Do you enjoy a drink or two at the end of a hard day to help you unwind? Do you find that nowadays the thought of relaxing in the evening without finishing at least a bottle seems impossible? Welcome to the beer/wine o’clock clock.
If you like to drink at home it’s so easy to rack up the units without even thinking. It’s right there in the fridge – how convenient! No need to drive, no need to make an effort to interact with anyone, you can just sit and chill/you don’t even need to get drunk – just a few glasses to take the edge off, and boy does it take the edge off. Except when it encourages you to wallow in just how rotten the day was.
If you’re on your own, there’s no one to complain that you’re hogging the booze, and if you’re with friends, well, it’s hard to tell who’s had what, and you’re all in the same boat, so why not?
What an earth do you do in a dry month of evenings at home, then?
You do other things that’s what. Fun things; things you’ve been meaning to get round to; new things, relaxing things. Now that you’ve got some extra free time, you can start to explore ways to spend it. If you’re usually too tired to do any kind of exploring by the end of the working day, you’ll be surprised at how much more energy you have once your sleep patterns improve and you’re still not a wee bit hung-over from the night before.
If you just want a night (or a day) in without booze, here are seven things to try.