Friday and Saturday drinking. So two dry days and two drunk days. The others will be a bottle of beer, rarely more. So for a couple of days I’m doing good, but for another couple I’m bingeing, which is less good.
I need the dry days to feel balance. If I drink every day of the week then I feel rough.
Are dry days part of your week or do you drink right through? When you do drink, is one beer where you start and finish or do you have a few (or a few too many)?