Maybe there really is such a thing as zeitgeist? No, of course there is. I am confusing it with poltergeist. Anyway, I had only recently taken the decision to have a dry May, when I read an article, which suggested that many of my fellow Britons are doing the same. Apparently, a National Statistics lifestyle survey revealed that of 8,000 Brits surveyed just under 60% had had a drink in the previous week, which is the lowest rate since the survey began in 2005.
Traditionally, people are more likely to give up alcohol in January as part of a New Year’s Resolution, but this just seems to make January a more miserable month than it often is. I have always liked May. It seems like a month full of the optimism of a warm summer to come. May could not be significantly spoiled by staying dry.
I want to give up alcohol, but I don’t want to give up pubs. I enjoy the atmosphere of a pub, regardless of what I am drinking, so I am still maintaining my regular pub hours, only now you are more likely to find me with a pint of lemonade in my hand than a frothing tankard of real ale.
Beneficial health effects? It is early days. Perhaps my weight is a pound or two less? Perhaps there are less bile salts leeching into my skin? Perhaps my mind is thinking a little bit clearer?
One thing though: the days seem longer. Or is that just another good thing about May?
© Beery Sue
Beery Sue is determined to get herself into shape.