"Once, during prohibition, I was forced to live for days on nothing but food and water" - W.C. Fields.
I believe that every alcoholic would relate to these words of wisdom, and why not, alcohol has the dual distinction of being the most popular and unpopular beverage.
Mostly cursed for its ill effects but there is something about the spirit of this spirit that never bogs one down!
Even moderate use of 'Somrasa', as alcohol was popularly known in the ancient times, was prescribed by renowned medical practitioners, Charak and Susrusa; listening ladies???
Though there is no denying the fact that alcohol if consumed disproportionately is a killer but controlled uses of alcohol do have some good effects...
Even strangers become good friends over a shared session of group drinking. If you know your limit then you can successfully use this to your advantage.
Be it your boss or your sub-ordinate, it's a real ice breaker.
Remember that scene from Rocket Singh where Ranbir Kapoor fraternizes with his boss in a party
A good company with right dose of alcohol is a bliss. People of similar taste and opinion often flock together to discuss things. But one has to be very cautious while choosing their company.
If you have a taste in rock music and your friend rejoices in classical then better be patient or change company, coz' after few pints down things might get bit awkward for you both, as true feelings start pouring out!
Who can forget the forever bond of friendship between 'Devdas & Chunni babu', if you know what I mean!
"Mandir masjid bair karaye, mel karaye madhusala." Alcohol defies caste, class and religion, you never ask a fellow drinker in the bar about his religion or caste, you just like him or you don't.
So drink and be 'secular' merry!
Well, you don't have to be an alcoholic to be creative but yes artists are often born out of extremities and a most of them find solace under the guise of alcohol.
Remember Ranbir Kapoor from 'Rockstar', and Aditya Roy Kapur from 'Aashiqui'?
They paint their pain on canvas, would humm their writhing agony into tunes, which they boast brings out the best out of them.
Great writers, artists wriggled out their art after consuming this spirit. Greats like Mirza Ghalib, Hemingway, Picasso, Twain were all the devotees of this holy spirit.
So support a budding artist and let them drink!
Alcohol is a well known stimulant and it gives a whole new sense of confidence that can't be put in words.
But there is a thin line between confidence and over-confidence you must be observant to not to cross it (but it did work for Dharam Paaji in Sholay!)
In western countries alcohol is taken in measured quantity to catalyze body heat.
Beside this it clears the stomach and also reduces the risk of diabetes and developing gall stones.
Researchers at the University of Illinois found that injured patients with alcohol in their blood have a smaller chance of dying in the hospital.
Even the facts say it!