Sunday, September 14, 2008

I Drink Alone

So, last night over dinner, my family had an interesting discussion about "drinking alone" vs. "drinking socially." A lot of people maintain that drinking alone is not a good sign, that it points to some sort of alcohol problem. After having lived with an alcoholic for years who drank alone for reasons foreign to me (and all of the non-alcoholics I know), I think drinking alone is not always a bad sign.

My sister brought up the point that being single women, as we both are, drinking a glass or two of wine at night alone should be fine. I mean, should we have to wait to be in a relationship to be able to have a relaxing glass of wine at the end of the day? If a married couple wants to share a glass or two of wine over dinner, it's completely accepted. However, if a single woman wants to sit by herself and drink a glass or two of wine, it's vilified, or a sign of a real problem. Consider the alternative, spending four times as much a glass for wine, risking driving while (even slightly) impaired, and drinking alone at a bar.
Weigh in...what do you think?


Elisa said...

I think it's fine to drink alone. I think if you're doing it to get drunk or escape reality that is bad no matter where you are when you are doing it.

Lisa said...

I think drinking alone is great! But that's because if I'm drinking alone that means my kids are in bed and my husband is sleeping soundly (or out of town) and I have five flippin' minutes to myself!!!

Getting drunk alone...different story, in my opinion.

Amelia's moms said...

I like the distinction between drinking alone and getting drunk alone. I'll admit I'm much less likely to drink alone than together, but it's more out of habit than anything.