With the target of shocking myself into action (and to entertain you good folk), I decided that this Easter weekend I'd keep a record of what I drank.
Now, this isn't to show off, or to say that drinking is big and clever. It clearly is neither big nor clever, but it can be fun....
So the weekend's tally is as follows (and remember, this is a long weekend - four nights worth here!):
37 small glasses worth. That's 9.25 litres for the more precise amongst you.
1 and a bit bottles of red.
1/2 bottle of champagne
2 vodka shots
1 Get 27 shot
1 gin and tonic
My conclusion is that it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. I'm guessing that in other worlds this could be considered a bit of a problem. Maybe I should slow down a bit.
The thing is, us Brit's are a nation of binge drinkers. It's a problem in the UK and it's something that I know we're (shamefully) famous for around the world. However, in defence of my nation, I'd like to point out that each and every drink that I had this weekend was matched by both Frenchies and Americans.
But what sets us apart is that us English are particularly good at the speed drinking. The 'getting it all in before the pub closes' kind of drinking. This is particularly useful when the drinks are shockingly expensive and there is a short window of half price drinks at happy hour.
Anyway, I'm going to keep an eye on how much I'm drinking and try to cut back.
I'll do that tomorrow. Tonight, I have a date with a French guy. We're meeting in an Irish pub.
There's only one way that can go, isn't there?