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  1. Sorry Victor, but all the gin gimlets, vodka screwdrivers (so heavenly!) got me into drinking very heavily because I knew how to take it, I was a man! Only when I stopped, after slashing my wrists, and cried my way into a mental hospital did I begin the slow road to recovery. And my writing sure helped me a hell of a lot with abstinence. Drink if you can, I’m sure the Lord is with you, but I can’t he’s had enough with the stoned, foolish asshole that I once was and still can be.

    Mick

    • Mick, thank you so much for sharing your experience so openly! Sounds like you took a short cut through hell and came out the other side. Real strength is finding out what’s bad for you and avoiding it in the face of all temptation. I’m lucky enough to be able to enjoy an occasional drink, but I’m well aware that it’s purely a matter of body chemistry. Congratulations on your maintained recovery! HUGS, Marian

  2. Victor, fortunately for me alcohol (in moderation) only serves to soothe. Indeed, I’m sure the Good Lord has very little interest in whether or not I have my nightly martini. I understand the “science” of a good martini, which you’ve so ably provided. I will second H.L. Mencken who once observed that the martini was “…the only American invention as perfect as the sonnet;” and E.B. White’s reflection that the martini is “…the elixir of quietude.” Thank you this light foray into the periphery.

    • Now I’ll have to experiment with shaken, stirred, one olive or two (I usually take three–greedy thing that I am). As daughter #4, another writer, said last night when we were talking about her sampling brandy as research for her current novel, “Writing’s a rough life.” MA

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