Drinking habits of the nation are often discussed, in the media and on blogs so i thought I would jump on the bandwagon and discuss my own drinking habits.
Because I have a rather large beer cupboard, spend a lot of time talking and blogging about beer, and on a Friday i usually tweet about beer o’ clock or #virtualpint, a lot of people seem to think I am a bit of an alcoholic, but in truth that’s some way wide of the mark…
While I was at college and uni, I drank way more than I do now, in fact I used to drink most days, and not just the odd beer, a night out generally started early and would involve a few pints, these were then followed by a few “long” drinks like JD & Coke, Southern comfort & ginger beer, this inevitably lead to shots and who knows what else.
Call me old or boring but now, even on a night out I rarely drink shots, I do still enjoy the odd spirit now and then but not in the quantity I used to.
My beer drinking habits have changed massively too, I try my best not to drink on a work night, although I will admit to breaking this with the odd bottle or pint, here or there. Over the weekend I will have a few bottles or pints depending on where we are and what we are doing, If we have been out hiking I love nothing more than a few pints and some pub grub in the local and I have been known to plan walks in order to visit a particular pub.
Even though I drink less I seem to spend more on beer than I have ever done, mainly because my tastes have changed and I love nothing more than trying new and exciting beers, the downsides to this are they generally cost more, due to having to get them from specialist shops, they also make “Standard” beers taste just a bit boring, this isn’t true in all cases but I have noticed my self becoming more fussy about what I drink. I also find my self appreciating it more by not drinking every day, it cheers me up on a Friday knowing that I will soon be able to enjoy a nice tasty pint of proper beer.
So how much do I drink per week? Units wise I am probably way over the suggested guidelines, it’s surprising how many units are in a bottle of proper beer, especially if you get some of the stronger 7-8% IPA’s and Stouts. Quantity wise over the last few weeks I have had between 8 and 12 bottles or pints per week.
The point of this post? I’m not entirely sure, maybe I just wanted to see how much I did actually drink, maybe I am a trying to justify something? or maybe I am just bored and can’t sleep, or looking for something a bit different to post in on Friday, the jury is out on that one, Either way i know by 12 o’ clock on Friday I will be calling for Beer o’ Clock
So come on then, who else is going to join me in admitting just how much they drink? – Just for the hell of it.