In my part of the world the clocks have just gone back, so yesterday we got a whole extra hour in the day.
I love it when that happens! But it got me thinking about how important time is.
Which made me wonder whether you know how much time alcohol is stealing from your week? I’ve worked out what that number was for me – and it’s mind boggling to think about.
In today’s video, I’ve got an eye-opening exercise to help you calculate this…
You’ll find the prompts I ask in the video below. Have a go at this exercise, even if you believe you’re a super-efficient drinker who tends to drink whilst doing other stuff. I think you might be surprised by how those hours add up!
– During a typical week, how much time do you spend recovering from drinking? E.g. Hiding in bed because you feel too bad to get up, spending longer on your make up to hide how you feel, or lying on the sofa not doing the things you had planned.
– How much time do you spend putting things right or checking that they are alright? E.g. Trying to sort out an argument you started whilst drinking, trawling through your phone, checking what you posted on Facebook or who you messaged last night.
– How much time do you spend managing your alcohol habit? E.g. Time spent planning when you’ll next drink and battling with yourself. Buying alcohol in different shops, in case someone notices how much you buy. Time spent disposing of empties or arranging taxis because you can’t drive.
– How much time do you spend worrying about your drinking? E.g. Time spent googling for help, reading websites like this one, or overanalysing that offhand comment someone just made about your alcohol consumption?
– How much time do you spend living life on repeat? E.g. Watching a movie and realising halfway through that you’ve already seen it. Having the same argument with your boss or partner but never doing anything about it. Ruminating on issues but never taking action.
– How much time do you spend each week actually being drunk? Being physically present, but mentally absent? How much of that time can’t you remember at all? How much of it is a kind of drunkenness you wouldn’t want other people to see?
Personally, I think that when I was drinking, I might have lost an average of one hour a day doing all the things I described above. Some days it was a lot more than that. I’ve been alcohol free for more than 10 years now, so that’s thousands of hours – weeks of my life – that I’ve got back. What about you?