Dear Bridget Jones: I’m Not an Alcoholic, I’m a Londoner

Dear Bridget Jones,

From witnessing your London lifestyle of after work drinks with your mates to bottles of wine in your pajamas at home, I was expecting I’d lead a similar life when I moved here. Little did I know, this was the core lifestyle of Londoners.

Ask anyone: Hobbies? Going for drinks. What do you want to do today? Go for drinks. Any weekend plans? Out for drinks. What about morning activities? Bottomless Brunch.

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Living in a tiny apartment, which is all one can afford here (I’m sorry Bridget but this was the one unrelatable thing about you. Who was your landlord?), means that you want to seize every opportunity to get out of the flat and avoid belting out “ALL BY MYSELF”.

These opportunities to get out are 40% food related, 10% who-knows-what related, and 50% drinking related. So really it’s 90% drinking related, because you know a glass of red would be fabulous with your meal.

Because of this, cutting alcohol out of your life to cleanse and detoxify means taking a break from Sunday through Thursday — and that is a challenge in itself. God forbid you ALSO give up your Friday and Saturday for some stupid detox.

Now for all you concerned mothers out there, don’t worry the drinking in Uni was much more severe. I like to think of this as classy alcoholism. Going out for drinks multiple nights a week doesn’t mean you are getting drunk every night and it definitely doesn’t mean you are binge drinking. I’m talking about 1-10 drinks a night … just joking more like 1-5 (5 being a big Friday or Saturday).

Yes, London destroys your health in many ways (alcohol just being one of them), but at least you are having fun. Can you tell I’m a millennial?

Anyways, thank you Bridget for showing people the true London life (again, apartment aside).

– Samantha xx

24 thoughts on “Dear Bridget Jones: I’m Not an Alcoholic, I’m a Londoner

  1. Valentin says:

    First time being in England and notice the same here. If people go to town, they just go there for food or to the next bar/club and not only during weekends :D Sometimes it’s really difficult to be sober for at least one day

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  2. Anna Raquel says:

    This is so true! It was a massive cultural shock for me when I first moved to London (coming from Brazil). But now I even feel weird not having a drink at 6.30am at the airport on my way to a holiday!
    Great post and blog :)


  3. mycountryepoque says:

    Hi Samantha thank you for stopping by at mine. It was nice to meet with you. I love reading about your post in London. Tell me about it. I had all these ins and outs for over 20 years of my life. I know that London too well, and those days I was having my younger youths influence around me. It was the time of my life I ever had. Now mum to a 22 year old young lady, I was in London on Sunday and will be for a few more weeks. I am British but have left London but often travel to and from. I wish you good days in London. Nice meeting you here.


  4. amytorjussen128 says:

    Ahaha, I’m from the UK and this is the most accurate thing ever! I moved over to America a few months ago and I’m still surprised that people over here sometimes socialise without drinking…mind blown.


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