I've been a heavy drinker (averaged through the full week, I'd say 2 drinks/night, though definitely weighted toward the weekend) throughout my twenties and early thirties, and I've recently figured... hey! Wouldn't it be nice for my health (mental, physical, and even financial) if I cut back to a more moderate level?
So for the past two weeks (and for at least the next two weeks), I've limited myself to seven drinks a week (and no more than two drinks/night) and I have to say... it's kind of lame. Coming home and not having half a bottle of wine with dinner isn't too bad, but going to parties with friends and never getting to that tasty cuddly euphoria? Or (oh so lovely) a long leisurely brunch full of mimosas?
Can I replace alcohol with something else? David Nutt's research looks promising
far from available. A lot of people have success with cannabis, but that renders me a neurotic mute. Can one hypnotically induce the sensation of tipsiness? Are there supplements that potentiate the benefits of alcohol but not the dangers so those two drinks go further?
Any other suggestions for cutting back?
Eh, maybe I'll acclimate. (Am I really going to get more energy? That'd be nice.)
Man, and reading this back... do I Have a Problem?