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to think sitting in a pub drinking on your own for 5 hours is an abnormal thing to do

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aisoft Sun 12-May-13 20:44:01

Me and DP went shopping today and popped into Walkabout at about about 3:45 to get some food before going home. My little brother was in there drinking on his own and he had several empty pint glasses on his table. I asked him about this and he said he'd come down to watch the football at 1, he's a Spurs fan and his team were playing at 1:30 but then he was staying on to watch the next game which kicked off at 4, this means he would have been there nearly 5 hours drinking alone incessantly. I think this is very strange thing to do but DP thinks its no big deal as he's just relaxing on a Sunday and I'm being a nag and a busybody.

Thumbtack Sun 12-May-13 20:47:03

We run a pub and this is totally normal -- my bread and butter-- grin

nevergoogle Sun 12-May-13 20:47:39

but he would only have been on his own for half an hour before other fans turned up?

Thumbtack Sun 12-May-13 20:48:07

Whoops cross out fail blush

TWinklyLittleStar Sun 12-May-13 20:48:13

Not weird if there's sport.

bigTillyMint Sun 12-May-13 20:48:45

I don't think it's at all unusual. Loads of blokes do this on the weekend.

usualsuspect Sun 12-May-13 20:49:16

Lots of people like to watch football in a pub with other fans

Sounds normal to me.

kinkyfuckery Sun 12-May-13 20:50:21

Not weird at all. I've worked in many pubs over years and most of our best business is the male solo drinkers who stop in for a pint and stay for hours.

Thumbtack Sun 12-May-13 20:50:27

We get lads that turn up on their own, way before the match. Sometimes it's to get a good seat before the crowd, others just treat it like a social club..

redbunnyfruitcake Sun 12-May-13 20:52:27

I guess some people like the pub environment more than others so it's not really that strange. It may not be what you or I would like to do with our time but maybe he doesn't have any other interests. I would be worried if he was doing this most days or during all his spare time as drinking for 5 hours straight can't be good for anyone but if he is nursing 2 or 3 pints during this time while watching football it can't be that bad.

I'm guessing you feel sad that he doesn't have more of a life but like I said before maybe he is happy. Unless you notice obvious signs of a problem it may be best to let him be.

LaurieFairyCake Sun 12-May-13 20:52:30

Totally normal. I'd bloody love it and I don't even like football much. How lovely to have a free afternoon and have a few pints.

I've sat in a tea shop all afternoon reading a book with the waitrose bringing me lunch, then tea and cake, then a fresh pot if tea.

It was bloody lovely. Best tenner ever spent.

Lj8893 Sun 12-May-13 20:52:34

When I was younger, single and a big socialite I would quite often go into a pub on my own and stay there on my own, but I would know full well I would see lots of people I knew or could chat to etc. even just the bar staff!

LaurieFairyCake Sun 12-May-13 20:52:57

That's waitress not waitrose grin

aisoft Sun 12-May-13 20:54:49

It just seems so odd to me for a 19yo to sit in a pub alone for 5 hours whilst steaming through the pints. I get that he would go to watch his own team as he doesn't have sky in his shared house but to stay beyond that seems really weird.

OHforDUCKScake Sun 12-May-13 20:55:16

I was all ready to say it was odd until you said football was involved.

I think its probably quite common.

ShatnersBassoon Sun 12-May-13 20:55:59

Normal for loads of people. I'd love to have the freedom to do that some weekends.

SgtTJCalhoun Sun 12-May-13 20:56:51

It's not abnormal at all. I used to think that too when I was in my early twenties. Now I think it's more odd not to be able to be on your own, to have to have someone with you. I don't often go to the pub alone as I don't really like alcohol. I do eat out alone though and always go to the cinema alone. Prefer it in fact.

nevergoogle Sun 12-May-13 20:57:13

but there was two games to watch.

Bowlersarm Sun 12-May-13 21:00:12

Probably much nicer for him to sit amongst other fans and watch the footie than being home by himself drinking?

Thumbtack Sun 12-May-13 21:00:13

Maybe he fancies the lusty bar wench ?? Seriously though it does happen.

OrangeLily Sun 12-May-13 21:00:21

It's a lot more normal than you think. Having worked in pubs there are a lot of people who do this.

I will happily sit for a few hours in a pub alone as long as I have something to do. Normally reading a book but I have been known to plan things like essays too.

LynetteScavo Sun 12-May-13 21:02:14

Yes, but I bet a few people he knew dropped in for him to chat you for example.

Better than sitting home alone watching something you're not really interested in.

WafflyVersatile Sun 12-May-13 21:02:26

Normal, not necessarily health long-term. grin

Would it be odd if he stayed out of sight in his flat all sunday watching the football and drinking cans from the shop?

Scheherezade Sun 12-May-13 21:03:27

If it was the match this eve then it was a big big game in football history, definitely one any football fan will have wanted to watch.

squeakytoy Sun 12-May-13 21:04:59

I cant see anything unusual in it. He could have sat in his house, drinking a few cans, but he preferred to sit in the pub, where he might meet people to chat to...

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