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Band of Hope

Three months ago, I made a public pledge to foreswear alcohol. Foolishly I pledged also to post regular bulletins. I’ve just been reminded of this in a comment by Nick. The question is, ‘How regular is regular?’ For me every three months is okay. Thus, I have to report that my record has been mixed, but that overall I am doing okay. I would add that any progress I have made has been against the background of  breaking my buns to finish Skinner 23, and other factors too numerous and personal to mention. Another big test is looming on Friday when I meet up with a group of friends for one of our regular lunch engagements. In the past these have been fairly liquid affairs, but this time I will pass; you  may take that to the bank.

The medical view of giving up the bevvy is interesting. When I discussed the subject with my doc, he suggested that the most important thing is not necessarily giving it up altogether, but being able to abstain every week for a few days at a time. Fine, but when does that become binge drinking?

Perhaps the best approach is that of a good friend of mine, sadly gone to Jesus, who took an executive decision that when it comes to alcohol abstention, white wine doesn’t count.

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  1. May 14, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I am reminded of Jim Mullenger, of glorious fame in a small area in Surrey. Once the landlord of the Fox & Hounds, Tilburstow Hill, Jim was one of the old-fashioned publicans. He was the sort of fellow who could swap superbly crude and rude jokes, and then threaten to bar his clients when they told similar stories (because Jim’s wife had entered the room and he wouldn’t have people telling rude jokes in front of his lady). He came from that generation of landlords who felt that their pub was their own front room. He had many rules, one of which was, he could change any at a whim. While chatting, he could pick up his glass, reach behind him and refill it from the optics behind with unfailing accuracy. A great skill.
    Which is what led to his little bout of illness. His doctor told him it was life-threatening, dangerous, and he must give up his drinking.
    Jim was not happy about that. He enjoyed his bottle (or more) of brandy a day. So, being a sensible fellow, he wandered off to a friend, another doctor. Who happened to be a regular lunchtime client of his.
    ‘Oh, a glass of white wine won’t kill you,’ this jocular fellow advised. ‘And a little Guinness is good for you.’
    Which is why Jim began to drink white wine and Guinness (not mixed). A couple of bottles of Guinness at lunch, and glasses of white wine for the evening. Nice and easy.
    Last time I saw him, it was six to eight bottles of Guinness at noon, and then a litre or more of white wine every evening.
    He took early retirement, but died at an appallingly young age.
    But then again, when you look in history and see that our monks were allocated a gallon of good, strong ale daily, or go to Victorian times and see the little households that would drink a bottle or two of wine, with a bottle of port every day (one father and his daughter, no one else), you tend to see that drinking habits have changed dramatically.
    Good luck to you Big Man – but I’ll not be stopping the home brewing for a while yet! And since I only drink two days a week, I’ll be sticking to my binge-drinking regime, too!

  2. May 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

    Jecksie, your comment is longer than my post. Not sure that’s allowed. I would suggest that we all seek alcohol advice from our dentist rather than from our doctor. In my PR past I had a medico-dental defence organisation as a client. High incidence in the latter profession.

    • May 14, 2012 at 11:48 am

      As you can tell, it’s a slow working morning! There. That comment was shorter …

  3. May 14, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    They first one is a synopsis for a short story.

  4. May 14, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Being written! More seriously, got to crack on with book 32’s revision today. Three weeks to get it bedded down for copyed. Luckily, I really like this one!

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