With my serious hat on, I'd say that it is the best option for some (most?) The damage caused by alcohol, across a numer of measures (no pun intended) is considerable. I've no doubt that that kind of statement will outrage many who, I readily acknowledge, can drink both with moderation and good sense.In the end it is the only way, abstain completely.
good newsUpdate: Much better week this week despite Wife going to A&E and other stresses - only had two small beers on Thursday Evening with a meal.
This weekend is unfortunately / fortunately my Daughters birthday so we are going out this evening.
I can't (and won't) have anything at the weekend so that is good news.
I feel I might be turning a corner, but it is very early days.
Thank you all for your support - I can say it has 100 % helped reading all your anecdotes and advice.
I'm our neighbourhood's handy bicycle repair person. I'll fix any bike that is suitably low tech for anyone who asks nicely.My neighbour came around today. "I need a favour" he said "there's a beer in it for you"
I get this too: I don't drink and never have, but when people don't know what to get, wine is what they think of. Admittedly this is wine growing region, but still...I'm our neighbourhood's handy bicycle repair person. I'll fix any bike that is suitably low tech for anyone who asks nicely.
I've lost count of the number of times I've told people that I don't drink, but nearly every repair results in a bottle of wine. It helps me understand just how deeply alcohol is embedded in our society.