Wednesday, 22 June 2011
This morning I had an irate friend call me. I'll paraphrase the conversation as best as I can.
"You know about things going on in politics and stupid people. Who are these people who say we can only drink a mouthful of wine?"
I replied I didn't have a clue but, because I'm slightly more au fait with computers than she was, I promised to do my best to find out.
Then I investigated and discovered It really has little to do with health whatsoever. Those of us over 65 are perfectly aware now much we can drink - after all we learned the skill back in the 60s and 70's when drink became available to those of us who worked for a living. "Good" alcohol wasn't cheap in those days but one negative was the hangovers. Us oldies don't like hangovers. We know our limit.
Back then few of my pals dabbled in drugs, we stuck to alcohol. Today's young will learn the same lessons eventually but it will take many years. Scotland's drug addiction needs to be addressed before sectarianism.
This afternoon I had an surprise visit from another friend. She was outraged because some 'medics' think 'oldies', after a lifetime of work and paying legal taxes to benefit the whole of the the UK, should curtain our drinking habits.
Why are politicians so focused upon keeping us 'baby boomers' alive? was her point. Is is to do with the taxes we pay on our pensions? I pointed her in the direction of this website, and I noticed her nod in agreement.
I'm off to have an other sherry.