How much alcohol do you drink?


An innocuous question asked by a GP surgery nurse after giving me a pneumonia vaccination. It must have been on her checklist of ‘health’ questions to ask patients.

I told her I drank wine, my weekly units were as per the government’s regulations. She smiled and then we had a brief chat about the delights of sipping chilled white port on holiday.

After I left, as so often happens when one is caught unawares, I wished I had responded pithily. I would have said: ‘Why don’t you ask me how much coke do I drink or how many fruit smoothies I slosh down my throat?’ Or ‘How many chocolate bars do I gobble a day?’ Or ‘bags of crisp?’

Why is it always alcohol that obsesses healthcare professionals?

Answers on the back of a bar mat…

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