Christmas is a time of celebration, family gatherings and over-eating. If alcohol or drinking take precedence over these, it could be they are more of a problem than you think. The reason I know this is because I have done all these things in the past. It strikes me now how transparent they appear.
- You leave beer and whisky out for Santa on Christmas eve. Generous measures of course.
- You drink Buck's Fizz. The only alcoholic drink deemed socially acceptable at breakfast. Taking the cheapest fizzy plonk you painfully 'spoil' it with as little orange juice as possible.
- You drink sherry mid-morning, even although you don't like it.
- You suggest a little drinky as an 'aperitif' before Christmas dinner. All the better on an empty stomach.
- You are more interested in the wine than the food presented to the table.
- You worry there will not be enough alcohol around, aware the shops are closed.
- You devise ways to hide your alcohol consumption lest family members notice how much you drink, or worse, remark upon it.
- You encourage others around you to drink more than they would like. 'Come on, keep me company, it is Christmas after all.'
- You would rather the guests left and you could drink in peace.
- You refuse any invitations that might involve driving.
Next time I will list the ways you know you are ready to give up. Just in time for New Year.
Have a great Christmas and thanks for following. Rx