I made a New Years’ Resolution to quit drinking, at the behest of a friend, 11 years ago. With very few exceptions, I’ve managed to keep it. But an admission – My New Year’s Resolution to quit drinking was just a little different from hers.
As each December draws to a close, people the world over resolve to make changes in the upcoming year. Some are frivolous, some are quite serious, and others are just goofy. My New Year’s Resolution managed to be a little bit of all three.
A friend of mine decided that she was drinking entirely too much. Instead of making an effort to cut back, she felt it necessary to completely quit drinking alcohol. I couldn’t really tell how serious she was, as she had made similar attempts in the past, and they were all short-lived.
Additionally, I really didn’t think her level of drinking constituted an alcohol problem. A little cutback here and there would have been sufficient. Of course, that suggestion wasn’t enough to satiate her desire for a “resolved” outcome.
She pestered me to join her in making a New Year’s Resolution to quit drinking. I had no desire to do so, and every intention to ignore the request. My friend didn’t give up, so I decided to meet her halfway.
I told her I would be happy to join her in resolving against alcohol, as long as I got a little amendment to proposed legislation, as it were. I resolved to stop drinking – the bad stuff.
I made a New Year’s Resolution to quit drinking cheap, poorly made, bad tasting, or otherwise offensive alcohol. No more Bud, no more PBR, no more cheap vodka or rough gin.
From then on, I resolved, if the drink was vodka, it had to be Russian and ice cold. With the good vodka out there internationally these days I’ve made some exceptions to that, but only in origin, not quality. If Scotch, single malt, with some age on it.
As for beer, with so many good micobreweries in the area, drinking the good stuff is easy. Here is a link to Oregon microbrews and where they can be found.
In the intervening years since I made my New Year’s Resolution to quit drinking – the bad stuff, that is, I have rarely stepped back into flat beer. If a friend offers a Bud, I may politely have one. I do like the cheaply priced wine, but I think a good bottle can be had without a high price.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m by no means a heavy drinker. If I had to put myself in a category, light social drinker would be most accurate. That said, if I have a drink, I like it to taste good. Are you someone who enjoys a drink now and then? Join me in my quest for quality, and make a New Year’s Resolution to quit drinking – the bad stuff!