posted on Jun, 26 2007 @ 01:54 AM
I'm not T-total. I enjoy a few drinks at the weekend, and my alcohol intake is no doubt above recommended levels. Last time I was completely T total
was when I was about 15 years old. I come from a drinking family in a drinking community. I work in an environment where drinking is part of the
normal social life. I have moved back into the Sergeants Mess, so drinking is part of the way of life. It's a drinking culture.
Saying that, I know I can keep a handle on it now. Several years ago I had a real problem with drink, mostly due to severe stress from work and home
life. The big thing is I was not alone. There were literally dozens in my regiment who were in the same situation. Back then we spent our whole lives
as terrorist targets both on and off duty, and that put massive amounts of strain on us all. In that time I was hardly ever sober. My main thought was
'when can I get home for a drink?'. My home life suffered, as did my fitness. I am pretty sure that those couple of years held me back at work too.
These days I can take or leave it. I am happy to go for months without a drink, as is the case on some operational tours. Most nights I don't drink
at all, preferring to get together with some mates and go running/training, hit the cinema or some such. I'm also studying for a degree at the
minute, so I have to dedicate a lot of time to that.
There's nothing wrong with having a few drinks at the weekend. However I have seen the other end of the spectrumand know what it can do to you. Well
done to those who don't drink. And keep a handle on it to those who do.