I slept well, having to wake up twice to pee. It's hard to believe I haven't had any food in 60 hours, because I feel fine.
Stool report: Looked like a Jackson Pollock, but monochrome brown.
It's 7:40am, and I'm drinking a 6.6% Innis & Gunn. I'm running into a problem with my beer cellar, in that most of the beer I have is between 6% and 15% alcohol. That concerns me, because my goal for this diet isn't to get plowed. I may need to go shopping soon for some weaker beer.
I'm also concerned about getting through today. It's my first time on the diet where I don't have anything scheduled, so I'll probably be home all day. That could be fine, because I need to get some work done (I only managed a few hundred words yesterday), but it could be bad, because without any activities to distract me I could:
A) Drink too much.
B) Start thinking about food.
Oddly enough, the AA saying "One day at a time" applies to me in this situation. I can't imagine not eating for 27 days. But I think I can get through today without food.
Since I brought up AA, this is a good time to talk about alcoholism. According to Wikipedia, alcoholism is the compulsive and uncontrolled consumption of alcoholic beverages, usually to the detriment of the drinker's health, personal relationships, and social standing.
I love beer. I also love good rum, scotch, whiskey, and tequila. I normally drink a few times a week, and a few times a month I probably drink too much.
But never has my alcohol consumption fit the definition of compulsive or uncontrolled. As evidenced by my last blood work, my health is fine aside from the fat. My personal relationships are terrific. I can't really comment on my social standing, because lots of folks despise me, but that has to do with my public image, not because of any drinking I'm doing. In fact, I bet a lot of NY publishers wished I drank a helluva lot more.
I do recognize that some people are addicted to alcohol, and it ruins their health and their life. This has not been the case with me. My life is damn close to ideal. Even when I was poor and struggling, unhappy with my career path, I can't say I drank any more or less than I do today. I've never needed alcohol, or used it to help cope, or as a crutch. I also don't require it in social situations.
I think the US has a love/hate relationship with alcohol. One one hand, there is a general understanding that drinking is a form of recreation and entertainment, and that it isn't ever going away. On the other, drinking has been demonized. The fact that a person can vote, serve their country in the armed forces, but can't have a beer is ridiculous. Most states have regulated times when alcohol can be sold. Some only allow beer to be sold by the case. Some have specials stores that sell hard liquor. Some don't allow alcohol sales on Sunday. Some counties are completely dry.
I find these laws, and all laws the supposedly protect me from myself, to be pretty stupid. People should be able to do what they want to, as long as they aren't hurting others. If I want to buy a beer at 4am, why can't I? I don't need the government to be my parents. In fact, I don't even need my parents anymore, because I'm an adult.
I'm aware that alcohol can destroy lives. I fully support tough laws on drunk drivers (full disclosure, I've never had a DUI). But this all comes down to choice. Even if you believe addiction is a disease (some doctors don't), it isn't as if your body is spontaneously generating alcohol like cancer cells. To get drunk you need to put the alcohol into your body manually. And let's be honest; if you really want a drink, you can find one, even in a totally dry county.
But I don't want this diet to turn into a debate about alcoholism, addiction, or dependency.
Beer is fun. And with this diet, I'm hoping to show that beer isn't as bad for you as you might think. It might even turn out to be good for you.