Well, I'm sorta in. I just noticed this started about a week after I started my own little experiment to heal my gut after a bad reaction to a food I've eaten all my life.
So first week: No alcohol at all; no coffee at all.
18 days total: Three cups of coffee, a couple of glasses of sweet vermouth (all those herbs make it a digestiv, dontcha know) , and a couple of Tropical Drunken Goat Herders (goat milk, banana, rum).
So, as usual, I'm not 100% compliant about anything - even my own plan.
It was easy to stop drinking beer when I moved here because it's stupidly expensive if you don't drink Bud or the other $10/case beers. Red wine was also easy because even just a glass or two (and quality doesn't seem to factor in) does result in a headache the next day, or even sometimes while I'm drinking it. Not a fan of white wine unless it has bubbles.
Clear distilled spirits are my nemeses. And I've learned some stuff.
- Cheap gin = devil's piss. I.e., I will wake up with the feeling of spikes in my head and eyeballs.
- Moderate to good gin = tastes better and no hangover. Lest one thinks one needs vermouth for the perfect martini, I've found that just whispering the word "vermouth" over the (very chilled) glass will suffice.
- Cheap vodka = no hangover, but was starting to rip up my stomach. My palate is pedestrian, so I can't really tell much difference in cheap and good when it comes to vodka.
- Tequila (I like silver) = tastes good and no hangover. Therefore, for me it's dangerous. Lime or salt you say? Nope - I love the taste and don't want it diluted. Must minimally be 100% agave, but I'm no snob on the brand name.
My "sorta in" really just means that I probably won't consign drinking just to weekends, but I am trying to go four to six days between drinks.
"Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine