None for the Road
The post open heart regime is two units(two glasses of wine) a day and two alcohol free days a week. The days when alcoholics were advised not to drink more than a litre a day are sadly long gone. So how’s it going? I have exceeded two units about half a dozen times in six months and though there have been alcohol free days, the two days a week I have found impossible. Even two glasses makes enough difference to look forward to and relish.
(A major plus of cutting down from 13 units(3 pints, a double and three glasses ) a day has been my weight has stayed a stone and half less than pre op.)
My hero Chris Hitchens admitted to at least a bottle of wine plus a few scotches every day. Doctors always double whatever you admit.Delightfully he wrote in his autobiography, “Alcohol makes people less tedious and food less bland as well can help to provide inspiration”(to say nothing of a sex life.).
Anyway the Hitch gives us some golden rules of drinking which are worth repeating if coming a bit late in my alcohol reduced state.
Dont drink on a empty stomach; the main point of drink is the enhancement of food
Dont drink if you have the blues, its a junk cure
Drink when you are in a good mood
Cheap booze is a false economy
Drinking alone can involve the happiest glasses you ever drain
Hangovers are a bad sign
Not remembering an even worse sign
As is having a drinking start time
Narcotics make you even more boring
Never think about driving even you have taken a drop
The Hitch died aged 63. Which proves anything you want.