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Monday 24 July 2017

At wine o'clock we forget how to be moderate drinkers

We're so civilised when we choose wine at home over falling out of the pub, but it all causes brain damage, writes Sarah Caden

RISKY: We know we’re pushing our luck, but still find ways to define our drinking as ‘moderate’. Stock picture
RISKY: We know we’re pushing our luck, but still find ways to define our drinking as ‘moderate’. Stock picture

Sarah Caden

A friend recently went out with a gang of her oldest female friends and was shocked to discover that some had cut back on their drinking. They still enjoyed what we'd call a "good" night out, but they had curtailed the tipping away, the midweek at-home drinking, the drip-drip of wine o'clock.

"I was shocked," said my friend, sadly. She's not what you'd call a big drinker; but neither were they. And she felt bothered that they were cutting back further.

Most alcohol-drinking women of my age can relate. We've read all the articles that tell us that a giant Celtic Tiger-sized balloon glass of nightly wine is not good for us. And that it still counts as boozing. And that it is an inappropriate reward for getting through the day.

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