There. I've started you all off. It's Alcohol Awareness Week from from 18 to 24 November and Alcohol Concern is encouraging people to have conversations about alcohol and how it affects them. The charity hopes to get us talking about the health risks and social problems that are linked with alcohol use.
This week 26 pubs will close across the United Kingdom. In Barnet, the London borough where I live, there are currently community campaigns to save a number of pubs which have either been closed or are being threatened with closure. The picture is the same across much of the city, with London set to make a net loss of over 100 pubs this year.
To some, a cocktail is something that comes in a particular glass - notably the 'V' shaped martini glass. To others it has a traditional definition - that of a spirit (or liqueur) mixed with sugar, bitters and water (usually ice). Most see it as a mixed alcoholic drink though - but usually in a 'fancy' sense.
In a country like Britain where alcohol is drunk on most occasions, be it a wedding, funeral, party, football match, how hard is it to be a teetotaller? I've heard of people who have held a glass of wine in their hand at an important work do and not actually drunk it, in order to fit in. For those who struggle to fit in, there is now a solution.
So saying no to a drink for a month, when surrounded by shots, 21st birthday parties and bar crawls, has certainly proved a challenge. I wasn't exactly pacing the floors looking for a mini-bar a la Denzel Washington in Flight, but I did feel an apprehension that I hadn't before experienced when going out.