As I hinted in my last post, I have gone dry for Lent. I am not doing this for religious reasons -- so why? Two reasons...
First of all, I want to make sure I can do it. According to the government guidelines, I drink too much. I'm pretty sceptical about the guidelines. Where did they come from? And who actually decided how much was too much, and on what basis? And who invented this word "unit", which seemed to spring from nowhere sometime in my 40s? All the same, I'm pretty clear that if I couldnt do without the demon drink for a self-imposed month a year, then I'd have problems. So it's a checkout against alcoholism, I guess.
Second, I am sure it must be good for me, and for my hardworking liver. The stuff is poison after all, so a break from it is bound to be restorative. Detox basically.
Why in Lent, if not for religion? Well because there is a supportive culture of abstinence around in Lent that makes it a bit easier. That means you can go to a party and say you're not drinking because it's Lent, and no-one will say "Oh go on, just one". They might think, "I didn't know SHE was religious", but they won't force a glass of Pinot Grigio into your hand.
So is it easy? And do I feel better?