I drink a lot of beer.
If I'm being honest with myself I drink on average about 3 pints a day. Days off are few and far between and that was fine for me. I enjoy myself and don't consider to be hurting anyone or being a menace to society. This post may seem a little personal. Well, it's my blog and it's where I write about my life so that's what I'm going to do.
I have a condition. It's not a dangerous condition or anything life threatening, but a condition it is, and it's something I've had for around 7 years now.
Last week during some time off, I decided it was time to finally do something proper about it and went off to the Docs for some medication. Things were explained and medication was given and I was feeling good about it.
I asked the Doc how things might be different and, to be honest, if I could drink on these pills. I explained my background to her, I explained I worked at Beer Ritz and that I enjoyed a beer quite a bit. She told me I was drinking far too much, which when I thought about it, was something which I could not truthfully disagree with.
She told me for the first month or two on these pills, until things settle down a bit, I shouldn't be drinking more than a pint a day, and should have at least two days off a week. 5 pints a week. That's what she advised. At least for now. Going from 3 pints a day to 5 pints a week is a bit of a shift.
That means no more three pint-ers after work in my local Arcadia. It means no more lazy afternoons spent in North bar drinking all the crazy beers on draught. It does not however mean I have to massively alter my life though. I can still go to Arcadia and all my favourite local haunts. It just means I may have to have something else after the first pint. Once I get used to the pills, I can start to re-evaluate my limits and see where things go from there. But for the foreseeable future, it does mean that I won't be attending any more 'Open Its' to drink my way through 10 different Imperial Stouts!
I won't be going anywhere. Don't worry, this isn't a post about 'Giving up the Ghost' so to speak. I'll still do my beer reviews, my pub reviews and still live a ghoslty blog life. It just means things might be a bit slower and a more relaxed pace than normal. Not really a bad thing I guess...
Will I be able to manage? Of course I will, but I'm not saying that temptation won't be crawling up my back constantly. I'm hoping these pills will do the trick. If they can I believe it will improve my quality of life 100%, and I also reckon going from, what some would say, a 'binge drinker' to a very moderate drinker will also vastly improve my quality of life if I'm being honest with myself.
The next few weeks is going to be a rather interesting, and lifestyle changing time. I took my first lot of meds today and I'm hoping it's going to be the start of a better life. Fingers crossed!
Life of moderation. It's probably about time...