Thursday, October 10, 2013

HOW TO DRINK ALCOHOL - Part 3 - DRINK TO FEEL NICE, NOT TO GET DRUNK

HOW TO DRINK ALCOHOL - Part 3
DRINK TO FEEL NICE - NOT TO GET DRUNK
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Continued from Part 1 - DOES ALCOHOL BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU?
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HOW NOT TO GET DRUNK YET FEEL NICE

There is a saying in the Navy:

OFFICERS ARE NEVER LATE, THEY ONLY GET DELAYED 

and, more importantly, there is another naval saying:

OFFICERS ARE NEVER DRUNK, THEY ONLY FEEL NICE

Yes, it is only sailors who are late and get drunk - Officers never get drunk, they only feel nice.

The aim of drinking alcohol is to feel high. 

But to get drunk is a terrible experience.

If you’ve ever got drunk you know how painful the aftermath is and if you haven’t ever got drunk just watch the movie THE HANGOVER to see what all can happen when you get drunk. 

I enjoyed my drinks but I tried to make sure that I did not get drunk.

I had my first drink in 1978 – a peg of the best Scotch Whisky (King of Kings). 

I really enjoyed it - the rich mellow taste, the mildly happy feeling, everything. 

For a few months I relished the choicest of Scotch Whisky, and later, when I came ashore I developed a taste for Rum, my favourite brand was Hercules Rum and I loved the taste of Rum-Pani. 

Later, as Hercules and Sea Pirate brands of Indian Rum were not easily available, I drank Old Monk and Lord Nelson Rum. 

(Somehow after having savoured the best of Scotch Whiskies I did not enjoy the taste of the Indian Whiskey of those days, except the inimitable brand of Whisky called Solan No. 1 and I drank this Indian Whisky occasionally when Rum was not available) 

I enjoyed my sundowners for about 25 years when one day I suddenly quit drinking forever. 

I quit drinking because I wanted to quit smoking. 

I realized that alcohol was my biggest smoking anchor and whenever I had a drink I got a strong urge to smoke. 

Now for more than 10 years I am a strict teetotaler and non-smoker and I feel good but I do remember some episodes from my drinking days once in a while. 

I will share these delightful memories and also a few tips or Golden Rules for Drinking Alcohol derived from my own personal experience.

As I said, there is a saying in the Navy – Officers never get drunk, they only feel nice

So how do you make sure you don’t get drunk yet feel nice too. 

It is simple. 

You will not get drunk and you will avoid a hangover, if you just follow this golden rule:

DRINK ONE GLASS OF WATER BEFORE YOU START DRINKING

and then

DRINK ONE GLASS OF WATER AFTER YOUR LAST DRINK 

After that proceed for having your food.

Do not drink alcohol (even wines) with your meal or after your meal. 

Have dessert or pudding, especially something milk based like ice cream. 

End your meal with a glass of water (never have liqueurs or brandy if you have had drinks before dinner – in case you are fond of liqueurs do enjoy them after a relaxed meal which has not been preceded or accompanied by alcohol).  

And while you are having your drinks if you ever feel that you are getting tipsy, just interrupt your drinking and have a glass of cold water. 

Personally, I recommend that you choose your drink as per the colour of the time of the day 

So it is apt to drink light colour drinks like Vodka, Gin and Beer in the mornings, afternoons and daytime.

In the evenings you may drink Whisky with plenty of bubbly Soda in the evening as a sundowner with the setting sun in the evening.

And later, as it gets dark, you can enjoy dark Rum, Whisky or Brandy late into the night. 

I always drank my whisky or rum with plenty of water and avoided cocktails and “down-the-hatch” shots. 

Yes, you must never “down-the-hatch” or gulp your drink in a hurry. 

If you are drinking a rich brandy or single malt whisky neat, drink unhurriedly, take a small sip, close your eyes and roll the liquor on your tongue, in a relaxed manner, savour every sip till the liquor is absorbed within you and relish the feeling as it slowly warms your insides and elevates your spirits


Remember the saying -  मज़ा लेना है पीने का तो कम कम धीरे धीरे पी 


Try it – the next time you drink, have a glass of cold water before your first peg and remember to have a glass of cold water after your last drink

This is a sure-fire way to feel nice but avoid getting drunk. 

Breathtaking in its simplicity, isn’t it? 

This works – you can take my word for it. 

And you will never have a hangover again.

Remember the navy adage – officers are never drunk, they only feel nice

So if you must drink, enjoy the experience and make sure you feel nice - but don’t get drunk.

Cheers…!!!

VIKRAM KARVE
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