Honestly, how much do you drink per week?
Victorians are under scrutiny this morning for admitting they consume five or more standard drinks in one session per week.
Phwoar, say the community minded. Outrageous, say the teetotallers. Wonder what they’re drinking, ask the thirsty?
But before we get too far up on our respective Friday morning high horses, ask yourselves this Punchers, do you really, truly count every drink that you have? And if you did, would it really, truly be so much less than the (at least) five Victorians admitted to.
Chances are probably not. At the very least you’d meet them there or at least halfway. Everybody lies about how much they drink and smoke. And if they don’t lie they just conveniently forget to count the couple that come in between the second and the third. Or that second bottle of wine that you don’t get around to finishing, completely.
Doctors know this. That’s way so many willingly admit to doubling the number of standard weekly drinks their patients give them when they’re filling out an examination form. Ditto cigarettes, but that’s another matter altogether.
Point is, when it comes to our health, most of us aren’t prepared to be honest enough to rise above the fear of being judged to tell the truth about the stuff we put in our bodies.
Let’s change that right now and join our Victorian friends in an exercise of honesty and openness. I’ll kick things off by admitting to having already consumed three glasses of wine this week, an amount I expect to double tonight when I’m out with friends for dinner.
What about you?
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