A couple weeks ago we went out with my parents. They came up to York and we went into the city and went for a meal. I had a pint and a half before, a glass of wine during and 2 glasses after.
We then came home and it was pretty early, so I had another wine and soda water and a cider.
The next day I woke up and felt like death. I didn’t feel like I’d drank loads. In my pit of desperation, I decided to download the Dry January app, even though there were only a few days of January left.
I looked at few apps in the app store and most of them were aimed at alcoholics wanting to quit drinking forever. I wasn’t looking for that. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for until I found it.
I’m happy to report that the app doesn’t just work in January. Hurrah!
I added up what I had drunk the day before and was horrified to see I had drunk 18 units and 1200 calories worth of alcohol.
I think a lot of people underestimate what they drink and don’t know what units are in what drinks. But I had drunk over the 14 units per week guideline for women in the space of a few hours.
No wonder I was hungover.
This app is now something I’m going to use to track drinking. It lets you say if you have had a drink each day and input what it is. This tells you calorie and units.
Then at the end, you can see how many alcohol-free days you’ve had in the calendar below.
You can tell what week I was off work, can’t you? Though 3 of the 4 days were just 1 or 2 drinks.
I fill in myfitnesspal to track my food with when I eat, I’m now going to do the same with drinking and hopefully can use that as a way to not drink 18 units at once again!
Do you know how much you drink?