The art and craft of drinking.

GV Rama RaoStarred Page By GV Rama Rao, 15th Dec 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2aaks5aj/
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People have been drinking since time immemorial and will continue in future. It's essential to understand this fabulous pastime.

Drinking is a pleasure.

Drinking may be considered as a social evil and hazardous to health by some, but it is a pleasure to many and practiced universally. This important activity in our everyday life needs a detailed study.

Drinking, in my opinion, should be viewed as a military operation which first defines the aim at the outset. The object and context are of paramount importance. Drinking can be classified into the following categories.

Social drinking.

This is indulged in social functions like office parties, formal banquets and parties in the club. Here social networking is the primary concern, and drinking takes a back seat. On such occasions, one should pick up a drink fashionable in the group of the party and hold the glass as if it were a ceremonial appendage. It should also be nursed with the same care as one would a baby. A drink with little or no alcoholic content is best suited for such occasions. A sip every few minutes and watching the glass at all times are the guiding pricnciples. Getting drunk on such occasions is harmful to one's reputation and standing in the community. Secondly, drink makes one talkative, and it would be inappropriate to make any comment which is not politically correct. Here, one may have to watch the reaction of the boss or subordinates who may either frown or spread stories if one imbibes a glass one too many. Moderation and a drink less than one's capacity are the keys to success in the operation.

For celebration

One drinks to celebrate success in any walk of life. It need not be winning a Nobel. A minor achievement like getting a long overdue rise or a promotion would call for celebration. Also certain days like marriage anniversary, a birthday to name a few, call for celebration. Here again, one should select suitable company, preferably those who share his success and start with his favorite potion. Since the one reveling in the success is expected to pay the bill in the end, one should bear in mind the cost of the drinks ordered. Calling for champagne for a small rise would hurt one's purse. One should limit the number of guests and the duration of the party to keep the costs down.

Drowning sorrow

When one is in the dumps, he is tempted to drown his despair in drinks. This is acceptable behavior and nothing to be scoffed at. It's easy to preach to take failure in one's stride and move on with renewed vigor to pursue success, but one cannot be faulted for reaching for the bottle. Success has many fathers and failure is an orphan as the famous saying goes. It's likely one will have few to keep company in such an event. Here one can drink whatever gives him the fortitude to face his discomfiture. The quantum of drink is not directly proportional to the angst caused by the event. One should drink as much as he wants as long as he doesn't cross the red line of his capacity. One can go slow and extend his time with a bottle. This will help him in getting more time to reflect on the cause of his failure and help him stay sober.

Loneliness.

Loneliness is a dreaded monster, and for want of a better thing to do, one may open his bar. This also is a standard behavior pattern and people go on a binge on such occasions. Many housewives of busy executives and golf players take to drinking to beat this monster and become alcoholics. These people need counseling. A real hobby or some creative activity to overcome loneliness is a better alternative to drinking. If such people cannot find an alternative, they should opt for moderation and for skipping alternate days.

For pleasure

This is the most enjoyable pastime one can indulge in it periodically, say once in three days. Here, one should know the craft of drinking. The first thing is to select an appropriate place to sit down and enjoy a drink. A comfortable seat like a Lazyboy would be ideal. Second is to pick up a bottle of one's favorite drink. Next, drinking alone is no fun. One should pick up an agreeable partner like one who laughs at all old jokes and never complains about anything. Drinks by themselves do not satisfy the palate. Small eats that go well with drinks are aplenty. One should have three or four varieties of small- eats handy and within arm's reach. I, for one, like a bottle of Black Label and nuts like cashew nuts, Brazillian nuts, and chicken legs to go with drinks.

Accessories

Apart from small eats, other accessories include a packet of cigarettes, a DVD player to play a movie one admires, a device to play scintillating music. These will enhance the pleasure of drinking.

Overriding rule

One drinks for pleasure mostly. It's essential to see the drink doesn't get the better of us. One should know one's limit or capacity to hold his drink and never cross the line. Crossing the line is fraught with several unpleasant consequences.
Approval.

Drinking should have the approval of the person that matters most to one. If the spouse hates drinking, the pleasure of drinking is negated by the glare of one's partner. All the effort and money spent would go waste. It's recommended to obtain prior permission or approval or a mere nod of the head of a one's most loved person before starting drinking.

Conclusion

I have been drinking and enjoying my drink for the last fifty years or more. I want to assure my readers I followed the above principles and never got into unpleasant situations either with my spouse or my friends and colleagues.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Dec 2014 (#)

most interesting and informative GV..thank you and happy holidays...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
16th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Carolina,
Many thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Lady Aiyanna
16th Dec 2014 (#)

That is why you men are such pains in the neck, you drink, beat the wife up, piss in the verandah, vomit on the staircase, and fall down in the bathrooms.
If that is not enough, you come back with blood pressure, diabetes and what not because of it.
Yep, the women too do it these days.

I don't drink, smoke or have sex. Thank goodness, I live far away from all the men on this planet and just step out to make a living take to a few for the sake of work and get back home no strings attached.
Life is better this way.

SIN will encourage anyone with her bottle of Vodka!!!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
16th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Lady Aiyanna,
Your rant against men is uncalled for, unnnecessary, irrelevant and is bad spirit. You could have avoided commenting. One comment more or less makes no difference, not even a comment from Lady Aiyanna.
If you don't have drink, smoke or sex it is your preference or problem. What is SIN anyway? I don't believe in sin, hell nor heaven. Hell is where people like you make uncharitable comments.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Dec 2014 (#)

that so called lady only knows how to rant on our pages...she has no dignity, no respect in fact no NOTHING.. some of the stuff she puts on my pages is absoutely horrible..it just reflects her TOTAL Ignorance...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
16th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Caroline,
It's perhaps due to the way of life she chose.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
28th Dec 2014 (#)

actually she is referring to me //she always calls me SIN she cannot get off her evil platform of hate and vindictiveness...you should see what she puts on my pages...oh oh oh...she actually makes me laugh..

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author avatar SaigonDeManila
9th Feb 2015 (#)

Hahah i almost wanted to ask (but ask g anyway) if she is hermadrpohite or autotropic.that can replicate herself without the need of another human. Kidding aside L.Aiyanna probably had a bad hair day.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
16th Dec 2014 (#)

Interesting post, always drink with moderation!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
16th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Fern,
You got it right, and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Sreedevi Krishnan
17th Dec 2014 (#)

No wonder your art & craft of drinking is enjoyable as it's all from your experience.Wish I could share your Black Label this Christmas!!!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Sridevi,
Thanks for your comment.

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author avatar viewgreen
17th Dec 2014 (#)

Awesome information... Thank you for sharing this and absolutely avoid Lady!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
17th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear viewgreen,
Many thanks for your comment and advice.

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author avatar Utah Jay
18th Dec 2014 (#)

Unfortunatly for me I drank to hide myself and it became one problem after the other. I wasn't trying to drowned my sorrows, I was trying to drowned myself and almost did. I am glad to see some one make some good rules for drinking and I say good on you. It is just too bad that those who chose to avoid society then chose to point fingers at those who chose to live their lives. And I think we have all had our run ins with her, but , such is life my friend...Great post.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
18th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Utah Jay,
Every person is entitled to live his life the way he likes. There is no correct way. Thanks for your appreciation.

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author avatar Carol
21st Dec 2014 (#)

What a fitting article at this time of the year. Many thanks Rama

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
22nd Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Carol,
Many thanks for your comment.
Wish you A MERRY CHRISTMAS and A HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
28th Dec 2014 (#)

Timely post and well done. Moderation in anything is always the safer bet. I enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine with my dinner. Happy New Year!

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
28th Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Sherri Granato,
Welcome to my pages and thanks for your comment.

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author avatar Utah Jay
31st Dec 2014 (#)

I just wanted to stop by and wish you the Happiest of New Years...Best wishes for you.

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
31st Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Utah Jay,
Many thanks for your wishes.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Dec 2014 (#)

happy happy New Year to everyone here..much loving and light too ...

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
31st Dec 2014 (#)

My dear Caroline,
Many thanks for your good wishes.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jan 2015 (#)

You have viewed it from all angles GVR, great piece. I have seen it all though I don't drink anymore. It is tough to stay within limits when we have to please our friends.

I am reminded of a take - one should leave this world fully drunk as heaven or hell would not matter then! Also heaven could be boring while hell, though crowded, will have fun loving people!

Wish you Happy New Year with many more to come - siva

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author avatar GV Rama Rao
2nd Jan 2015 (#)

My dear Siva,
Many thanks for your warm wishes.
I don't know why you left drinking, but i still enjoy the pleasure, of course following my well defined rules.

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