My husband and I got in the habit for years of finishing up all of the projects and work for the day and then sitting down to enjoy a final cocktail together (beer or scotch for him; tequila for me). Having a drink became associated in our minds with "all is done - relax and get ready for sleep".
I quit drinking due to health issues for a while, and we got out of the habit - but our subconscious still remembers! Now, years later, if either of us chooses to enjoy a drink, our bodies don't seem to pay attention to the actual circumstances (could be out for dinner, or relaxing part way through a big shared chore like chopping wood) but automatically go in to "relax and sleep" mode.
Sir Terry Pratchett: "Science is not about building a body of known 'facts'. It is a method for asking awkward questions and subjecting them to a reality-check, thus avoiding the human tendency to believe whatever makes us feel good."
I don't drink that often. If I do choose to have a beer or glass of wine or a shot of vodka mixed into sparkling water, it doesn't derail me at all. One drink doesn't cause me to be drunk; I am still in control.
In general I would disagree, though I will say that if I am already pretty tired I can be done after. Often I think of it as a beer while I garden/put away clothes/mop/random other mundane household chore and I relax as I start to wind down. I do try and get the tasks that require a car or power tools out of the way beforehand, I don't try it with tasks I'd rather avoid and I don't start if I am already halfway thinking about bed.
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