Dave’s Blog began when he came to DAS with the aim of reducing his drinking.
His counsellor, Sally, asked him to fill out a drinking diary each week so that he could keep track of his progress, and see what issues it raised that he could learn from.
Dave found the exercise so positive that he kept it going thinking others might find some of the lessons and personal observations useful too.
We’ve opened the Blog at the start of the Xmas period…a time when influence and pressures to drink are heightened.
I’m starting to get into the Xmas spirit and looking forward to sensible drinking for the first time in thirty years.
Buying good quality lager and drinking less: the units work out the same but it tastes so much better and feels more satisfying.
Had an appointment with my counsellor. We are meeting every two weeks to discuss what I’m doing, so I can keep on the right path. She thinks my attitude to life and mind set is changing, and I think she’s right.
Drove members of the family for a drink. One is easier when you’re driving, as everyone understands. Spent the afternoon assembling kids toys, and received a gift selection of red wines – must discuss with my counsellor.
Being back at work feels strange, the place is deserted; like Monday for the whole week. At home my wife and I finished the Xmas Sherry. A small glass each, and I let her have the last one. Another first, because nobody gets the last one but me! I will tell my counsellor the Sherry story if I get the chance.
Went Bank holiday sales shopping with my wife, and took her for lunch and a beer. Picked up a selection of real ales on the way home, and had one in the evening - got bought a new pint pot for Xmas. Feels good to have it near but I suspect it will be short-lived phase.
Back at work and tomorrow is Wednesday, which I’ve designated as my dry day. Saw my friend D at the pub and he looks bad. I tried to tell him to ease off the beer, but he thinks I’ve gone a bit ‘up myself’. I know what he means, but D is pleased I’m making the effort.
Another good session with my counsellor. She likes the way we are working and wants to change tack a little and move on to keeping with the present consumption of units (or less), and not regressing to old habits.