My wife was never entirely pleased about my not drinking of course it limited my social life and if you don't drink pubs become most unwelcome places to go, weddings become interminable and in fact you start to realise how much dross and dullness is propped up by alcohol.
|"You've got antifreeze!"|
Something must have changed in me though as I started drinking beer (ales) again, cider, mead and other goodies including my favourite, whiskey. I blame Vitalis! After watching one of his videos about traditional people's alcohol consumption I decided to buy a cider. My first drink in over 8 years left me ready to die I felt dreadful. Somehow over the months I found myself drinking again though, not much in fact I rationalised that I was drinking for the sake of my health, teetotalers suffering from poorer health outcomes.
I never cared for cider but like mead a lot, however much of what is sold as "mead" in Britain is actually honey flavoured wine. If you want mead check with the maker to check that that is what you are getting. What I ended up drinking was ale, from the incredible and wonderful selection of ales Britain has. In fact real ale might (does) represent England's greatest contribution to the world. My Christmas intake while far from excessive has left me considering how useful alcohol is in a health strategy, staying moderate with whisky is impossible. I have been looking on this 6 month period as a bit of an experiment. In addition to any hormonal effects the calorie content of ale has certainly led to what I might call a "softening" of the middle. "Evidence" for positive effects of alcohol consumption are completely mired in epidemiology. Given that "we" don't accept this non-science when its practitioners find red meat, saturated fat, big feet or grey hair guilty of killing us dead and blowing up our favourite chair why on earth would we accept epidemiological claims that one drink a day is optimal?
This "study" is one of my favourites and is pretty much representative. In it we find that teetotalers, who also cannot walk a few miles, can't make their own dinner, can't wash themselves etc die at a younger age than those who drink......! Do not fear even when adjusted the figures still showed that moderate alcohol consumption was healthy. Of course they adjusted for smoking obesity etc not the inability to a walk a mile or do the washing up!
|"If I can't do this I'll die at 35"|
Of course giving up alcohol in Japan was fairly easy I was keen not to screw things up with my (now) wife and Japanese alcoholic drinks were not as enjoyable as English ales or mead. Much like occasional sparring occasional drinking is not especially wise as the immediate consequences of alcohol can be undignified. Hopefully stopping drinking won’t mean I will suddenly become unable to do the washing up……here’s hoping!
(be warned there is strong language in the video!)