I love to drink wine. I drink at least two glasses of wine a day -- sometimes more, and definitely more on the weekends. But I'm giving it up for a month -- yes, 30 days -- to see if it improves the quality of my life. Wish me luck, I'm going to need it!
Now before you start hurling insults at me and accusing me of being an alcoholic, please take note that red wine is the ONLY alcohol I drink. I don't drink white wine (ever!), I don't drink liquor (ever!), and I don't drink beer (unless it's a scorching hot day and then I'll have one and call it a day) -- the only thing I drink is red wine.
Also, I don't go out with friends or coworkers to throw them back, I drink at home, with my family. We hang out together and do everything that families do -- it's just that after 5-6 PM, mommy likes to have a glass (or a few) of wine.
It's such a regular occurrence that my husband and son both call my wine, "Mommy's juice." You might think that's disgusting, but if you're telling me that you have kids and you don't drink some kind of alcoholic beverage a couple of times a week -- if not every day -- then I know that you're miserable, depressed, on prescription meds, had a lobotomy -- or just freakin' lying.
It's Wednesday today and for some reason I haven't had a drink since Sunday -- so that means it's been two days without my wine. The first night I didn't drink was Monday night -- I have no idea why I chose not to, but I didn't feel like it and instead I just relaxed, talked to and watched TV with my son and husband. My son and I talked a lot, read some books together, and then we all went to bed at about 8:30 PM.
Yesterday, I didn't feel like having a drink either. I got home and once again just relaxed with my family. My son and I normally talk and interact with each other a lot when I get home, except normally I'm drinking a glass of wine while doing it. Last night though, I didn't drink and it was great -- I felt slightly more connected and more relaxed. I liked it.
This will be the longest I have been without any alcohol in about 10 years. I haven't always consumed this much wine, but I've always had 1-2 drinks a week since I was 25.
I'm doing this because I want to see if not drinking will improve the quality of my life as well as my relationships (which I already think are good) with my husband and son. Wish me luck -- I'm going to need it.
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