My Weird Life – Drinking

Too much weirdness is not good for anyone to suffer, so I have been giving this series a bit of a break for the past few weeks, however, it is back! You might remember that I started this series of blog posts to let you have a sneaky insight to the my weird life in an attempt to allow you to see that even though you thought you were ‘different’ after reading about me, you suddenly feel a lot more normal. This week I’m going to let you into the weirdness which is related to my drinking habits…

The last topic I looked at was about the weirdness of my sleeping. Believe it or not, this week’s post probably does relate to sleeping indirectly, but I’ll let you see if you can see the connection – ok I’ll give you a hint – the connection relates to a word beginning with ‘C’. No – I’m not giving you the second letter so don’t badger me…I wonder where that phrase comes from…’badgering’? If you know or have an idea then please put it in the comments below – much more interesting then doing a Google search for it. Anyway, back to drinking and the weirdness which is my life.

  • Alcohol – I have somewhat of a rough road with respect to my body systems. I’m sure I probably got the left overs when I was created and although I am very lucky to be relatively healthy, I do have a digestive system which is emotional and physically ransacked. Due to my strange eating habits (more of that in future posts) I had to have my stomach ‘checked out’ for ulcers and excessive acid production. I’m not going into the details of tubes and gagging, but luckily things were not as bad as original thought. The consequence of this, however, is that I cannot drink alcohol. Well, I can, if I wanted to, in small doses but I remember from past experience that one small one often leads to two or three and then you are ….well you know. I am, in fact, completely T-total and have been for a number of years. I don’t drink alcohol in any form even in food. Sometimes the latter is difficult but I do try. Interestingly enough, when I ever mention about being T-total, the comment I get is always – “not even champagne at weddings!” – correct, not even champagne. Because of this I am that annoying person still taking photos when everyone else is drunk, the person who is tired at 10pm when you drinkers are just getting going and everyone’s best friend when it comes to having a nominated driver…yep I’m the taxi person! – see I do have my uses! When streaming, I’ve often see people accepting donations for taking ‘shots’. I don’t think I would ever make money this way, suggesting that someone donates £5.00 and I’ll take a sip of water, doesn’t somehow have the same incentive to participate!
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  • Alternatives to Alcohol – Can I reassure you that I don’t actually have an obsession with alcohol, it just seemed a natural flow to include the word in this section as well. As well as not drinking alcohol my digestive system does not react well to other drinks either. Someone once said that they also knew that feeling since their body didn’t react well to alcohol either. I did think I had found a kindred spirit, but they were referring to drinking five pints or more and washing that down with …is it…Jaeger Bombs? I don’t drink milk (soya alternatives for me) and any fruit juices are completely off the list of choices. I can drink tea (always good to have a positive) but it tends to have to be diluted with soya milk – Earl Grey is my favourite – memories of uni days when I was first introduced to it – yes I know I am a heathen to have anything in Earl Grey tea apart from lemon! The next section is about coffee, but I need to make it clear in this section that I can’t drink instant coffee, filter coffee or even cafetiere coffee. Believe it or not, I can only have expresso coffee which is smothered in a latte. This is mainly due to the acidic nature of these drinks. Another positive is that I can still drink water….yeah!
  • Caffeine Addiction – Many people ask me about my vices when they hear I don’t drink alcohol. Well, I have three, and this is my first. CAFFEINE!!! I am most definitely a caffeine addict. I’m only allowed three cups of coffee a day (due to adverse effects of having more) although I frequently replace the word cup with mug – come on, what exactly is the difference! I drink soya lattes if available – preferably ‘wet’ – that means no foam. Why? less foam=more coffee! At home, I have a coffee machine that will froth my soya milk so I can continue with the lattes, but I have also found out that I can actually drink Nescafe Gingerbread Lattes. These come in sachets and I seem to be able to tolerate the milk content. I do stock pile boxes of these drinks since they say limited edition on the boxes…I hope they never stop doing them! As well as coffee I can drink Coca-cola. This has to be full fat cola, none of this zero stuff since I tend to have a ‘reaction’ to too much artificial sweetener. I can drink Pepsi, but only in small amounts. Interestingly enough, if I do go out, I am actually limited to two half pints of cola, since after this I do begin to act as if I am drunk and I wake up the next morning which a headache and extremely dry mouth. Yes, I rarely get invited out – a night out with me is not really a highlight…I do get a lot of requests to pick people up though.
  • As you can probably see, my drinking habits and choices are quite limited. This is not only related to stomach issues but also my whole digestive system…more to follow…not literally! It can sometimes be difficult at events or parties etc, although soya alternatives are becoming more and more available and often, when asked, they will provide them. I was going to say that I am probably not the best person to share a bottle of wine with, but if I am paying half, I probably am!

    Do you have any weird drinking habits or restrictions? Is there anything that you most definitely have to avoid at all costs or something which you adore, but is not wise for you to drink. Are you allergic to any drink? As always, it would be great to hear from you so please add your replies in the comments below or contact me on any of the social media sites which you frequent.

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