I went for my aged 45–49 subsidised Health Check today. Visual acuity magnificent (except for reading, where I really need it), heart good, blood yet to be tested (have to fast for that), head okay, but of course there is Too. Much. Grog. in my life. She took her special doctor's pencil and circled 'Risky or high-risk drinking' on the list. Not risky as in might-fall-over-and-hit-my-head, or assault someone, but risky for Alzheimer's, heart disease, blood pressure.
I was, of course, totally stunned and surprised (not).
'How much does it cost you?' she said. 'Lots,' I said. 'You could use that money to reward yourself.' 'But I use alcohol to reward myself!' I said. She didn't seem to understand. Funny old doctor-people.
So is there anyone out there who likes wine as much as I do and has found a good method of cutting back on it? I mean, I know what to do, but stickability is a problem. Has anyone achieved a comfortable solution long-term?