mardi 14 avril 2009

You are what you eat

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!):

Beer
37 small glasses worth. That's 9.25 litres for the more precise amongst you.

Wine
1 and a bit bottles of red.
1/2 bottle of champagne

Spirits
4 margaritas
3 whisky-cokes
2 vodka shots
1 Get 27 shot
2 jack'n'cokes
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?

27 commentaires:

softinthehead a dit…

Haha - that reminded me of my husband, whenever a doctor asks him about his weekly alcohol consumption he always halves it, only to have them tell him that it is too much! But he does now suffer from gout if he goes too far ....so maybe they knew something :)

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Softy, I may have left a couple of drinks off the list too, he he....

conortje a dit…

just make sure you have Guinness - remember Guinness is good for you - it's a fact!

wontletlifedefineme a dit…

*speaks some encouraging words to your liver and tells it everything is going to be alright in the end*

Myopic Psychotic a dit…

If you are conscious of your alcohol consumption, then you should be OK ... I thought I had an addiction problem. I went to an addiction counsellor and it turns out I have an addictive personality. I am not sure which is worse ... Stay aware of it and you'll be grand sure ya will.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Big C, I'll be sure to have a big guinness - and blame you for the consequences....

Marjolein, Liver says thank you. It's planning to go on strike if working conditions don't improve...

MP - reckon so. It's when I start getting drunk alone in the house that I need to start worrying. Hmm...now there's an idea!

Peter a dit…

Next time after a blood check-up they'll tell you they found blood in your alcohol, instead of the other way around.

Daryl a dit…

Irish pub .. Guinness ... make them do the little heart swirly thing in the suds

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Peter, that sounds about right! Nice to see you here sir. Prettig u kennis te maken, too.

D, I'll make sure they do that. It's all part of getting value for money - and when the beer costs 8 euros....

Myopic Psychotic a dit…

Been there and done that. You'll be fine.

A Lewis a dit…

Holy smokes.....and you've lived to write about it? I'd still be asleep. I'm a one, maybe two, drink man....it affects me greatly and makes me feel like a slug the next morning....no matter how small the amount.

Rob Inukshuk a dit…

A cheap date you are not, but from all the tales you tell, incredible value for money!

I mean that in the nicest possible way!

travelling, but not in love a dit…

MP, I know. i'm not exactly worrying, he he.

Lewis, i'd never have you down as a lightweight! Surely crew are supposed to be able to drink their way through a mini-bar in one sitting? I thought that was, like, the law or something.

Rob, oh yeah, great VFM offered here! I'll take it as a compliment ;-)

Valleys Mam a dit…

hmmmm made me think about what I consumed over the same time
1/2 bottle while
1/2 bottle rose
3 small Tuborgs
having people stay and come for various meals, means I eat and drink less.
Think may be tonight I will look at a few more glasses of that lush white we have at the moment.
I didn't touch any schnapps or spirits.
The last bottle of Penderyn went though.

aims a dit…

Your life is so - international - French American Irish.....

Note - I'm not saying anything about the drinking. Just cause I love ya babe.

Pure Poser a dit…

your not setting a good example to me are you?

I say that, but that's coming from a girl who drinks coke and southern comfort to aide her revision. :D

Pure Poser a dit…

just found this out:

80% of gin and vodka drunk in the UK is made in Scotland.

(What they didn't put is that the 80% is most probably drunk in scotland as well.)

Travelling Pixy a dit…
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The Pixy Princess a dit…

You are cordially invited to our Annual Spring 12 Hour pub crawl. I have a feeling you'd fit in just fine with my pals! ;)
Deets to follow shortly on the blog.

Lane a dit…

So how many pints of Guinness can you add to that list? Or maybe you just stuck to Irish coffee;-)

Hope you had a good night:-)

12ontheinside a dit…

Hmm. I tried to do a rough count of my weekend. About half a bottle of wine, a couple of glasses of champagne and 2 cases of beer (each one having 24 bottles each 325 ml). I only know how much I had by what was left over at the end of the weekend. I think Aussies could give the English a run for their money. I think I need to give my poor old liver a rest. Although at my last checkup I got a full physical and my liver and kidney function is perfect so I must be doing something right.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

VM, sounds very genteel. also sounds like a great weekend!

Aims, love you back sweetie, hehe

Poser, I do realise that I'm setting you a bad example, and kind of have mild panic at what your parents think about you reading this drivvle, but hey. And god bless the scots, they do put it away, eh? lol

travelling, but not in love a dit…

Pixy, sounds like fun. Let me know the time and place, haha...

Lane, no Guinness was consumed - just a couple of lovely Grimbergens and some great Korean food. Yum!

12oti - I like you. You make me feel less bad about my life, haha. Well done!

laurie a dit…

there's a story in today's irish times about what a huge problem binge drinking is in ireland. i remember the times i binge-drank and it wasn't pretty. i remember sitting in a bar, unable to stand up, and weeping prodigeously. not my finest hour.

here's hoping that's not how it manifests itself in you.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

laurie, it just manifest itself in ridiculous behaviour, laughing a lot and misbehaving. Not very becoming for a man of my years, but hey...

cb a dit…

Conversely I drank approximately 6 pints of beer all of Easter weekend and felt all the worse for it.

travelling, but not in love a dit…

CB - you need to get some practice in is all I'll say....