Alcohol’s After-effects

I don’t know how alcoholics do it.  I go out one night a week.  I drink about five to six beers, and I am a mess for the next three days.  Don’t get me wrong, I am out there and doing things.  I play with my nephews, associate with my brother, my Dad and my friends, but I am exhausted and dehydrated for the next three days.  I work out, and I drink what I consider a lot of water and juices, but when Friday rolls around I drink some alcohol.  This last Saturday was a bad one. 

The thing of it is, I work my butt off, and when that week is done I want to go out with my friends and socialize.  Alcohol serves as a social lubricant for me.  It sounds sad, but I can’t think of a better reason to sit with friends and enjoy a long-term evening together.  When you’re sitting with a movie, everyone is quiet and attentive with the movie on.  A sporting event is a little better, because you have breaks, but your primary focus is on the sporting event, and your stories get clipped by the action on the screen.  A dinner requires attention to the menu, the waiter, the food, and then the exit.  If the timeframe between the food and the exit is too long, things get a little awkward.  At cookouts, everyone is so spread out on different events it’s hard to get a group together long enough for a good conversation.  Drinking at a bar is, unfortunately, the best way to sit and socialize for me.  I wish something would come along and take it’s place, because this three day recovery time thing is becoming too much for me.

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