I secretly wonder if the person talking statistics seriously on the early morning radio programme, talking about the dangers of baby boomers boozing their way to an early death, is her or himself able to go home in the evening and simply sip an approved unit of wine or beer. In my experience as an experienced baby boomer who probably drinks too much, the person who gets up in the morning, hears the programme about baby boomers being hospitalised with illnesses relating to alcohol, swears to her or himself that this day is the day of moderation and yet by 7.00 or 7.30 pm is having a different internal conversation with him or herself. She or he is thinking of a gin and tonic followed by a rather nice supper with wine and then another glass or two during Macmafia, the Crown, Foyle’s War and Midsummer Murders. The movement in the mind from morning to evening is the real trouble. And we baby boomers are now retired and when we aren’t walking the dogs or gardening, we have time to go to Lidl and Aldi and Tesco and check out the deals on our favourite Merlot, Shiraz and Chardonnay. However, we have Lent coming up soon and that gives us a 40 day period of self righteousness. We then prove to ourselves that we aren’t alcoholic and at the end of the 40 day period of abstinence, we open the bottle of champagne, bought earlier because we have clocked the deals coming up via our newly acquired access to the internet and back we go to our old habits.
Or maybe not?
This post was originally posted on the You can meditate too blog.