Friday 21 October 2016

'I couldn't tell you the last time I got drunk or had a hangover' - Rosanna Davison

Published 17/10/2016 | 07:42

Rosanna Davison
Rosanna Davison
Rosanna Davison

Alcohol and how much of it we drink is a touchy subject in this country. Elle Gordon asked some well-known people to talk to us honestly about their drinking habits. Here, nutritional therapist and food blogger Rosanna Davison tell us how much she imbibes, her favourite tipple, why she drinks, how she deals with hangovers and the 'Fear' and her feelings about giving it up for good.

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During my time at UCD, in my early twenties, I went through my party phase and drank more frequently than I ever would now. I definitely drink far less than I did then. I don’t drink alcohol on weeknights and I could go for weeks without having a drink. On weeks I do have a drink, it would be a few over a meal on a Friday or Saturday night with friends or family. I would generally save it for more special occasions, such as a wedding or on holiday, rather than just watching TV. Therefore, it feels like more of a treat. I have to admit that I don’t go to pubs or clubs very often these days!

I can’t stand the feeling of being drunk, and I couldn’t tell you the last time I actually got drunk. I have a very clear switch-off button, so the minute I feel tipsy, I move straight on to the water for the rest of the night. The idea of being out of control or not remembering the night really scares me. With alcohol, I can take it or leave it. I’m just as happy to drive on a night out as I am to leave the car at home and have a few drinks. Again, I can’t remember the last time I had a hangover either. I don’t drink wine because I find it quite sugary, or cocktails, so I tend to stick to a lighter drink like vodka with soda water and lime, plus I always drink water alongside alcoholic drinks. So I find that combination definitely helps to hydrate the system.

I never feel hung-over after a night out, so I continue as normal with my day. My rule is that if I do have a few drinks, it can’t affect my ability to function the following day. That’s where drinking lots of water and drinking moderately is the best approach for me. I feel that drinking starts to become a problem when it affects your brain and body the next day. I really enjoy a glass of Champagne on special occasions, though.

Rosanna Davison
Rosanna Davison

I don’t use drinking as a reward. I love to have fun with friends when the occasion calls for it, but I enjoy it sensibly and never let it affect the rest of my life.

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