“Cheers!” you say, and since you are alone, “Cheers!” you reply and down your drink!
Something that is increasing during this lockdown, is social drinking! The one who used to drink once a week, is now enjoying his daily tipple, and what’s more dangerous is that since he can’t drink with friends, he or she starts drinking alone. When that happens, and it happens quite quickly, it’s soon a losing battle with the bottle.
This was what an addict said after a session at an A.A meeting:
“Alcohol first gave me wings to fly,
Then took away the sky.”
Another quoted the Japanese proverb:
First the man takes the drink,
Next the drink takes the drink,
Then the drink takes the man!
Once a man returned home stone drunk. His wife was furious because just a week earlier he had promised to break the habit bit by bit. “What about your promise,” she asked angrily. “Aren’t you trying to discard it?”
The man answered that he was trying his best, but he was proceeding in stages. It was just like chopping off the very word ‘habit,’ he explained: when you cut off the initial ‘h’ from the word, ‘a bit’ persists. Knock of the ‘a’ and the ‘bit’ remains!
Replied the wife wise wife, “When you finally decide to run away from the ‘bit’ you will find that ‘it’ is still remaining!
Sir William Osler, eminent Canadian physician, was lecturing on alcohol. “Is it true,” asked a student, “that alcohol enables people to do things better?”
“No,” replied Sir William. “It just makes them less ashamed of doing them badly!”
Mukund: “Why do you drink so much?”
Raj: “I’m trying to drown my sorrows.”
Mukund: “Are you succeeding?”
Raj: “No, I guess I’ve learned how to swim by now..!”
And here’s a warning in old English, read it carefully:
Drink not the third glass, which thou canst not tame,
When once it is within three; but before
Mayst rule it, as thou list: and pour the shame
Which it would pour on thee upon the floor.
It is most just to throw that on the ground,
Which would throw me there, if I keep the round!
Which in simple modern words, means that before the drink throws you on the ground, throw that drink down and walk out of this lockdown, without an addiction!
It needn’t be ‘cheers’ everyday..!
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