Weekday drinking may have a certain stigma, but we're making the argument that it's okay to imbibe on Mondays (or Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays). After all, everything in moderation — including moderation. Here are three reasons to pour yourself a real drink tonight.
1. Mondays are hard.
While there are plenty of non-alcoholic ways to make Mondays a little better, sometimes what you really want is something alcoholic. And a sensibly proportioned glass of wine (by your own happy, grown adult standards) is not going to kill you (see number three below). It can, on the other hand, help you relax — so long as you don't drink the entire bottle.
2. Mocktails have calories, too.
If you're trying to skip the booze in an effort to cut calories, chances are that mocktail isn't doing you any favors. In fact, a whisky on the rocks or pour of cabernet probably has fewer calories than that virgin strawberry-pineapple fizz. If calories are important, skip anything — mocktail or cocktail — that's high in sugar.
3. The American Heart Association says it's OK.
Health experts, nutritionists, and the American Heart Association agree — it's okay to have a drink a day for women (and up to two for men). That's not to say you should have a drink or two per day; rather that it's within the accepted bounds of moderate drinking to do so.
So, What Defines a Drink?
According to the CDC, a standard drink is equal to 14 grams (0.6 ounces) of pure alcohol. In actual alcoholic beverage terms, this equates to the following:
- 12 ounces of beer (5% alcohol content)
- 8 ounces of malt liquor (7% alcohol content)
- 5 ounces of wine (12% alcohol content)
- 1.5 ounces of 80-proof (40% alcohol content) liquor
It's important to note that there are other factors at play, too. Women retain a higher blood-alcohol concentration than men from a single drink. And, of course, you never want to drink on an empty stomach — food slows the absorption rate of alcohol into your bloodstream.
Bottom line? The point of a little indulgence is just that — to indulge. But should you decide to go alcohol-free, we have a few mocktail ideas just in case.