Story suggested by Christina Forsyth Thompson 6 Mar Sat
This is a topic very close to my heart at the moment as I have given up alcohol for Lent.
Fortunately, by tradition, I follow the Lent rules applied by my father. As he was a Papal knight he is unimpeachable as a guide.
The rules are no alcohol on every day of Lent which of course excludes Sundays and other Holy days, such as family birthdays. It being Sunday and my brother’s 80th birthday, I am drinking a beer as I write this, and I shall have another!
Giving up for Lent is not as hard as it sounds as it is a choice and a virtuous one too, so glory can be claimed.
Also, apparently there are a number of benefits attached to not drinking, according to some articles I read after Googling “life without wine”.
A recent article by an Australian (she must be reliable) on stopping drinking alcohol contained the following testimonies:
- the depression and violent outbursts which had haunted me for decades gradually ebbed away
- Pleased to discover it was easy, I felt a lot better, and I was more productive and positive.
- The first thing I noticed a few weeks in is how happy I felt all the time. Just content and relaxed.
and my favourite … I’m a rural Irish single person who hasn’t had a drink for about fifteen years, and I must admit that it’s led to me having a very solitary life, but I’m almost never in trouble, and I used to always be.
and one with a ring of truth: I used to have a booze-free month every year. I stopped doing it because I had to accept that those months were invariably the most joyless, miserable, depressing, empty months of the year.
All I can say is beware of fake news.
Any student of history will tell you that Prohibition by law is just stoopid; people hate being told what they can’t do, especially if they have been doing it for a long time.
Surely the Prohibition era in the US, less than 100 years ago,clearly showed that such a move is very bad for a country. It lost the US federal government a total of $11 billion in tax revenue, while costing over $300 million to enforce.
The law that was meant to stop people drinking instead turned many of them into experts on how to make it.
The growth of the illegal liquor trade under Prohibition made criminals of millions and exponentially accelerated organised crime.
So the folly of an outright ban on the sale of alcohol is monumental.
The crass stupidity of politicians who do this in the light of history is obvious. But you can’t tell pollies they are stoopid. They know that, but as we all know there is no cure for stoopidity.
I am sorry, I can’t go on with this and avoid allegations of being indelicate, unprogressive, intolerant and rednecked. They are all true.
But it irks not being able to say what I think … or drink if I want to.