How Early is Too Early to Drink?

One time, I was at home working and my fiance came home unannounced to have lunch with me. Well, it was about 12:30, and for some reason, on that day, I had decided that noon was early enough to start hitting the bottle. I justified it by telling myself that I was channeling the great Charles Bukowski, the heroic Hunter S. Thompson, geniuses who glamorize the combination of alcohol and the written word.

But when I heard my fiance at the door, I got really embarrassed. Because let’s be real — I’m not Bukowski or Thomspon. I’m not a great, lumbering, womanizing drunk, no matter how hard I aspire to be. I’m me, a chick who sits at home and writes, and on this particular day I was a chick who sits at home and writes and drinks, and the addition of that little clause made me feel like I had suddenly gone from quiet and pensive to troubled and reclusive. (It’s a fine line to begin with.)

Anyway, I tried to deftly conceal the alcohol by putting it to the left of my laptop, which obviously didn’t work, and only made my fiance laugh even harder when he realized that not only was I drinking whiskey at lunchtime, but I was trying to hide it.

Which brings me to my point. I have since learned from that, and if I ever drank again during the day, I am not embarrassed — not that I ever do, just to be clear, in case anyone in charge over there is reading this — but in any case, in theory, I think any time is go time, kind of depending on what you have to do for the rest of the day. Think about it — brunch: bellinis. Mimosas. Lunch: beer. Whiskey. Vodka shots. You know?

What do you think? How early in the day is too early to drink?

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    • Aj

      To me, I don’t have a problem with myself or anyone else drinking at any time of the day whether it’s from breakfast mimosas to midnight tequila shots (or breakfast tequila shots and midnight mimosas – I don’t judge) The deciding factor should be the situation in which your drinking. As you said, if you have responsibilities during the day you should base your drinking choices on that. Also, if you’re at a function that’s not a frat party aka work/networking social or a first date, you might wanna take it easy.

      It’s funny because my friend and I were just talking about this after watching the MIllionaire Matchmaker episode on Tuesday with the Manzo sons and the girl who ordered tequila at the dating function. My friend’s problem was that she ordered tequila at 11 in the morning. My problem was that she ordered tequila in what appeared to be a semi-upscale place in which she was supposed to making a good first impression on someone.

    • Eileen

      I think it depends on what you’re drinking and where you’re drinking it. Unless it’s wine. Wine is appropriate everywhere and at all times. *nods*

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    • kinaz

      I’m drinking RIGHT NOW! I agree that if its a free day (Sunday, another day off work) start whenever. Just be sure if its in the am youre drinking a breakfast drink (mimosas, bloody mary, chilada) because, come on, we’re not barbarians.

    • Mads

      I am a student. And I am a writer. This means I spend a lot of my time drinking. I feel it gives me cred as a tortured artist. And, to be honest, I had sort of forgotten that it’s not really the ‘done’ thing to drink a lot ALL the time.
      That said, I don’t usually drink if I have to go to uni or actually do something important.

    • Lindsay Hartman

      On Sundays, my husband and I break open our first beer at noon, to start off the NFL pre-game shows. There’s just something about beer and football that always makes it ok. My only problem with drinking early (and mean problem for me personally, not for anyone else who drinks early) is that I have to watch how quickly I drink, so that I’m not drunk by dinner time.

    • Emily

      Beer and wine are fine whenever. My boss has bought me a beer at lunch. (She’s awesome, obviously) Hard liquor should be keep till 5:01pm, for the sake of appearances.

      I think the embarrassing bit is the alone factor. Drinking alone in daytime would embarrass me too. People tend to say “drinking alone” with a very serious tone to their voices. Just one of those things.