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If you are a regular Google-er or Daily Mail reader (Guilty M’lud) you’ll know that if we adopt a more Mediterranean Lifestyle – eat fish with fresh vegetables, pluck olives from trees and enjoy a glass of wine every day – we’ll all live to 104ish.
Equally, you’ll be aware that if we drink anywhere near the UK government health limit (about 6 medium glasses wine – no, not per day, per week!) we’ll die of some horrible disease, after being struck down by early onset dementia.
You Can’t Win…BUT (evil laughter) You Can Wine!
Why? Because there are just some things in life that are much more enjoyable when alcohol is involved – and in my book, enjoyment is always good for your health.
Here are 10 of them…
Wine adds to the joy of eating. Ok, not Beans on Toast on a Monday night, but I just can’t imagine getting stuck into a steak & chips without a nice glass of red, or working my way through a Charcuterie Board, drinking a Pepsi.
Is your life is insanely busy and you spent most days dealing with difficult colleagues, clients and/ or family members, suppressing road rage and fretting about how you’re going to clear this month’s credit card bill? Well, do yourself a favour, when you get home after a particularly difficult day, put out a plate of crisps (those high-fat Kettle Chip ones), pour yourself a generous Gin and Tonic, switch on America’s Next Top Model and you’ll instantly go into relaxation mode, your blood pressure will probably drop and, I expect that your doctor would congratulate you on your self-care.
Got people coming over for dinner – including that annoying woman who has outshone you in just about every area of life – and you’re running about like a headless chicken trying to cook a headless chicken? STOP! Pour yourself a glass of bubbly, channel your inner Nigella, and stir that sauce, sexily.
Now I’m not advocating getting steaming then stoating (erm, that’ll be the Scottish chat) your way around Sainsbury’s snapping up 36 BBQ chicken wings (even though you’re vegan) because they’re on 3 for 2. No, supermarket shopping needs all your concentration.
BUT, if you are looking for, say, a new pair of shoes for your cousin’s upcoming wedding, then the perfect way to go is to meet up with a couple of friends, share a long, lively lunch, with some wine, THEN hit the shops.
I promise, your shopping will go so much more smoothly because –
A. It’s 4pm already and you don’t have time to waste trawling the shops.
B. Your inhibitions will be (slightly) softened, so you’ll be happy to spend a little bit more than your budget AND you, and your friends, will think those purple leopard print stilettos are a great idea (just keep the receipt)
Fear of Flying
The minute you get through Airport Security hit the nearest bar, order a stiff one and by take-off time you’ll be so relaxed and engrossed in Red magazine you’ll forget to have a panic attack.
The End of a Relationship
Fed up your better half but can’t bring yourself to end it? Knock back a couple of vinos and spill the beans. Or if you’re on the receiving end of a chuck-ing, phone a friend and head out for an evening of Cocktails & Kleenex.
A holiday only really begins when you’ve checked in to your hotel, freshened up, wandered around town, found the perfect spot to sit and watch the locals promenading or the sun setting, and you take your first sip of a glass of rosé…and breathe.
There’s nothing more awkward than a first date when you desperately spend hours trying to find something that you have in common
Favorite foods? Nope
Star Signs? Nope.
Make it much easier and more fun – order a Cosmopolitan, get a bit flirty and if you still don’t fancy him after an hour, hail a cab.
Family Wedding? Promotion? The Arrival of a New Baby?
Sometimes in life, things are worth celebrating.
Sometimes in life, a glass of sparkling Elderflower refresher and passing around a box Milk Tray just doesn’t crack it.
Sometimes in life, the only thing to do is pop open a bottle of Champagne and shout, really loudly, Cheers!
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