While I am not in the set that sees neo-prohibitionists behind every hedge and, frankly, do believe talk of a good beer break is a way of deferring one or two ills, I never thought it would come to this:
Alcohol Concern, the charity, is encouraging people to abstain from drinking this month in the Dry January challenge, in order to help them save money, lose weight and feel healthier. But Andrew Langford, chief executive of the British Liver Trust, said: “It’s not about a quick fix in January, to repair the liver and keep it healthy. “Last year the Love Your Liver Roadshow found that one in four people tested were showing the early signs of liver disease. Caught at this early stage, lifestyle changes allow the liver to repair itself.
Battlin' do-gooders! Who'd-a thunk it. Me, I will be thinking long and hard about ways to be healthier in 2013, including to put beer and drink and other things on a smaller shelf a little further out of reach. Starting with spitting samples and pouring out disappointments more. But things can go too far. Hiding the making of 600 calorie meals from the kids as if they were unfiltered cigarettes laced with trans fats? Please.
More than the health implications, I have to admit being inordinately deterred by the accidental possession and recent opening of a California imperial stout so moronically concentrated it gave all the joy that I might expect from a bracing mug of soy sauce. I recorked it to make sure my reaction was valid but I suspect a lesson has been learned. Max, I suspect, has captured a true shifting of the wind in this respect... or at least I hope. Including the finger of accusation being pointed squarely in the mirror. Jeff sees the light, too.
So, will 2013 be the year of just saying no? With any luck - at least to some things. Saying yes to everything is pretty mindless.