I’ve been trying to remember when things started to go wrong.
I can remember having a conversation with someone at work about how many glasses a night was the “right” amount. He said two. I thought to myself hmmmm but I often drink three. That was about ten years ago. Have I really been questioning my drinking for ten years? A decade? Holy crap.
But I can also remember some pretty questionable drinking behaviors when my daughter was a baby. That was fifteen years ago. But I didn’t question those behaviors at the time.
And then there was the time I went late to a family gathering because of a hangover, twenty years ago. Another time a family member teased – has there ever been an event when you weren’t hungover? I just laughed it off and she did too.
I guess we drink too much before we start thinking we drink too much.
And can you believe the people in my life were surprised when I quit last year? Most were very surprised. Even my husband was surprised and he’s been with me throughout all of it.
No wonder so many people continue to drink despite negative consequences.