The solo pint: The pros and cons

Going out and having a beer on your own has always been a topic that has brought a divisive conversation. One the one hand, it’s alone time. A chance to destress. On the other, it’s quite a lonely activity and “you definitely have an alcohol problem”. In the eyes of some people, anyway.

For the record, I am in the pro side of the camp. It’s something I regularly do, and something that I enjoy doing. However, the “cons” I often also do think about too.

Which has led me to this point. Weighing up those pros and cons. Am I doing the right thing, or is it time I checked into a private rehab centre because it really isn’t healthy? The truth is, that it’s all down to how I feel and what’s best for me.

And that’s the same across everybody. There are many reasons why you should or shouldn’t enjoy the solo pint, so to help you determine what’s right for you, here are just a few of them…

The Pros

  • It’s relaxation time: By going on your own for a pint, there’s no disruption, no small talk required unless you want it, and it’s a chance to simply sit, relax, enjoy the peace and enjoy the surroundings.
  • You become at one with your own company: A pint on your own is a good way to become at peace with your own company. You are comfortable in your own skin, and this type of independence can actually build confidence and self-assurance that you don’t get continually having to be around others.
  • You have a freedom to come and go as you please: You choose where you go for a pint, you choose what time you go, you choose when you leave. It’s pretty simple.
  • You don’t have to have an alcoholic drink: You can enjoy all the benefits of the above without actually having to order an alcoholic drink. Many good bars and pubs have non-alcoholic options, even on draught these days.

The Cons

  • You may have a problem: Firstly, the elephant in the room. It could well be a sign that you have an alcohol problem, particularly if you are going out drinking alone most nights.
  • You’re missing opportunities to spend with friends: While it can be beneficial to have alone time, there is also a chance you are sacrificing time you could be spending with friends and family as a result. It’s about finding a positive balance.
  • You may be at risk of overindulging: Often there is a risk of overindulging if you aren’t careful. There’s an absence of external cues and paces set by friends, while the fact of the matter is you may not have spoken to anyone for hours so could be unsure of actually how drunk you really are!
  • There are healthier alone time alternatives: Ultimately, you can get the same sort of peace and tranquility from going for a walk or a run etc. However, this may not interest you as much as the environment of a pub.

Ultimately, it’s all about maintaining a healthy balance and ensuring that you’re drinking responsibly and getting the benefits from a solo pint that you are seeking. If that’s working for you, then the pros of the solo pint are certainly outweighting the cons. However, if it’s becoming problematic for any reason, then it may be time to review your relationship with alcohol.