Whether it’s beer garden weather or pre-Christmas merriment, there’s always an excuse for Brits to drink.
Perhaps a better excuse doesn’t exist than a family wedding which, while a joyous occasion, can result in a few sore heads the next day.
Spill It is our weekly drinking diary that peeks inside the life of someone’s habits around alcohol, and this week we’re hearing from 28-year-old app developer James, who had been at his sister’s wedding.
As a relatively moderate drinker the rest of the time, it’s interesting to see how much social situations like this can alter standard habits.
Let’s take a look at our diarist’s week in drinking:
Mondays and Tuesdays are usually good days for me in terms of being able to avoid alcohol. I work pretty late, gym and say no to any social engagements. I usually don’t drink at home, so with no alcohol in the house it’s pretty easy to avoid.
Knowing my sister was getting married at the weekend I knew that would be a boozy affair, so I avoided alcohol.
Wednesday is usually date night that always nearly involves drinking but my girlfriend was coming to the wedding, so we didn’t this week.
My sister was getting married in Scotland on Saturday, so we drove up to Liverpool and stayed the night there to break up the drive.
We arrived at 5pm, dropped the bags and headed straight to a rooftop bar. Had two pints of lager there (Heineken) and then went for dinner.
Dinner involved half a bottle of white wine and one glass of red wine. A little tipsy at this point it was difficult to call it a night with all the live music going on.
Had two more pints of lager (Coors Light) this time whilst listening to a dodgy cover artist. Knowing we had three more hours to drive early the next day we called it at around midnight.
We arrived in Scotland at around 2pm, straight to the hotel bar, which was open already, free drinks all weekend.
It was dangerous so tried to behave as I had some responsibilities the next day as the brother to the bride. The afternoon still involved eight pints of Tuborg.
Then the second sitting was at around 10pm when my girlfriend arrived and I switched to double G+T’s, as that’s what she drinks. I had three of those and I think I may have had a Jäger bomb but I can’t quite remember – that was just before I called it at 1am.
Units: 23.1 (including the Jäger bomb)
Sister’s wedding day. Woke up wounded and hungover but sorted out by an Alka-Seltzer. I was a groomsman, so we were ready for 12pm and had our first pint (Tuborg) then whilst waiting for everyone to get ready. I was making the first speech, so I was quite nervous so wanted some Dutch courage.
Had three more pints of Tuborg and a glass of Prosecco before the ceremony. The groom was nervous whilst waiting for my sister and he had a hip flask full of whiskey, so we had a shot of that before she came in at 2pm.
Photos lasted two hours during which I had two more glasses of prosecco now getting really nervous for my speech. With speeches over I had a half bottle of Italian red wine with the dinner. The evening involved a lot of dancing so I didn’t drink too much more as wanted to remember it. Had two more pints of Tuborg and someone did make me an old fashioned. Bed by 12pm.
With a seven hour journey ahead of us back to London, the thought of anymore alcohol would have made me feel sick. Hangover day with a lot of cheat food. No alcohol.
Still having wedding blues, I wasn’t in the mood for anything social. No alcohol and an early night.
Total units this week: 61.1
Total units in a week recommended by the NHS: 14 units (for anybody regardless of gender).
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