I used to be able to taste the notes of different flavours in distilled spirits. I know it looks like pretentious snobbery and fops will often critique spirits with phoney descriptors in an attempt to appear sophisticated. I could do it a little bit but I didn’t get snobbish about it. I bought a few books on scotch and did a deep dive into the subject and became quite well read on the subject. It’s a fascinating topic.
Now I don’t drink at all. I dunno what it is. I can’t get drunk anymore either… I just get sick or hung over. It used to be that all I needed was a campfire and a bottle and I was king of the world.
I haven’t had a drink this year and I don’t miss it at all. What changed?
Must be the COVIDReplyDelete
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Unlike you, I still have a drink every day or so - I'm not drinking because I want the alcohol, but because I enjoy the taste and closure it brings to the day.ReplyDelete
My new son-in-law has done a lot to teach me about the refinements of tasting, be it fine scotch, wines or craft beer. Again, enjoying the many different tastes is what we're after, not the effects of alcohol our systems. If you don't ever touch another drop, that's none of anybody else's business.
(Not to mention the $80 and more you aren't spending on every bottle sitting on the shelf!)
Is that what a decent bottle of scotch goes for now? I am glad I never partook drinking that and tobacco. Give me a decent beer every once in awhile and it satisfies my ETOH craving...Delete
Glen, I'm feeling you are at a serious crossroads in your life. I'm glad you're not looking for the answer in one of those bottles; you're way too smart for that. The last couple years have been tough for everyone, what with the covid bull, the government insanity, the complicity of many churches, plus the personal demons we all went into that crap with. I don't know how we can help, but we will.ReplyDelete
And if I misread all that lead me to this conclusion all I can say is, in the words of Miss Emily Litella, "Never mind".
I am indeed Chuck - I didn’t realized it showed. I am indeed at a crossroad, and not liking the paths open to me. I have been here for over half a decade… and may well die here.Delete
It’s not as bad as it sounds. There are worse places to die. Hey - thanks for stopping in…
Very few of us are on the road we would have liked, but we're still on the road. Just adjust your pack straps and keep moving.Delete
Age slows the way alcohol is processed, and stays in you liver longer. That, and medications can influence the effects.ReplyDelete
Don’t let the age thing bother you. I’ll be 55 in 2 months.ReplyDelete
Now I just day drink. I’m way to old to stay out all night.
That Russell's Reserve gives me diarrhea something fierce. Other whiskeys don't affect me that way. Only took me 4 or 5 bottles to realize what was going on. Won't touch that stuff ever again.ReplyDelete
But to your point, our bodies change. I used to drink only beer until I couldn't. After about 40, a single beer or two gave my gas, indigestion, acid reflux, and if I tried to push through I simply couldn't drink it fast enough to even get mildly drunk. I went about a decade sober, then started drinking whiskey. I don't really get hungover, but I'm tired of being strung out the next day. Figure it's time to drastically cut back. Still, it's nice to come home and relax with a glass or two before dinner. Just gotta remember to stop there instead of keeping on.
As a doctor told my brother in law..."Well, you are an older gentleman" Your body changed, probably became more alcohol tolerant but the rest, like your guts, didn't. I know it's that way with me. I can't tolerate whisky whatsoever now, due to throat cancer. Wine simply sours my guts, long before any sort of buzz kicks in. But I can drink beer in quantity. On a hot day, out working, I can put away a 12 pack. And that's horrifically unhealthy. Again, my guts suffer worse than anything. Sounds like you're smart enough to simply walk away rather than chase the buzz.ReplyDelete
It is common for alcohol consumption to decrease with age. In one study, approximately 44% of subjects either stopped drinking or decreased their consumption significiantly over time. In another study, the cohort that had the most impressive decrease in drinking with age were married male smokers with less than college education. A third study suggests that the inverse relationship between alcohol consumption and age is mostly due to less drinking per episode of drinking rather than fewer episodes of drinking, in general. One possible biological reason is that gastric alcohol dehydrogenase declines with age, which changes how it is absorbed. Other metabolic changes with respect to alcohol also change with age, and older people are more likely to have unpleasant reactions associated with drinking and enjoy drinking alcohol less.ReplyDelete
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