The consumption of alcohol is not something I really feature on the blog. Why? There are several reasons. First and foremost I am lucky to have readers of all ages. However, that also includes girls age 15 and up. In other words: They shouldn’t be drinking (even though I know we’ve probably all secretly snuck a beer here or there before turning 16). I tend to celebrate a healthy lifestyle and that is also what I choose to share with you guys. None-the-less, alcohol is definitely a part of my life – as weird as it feels to write it like that. Most events, dinners and other gatherings that I am invited to usually involve at least 1 drink. On the weekends, when we cook meals together with friends we love a good bottle of wine and when I go out dancing with the girls, cocktails are usually part of the fun. Still, I am known as “the responsible one” by my friends. They have actually told me, that they’ll mark their calendars the day they ever see me drink too much. Why so? Because I had to learn the hard way.
When I was 19 and had only been living in Vienna for 6 months, I woke up one morning after a night out with all of my belongings stolen and no memory whatsoever of how I got home. Not a good feeling, trust me. Let alone the fact that Mike was incredibly disappointed and didn’t speak to me for days. There is no other way to put this: It sucked! So much! I am someone who loves to celebrate the beautiful things in life – being drunk to the point where I decided to leave the apartment door open all night after somehow finding my way home definitely doesn’t fit the picture. Plus, replacing a phone, camera, canceling all of my cards, … is not exactly fun either. Why am I telling you this? Because alcohol is social and can be fun, as long is it is enjoyed responsibly! When I heard about the new Enjoy Heineken Responsibly campaign, it was a no-brainer that I wanted to be a part of it. With the motto of “Moderate Drinkers Wanted”, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to use my platform to tell my story.
Ever since that incident almost 8 years ago, I’ve been a responsible drinker. I prefer to stay in control, I don’t like to spend the entire next day in bed with a headache or an upset stomach, and I always like to remember how I got home, which includes locking the door before going to sleep. My rule? One glas of water for every drink consumed. By the end of the night, you’ll still be able to walk in your heels, lipstick won’t be smeared all over your face and your body will thank you the next day – of course the same goes for the guys. Except for the lipstick and high heels.
In other words: Let’s make moderate drinking cool!
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