I know RA is a nasty disease and were really lucky to have drugs available to fight it. I also know we only get one liver so we have to look after it BUT I really, really, really miss my booze. Don't get me wrong I'm not an alcoholic but I do....sorry did enjoy the occasional tipple. Ok I admit it, I could crack open a few bottles of wine with friends and we'd sink a fair amount. I never did understand the need for bottle stoppers as once opened it was considered "rude" not to finish. I also liked a few glasses of Morgans and coke on occasions or vodka and tonic...*sigh*
So along came RA and Methotrexate with a warning to "Avoid alcohol"...Hmm, what did this mean? I looked up the vague guidance and found it was ok to drink but stay well within government guidelines so I abstained completely for over a year before gently dipping my toe back in the water. Eventually I allowed myself 3 measured units maximum a week and sometimes in one night. I even got a bit tiddly and felt like a normal person for a while.
Then along came Leflunomide and the big label saying "DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOL". Why when the drug was mentioned to me did nobody tell me this? I have to admit I'm finding my enforced dry life a bit depressing. I visited my Dad on Fathers Day and he was complaining to me that he couldn't have a drink after 7pm as he was due a fasting blood test the next morning. "It's so unfair" he said, "It's Fathers Day!" I tried to be considerate and told him "Never mind, you can drink tomorrow" but inside my head I was thinking "Stop bloody moaning! You're 78 for Gods sake and it's one night. Imagine being 45 and knowing you can't drink EVER!"
At the risk of sounding like an ungrateful whinger I just needed to get that off my chest. I'm sure I'm not the only person missing a Friday night tipple or a couple of cold beers with a weekend BBQ. So I'm off to make a coffee now...I know this is to be taken in moderation too...I'd console myself with a biscuit but that would ruin my diet. Hmph!