So, I’ve recently decided that – gasp – I want to cut back on my wine drinking, at least temporarily. For awhile, I was drinking about a glass of wine a night and getting a good buzz on and all was well. Then, as my tolerance increased, I slowly started drinking a bit more each night. A few weeks ago I realized I was easily putting away at least 3 glasses a night to get the same buzz, which is more than half a bottle. That’s when I was like:
I then decided that I’m going to cut down my drinking to only ONE glass of wine a night (with one weekend day of excessive drinking allowed). Why, you ask?
I buy cheap wine. (Hi, Sutter Home. I love you.) But even so, if I drink ¾ of a bottle a night, it adds up. That means in a week, I could go through what, 5 bottles-ish? Let’s say all the wine I buy is between 5-10 bucks…with tax, it probably comes out to about $50 week on booze. That’s $200/month. Um, have you met me? That’s more than I spend on FOOD in a month. Perhaps you’ve seen me complain about apartment hunting, or my inability to afford a cat. I clearly can NOT spend that much on booze a month.
If I cut down to one glass a night, I’m only going through 2 (well, maybe a bit more than two if you take my cheat night into account) bottles a week. Much more manageable.
Unfortunately, wine has calories, y'all. About 100 calories/glass (I know it varies, but let’s just go with that number). I don’t drink many other calorie filled drinks like sodas or juices, so ONE glass of wine doesn’t bother me too much.
However, if I’m drinking three glasses a night, that’s 300 calories! It’s practically another meal. Plus there’s the whole “drunk eating” aspect you can take into account too…. (you know, the more you drink, the more likely you are to pig out).
|Don't act like you guys don't do this.|
Remember my “World’s Best Girlfriend” New Year’s resolution work?
Well, I don’t think the World’s Best Girlfriend is a raging alcoholic. Sure, I think Boyfriend secretly (or openly) likes it when I drink a lot and then pass out so then he can go to bed early like he wants to or try to sneak out and go home without me hearing, but still. He probably wouldn’t like it if I was always like this:
Um, yeah. I don’t become a hysterical drunk or anything, but still. Slightly less rational perhaps.
SO. Not only am I saving calories/money by temporarily drinking less, but my goal is to get my tolerance level back down to a “lightweight” area, thus saving more calories/money to get a nice little buzz on.
I’ve been doing it for like a week now, and was pretty proud of myself. Until I hung out with Boyfriend.
|In case you're wondering, this wasn't Boyfriend's idea or suggestion. |
He's just trying to keep me honest.
Well, damnit. A fatal flaw in my plan. I feel like anything that fits in a standard wine glass is one glass. Am I wrong? Maybe don’t answer that.