Here we are. It's a weekday night and I've decided to have some scotch.
I haven't posted in awhile and felt the urge to write. However I did not want to open a bottle my newest bottle of scotch for the sake of having something to write about. Therefore I'm having this previously reviewed scotch - alone.
"Alone" because my girlfriend has left me - for the Pacific Northwest... for only a week-and-a-half.
My girlfriend going on vacation doesn't really change my normal pattern of behavior - except that I buy more sausage. But while she's away, when I have a drink at night it is mildly depressing.
It should be noted that my girlfriend will not normally have a drink with me; I will have a beer or two with (or after) dinner or maybe some whisk(e)y with a book, but she rarely imbibes mid-week. So I am the only one drinking most times (effectively, drinking "alone") but at least when another person is in close proximity, it doesn't feel like I'm "alone."
But why is it "depressing?"
Perhaps when one thinks of someone "drinking alone," this comes to mind:
Drinking alone like this IS depressing but this is not "drinking alone," this is alcoholism.
Alcoholism is a serious problem. However, alcoholism is an extreme. Limited and sensible consumption of alcohol is not an extreme. While it isn't entirely out of the ordinary for someone who is "limited and sensible" in their normal consumption to go overboard at times (and maybe "brag" about it too), it is not "the norm" for these individuals (such as myself). Alcohol consumption in general should not to get lumped with those who overindulge. Occasional overindulgence should be expected, especially when we usually celebrate an occasion with alcohol. Having a "good time" promotes the overindulgence of other consumables too (e.g. food), so alcohol shouldn't be "singled-out." Drinking to the point of inebriation and having to do so every night, whether alone or with others, is depressing (i.e. alcoholism). Having a drink or two (by yourself or with others) but without feeling the need to do so should not be considered depressing (i.e. NOT alcoholism).
I blame Carrie Nation for this general anti-alcohol attitude:
The Temperance movements that occurred in pre-Prohibition U.S.A. have really ruined both the alcohol drinking habits and perceptions of alcohol consumption here in the States. This needs to change - and it starts with you:
|...to drink sensibly and alone more often!|