Can You Work In The Wine Trade On A 5:2?

Absolutely no idea what that means? Not a problem. I know it needs a bit of explaining. Long story short for the intro, it’s about how many days off a week you have from booze. Studies suggest that even taking 2 days off a week, consistently, can give your liver a fair crack at recovery. But is that always enough? And how hard is it to go further?


I’m not the biggest fan of these things like “Dry January” and “Sober for October”. I think it sends out the wrong message; that it’s okay to abstain for 31 days and then get back on it like nothing’s happened. It’s far better for your body to get used to the idea of having a few days off a week consistently.

Problem with any alcohol is that it’s not just your liver that’s affected by it. Alcohol, as a drug, is a depressant and sensitive flowers like myself, who suffer from mental health issues, have to be really really careful on the what’s, when’s, and how much’s.

My wife and I have been doing a “no TV” thing (another depressant) Monday to Friday this year so far, and that’s going ok. And now the suggestion is that we have a go at “no booze on a school night”, so Sunday to Thursday.

Of course I’m up for it, in theory it sounds do-able. But working in the wine trade and doing this? Going to dinners and spitting out all the amazing stuff I get access to if it just so happens to be a weekday? Not looking forward to that bit!

Any tips from anyone out there would be massively appreciated.

Cheers all



IMAGE: Borrowed this one from NUVO magazine, just really liked it, comes from an article entitled “the art of spitting wine”, will have to brush up on it I think!

10 thoughts on “Can You Work In The Wine Trade On A 5:2?”

  1. Don’t do it then Mike!
    I aim for 3 days off usually do 2 and occasionally just one.
    I don’t see the problem of a couple of glasses of wine, and let’s face it no matter how much you spit it’s not an AFD!!
    Plus we need people in restaurants, pubs, drinking sensibly at home Monday-Thursday or we are in trouble…..

  2. How about a compromise of 3 off and 4 on ? See if that makes a difference . Then if you still think you need to drink on fewer days, push the balance in the other direction?

  3. Do it gradually! Build upto it. And set your expectations upfront so your are mentally prepared to not be having a drink. Have a non-drink related thing to look forward to also. Good luck!

  4. A thought provoking subject for those of us in the wine industry. In the last 3 1/2 years I have been following a low carb way of eating. I am not supposed to drink any alcohol in order to lose weight. I have been in the business for 33 years (and it’s a family business of wine for 90 years). I have found I do best when abstaining as you have planned and other comments above: 3-5-7 days without and if I am working I will plan around that and be mindful of what I am consuming-rather than 3 glasses of wine I’ll try to focus on 1 with smaller amounts of the wines for the night. It is a challenge no matter how we deal with it and in the end it is our liver (and mental health) that suffers the most if we don’t take a break. Moderation is the key and discipline is the modifier.

  5. “But working in the wine trade and doing this? Going to dinners and spitting out all the amazing stuff I get access to if it just so happens to be a weekday?”

    For me, spitting at tasting events (which I normally do anyways) is a lot more do-able than spitting at sit down dinners. I’d suggest giving it a go, but also giving yourself permission to make an exception for certain occasions – and then not beating yourself up about it.

    I admire you for trying this . . . I’m not ready to!

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