Yesterday, I picked up Malia and her girlfriend, Joyce, from the airport to surprise Matt for his birthday. Matt is my brother-in-law, and Malia is his sister. I spent the evening with them, my sister, brother, niece, and parents. We went to Lagunitas, where we went for Matt’s birthday 3 days ago.
I drank a lot on Matt’s birthday, enjoyed myself a lot, but didn’t wake up with the best energy the next day. Last night, after Lagunitas, Matt, Malia, Joyce, and I went bowling, and I drank at the bowling alley, as well as Lagunitas. I didn’t drink a lot, and it didn’t have the negative after effect that drinking on Matt’s birthday had, but I realized that I don’t like drinking two days in the same week. I don’t drink often. I usually only drink on some birthdays, or during big family parties, so drinking on Wednesday night and Friday night was a lot for me.
Today I’ve had heart burn off and on, which is from the alcohol, and it doesn’t feel good. Even if I don’t get hang overs, or don’t get drunk, and just have a couple of beers, I still get heartburn the next day. It still dehydrates me, and I still feel a little more tired the next day.
I also drank a lot on my East Coast 2 month trip. Whenever I visited a new person, which was often, we’d have a mini party because I hadn’t seen them in about a year. When I got back from the trip, I had the most horrible heart burn, to the point where it woke me up at night, and I began to vomit. The doctor told me my heartburn was due to the alcohol I had on the East Coast, and that it was getting out of my system.
The conclusion I came to is basically what I’m currently doing. I don’t want to drink often, or a lot. I like sticking to big parties, if I’m in the mood to drink. I won’t cut drinking out of my life, but I’ll be more aware of the effects it has on my health and energy.
Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine and EDGE Media Network. She’s working on launching her own progressive LGBTQ publication. She’s a Connection Connoisseur, Networking Maven and Self-Love Enthusiast. She founded Community Bucket List and co-founded the Love Warrior Community. Find her on Twitter, @CommKr8veWriter.