I’ve come to realize that I’ve been overdoing it a little with the alcohol. I could cut back, but the problem is, I don’t want to, and I don’t see how I can.
On Thursday, I go to a happy hour with the CouchSurfers. I have about 5 drinks in four hours and take the metro home.
On Friday and Saturday, I take the girlfriend out partying/clubbing. So that’s another 4 drinks or so.
The next day is yet another Steeler Sunday, which absolutely requires 3 hours of drinking and yelling at the TV at my local Steeler bar.
Monday is pub trivia, which is a big hit with my friends, and it’s absolutely wrong to go enjoy free trivia games without purchasing any drinks.
Tuesday is poker night. My only night guaranteed away from the girlfriend! It’s all sports, cards, swearing, and beer until midnight.
Wednesday is my only night off from drinking. So it’s a little weird for me to tell if I have a problem. As far as I can tell, there aren’t any negative effects from it on the outside. I go to work, I don’t drive drunk, I’m not verbally abusive to anyone, and I can spare the calories. I like being drunk. Dancing, football, and happy hour (especially) aren’t very fun sober.
I guess what I need to know is:
Is this abnormal for a mid-20s almost-engaged guy?
Is it unhealthy?
Will it start a pattern, or am I likely to outgrow it (such as when I have kids)?
Did anyone else go through a period of life like this? Nostalgia or regrets?