Jennifer Garner has never had an issue with drinking alcohol, but she realized that her intake was increasing amid the pandemic, which prompted her to take a 10-week hiatus from imbibing.
The mom-of-three, 49, recounted her experience to actress Judy Greer, 46, via video chat, and the ladies published their talk on social media, with the Alias star captioning her post, "the pros and cons of being sober-ish."
Garner explained how during quarantine, she started "having a little bit" of alcohol every night because she felt she had "earned and deserved" it after a stressful day — but of course, that quickly adds up.
"If I have half a glass every night, and if my half a glass is probably really a glass, that’s seven glasses a week, and say I have two on the weekends, then suddenly I'm close to 10 glasses of wine a week!" she noted. "And that raises your risk for cancer."
After the realization this year, she took 10 weeks off from drinking, but she decided to have some wine in September. Since then, the 13 Going on 30 lead has been stuck asking herself things like, "What is the right thing to do? What is the right amount?"
"I'm just figuring it out," she said. "I'm going to have a new relationship with it post-pandemic."
Meanwhile, Greer revealed that she drinks alcohol in a very different way, as she can go without it on weekdays but will go "hard" on the weekends.
She too made a sobriety pledge, and she begrudgingly admitted that staying away from alcohol has come with several benefits.
"I just feel like right now, everything in my life is so much better when I'm not drinking. I wish I didn't like being sober so much," she confessed. "I wish I didn't like how I looked. I wish I didn't like that I lost a couple of pounds. I wish I didn't like how much extra energy I have."
The 27 Dresses actress shared that when she dines out she'll ask for a fruity mocktail or a nonalcoholic beer, but the women both agreed that prior to going out, they feel like they have to give their friends a heads-up that they're not drinking.
"What's interesting is people's reaction," Garner noted, while Greer agreed that it's "hard" to tell her friends that she's staying sober since it's a big change of pace from her usual lifestyle.
Watch the ladies' full talk, here.