(ed: prices do need to rise – and of course if nz follows the path of colorado – we will likely see a drop in alcohol-consumption after the legalising of cannabis – but that alcohol-consumption mindset is strong in new zealand.
and tho’ cannabis is brilliant for those trying to kick alcohol – or cigarettes – or etc. etc…that new zealand booze-drenched cultural-mindset doesn’t go away..)
Booze has been a big part of my life – living with an alcoholic for over fifteen years I know too well how drinking can destroy a relationship.
Love turns into loathing – trust morphs into suspicion – on a daily basis.
All my working life has been spent in an industry where people drink every day.
In my twenties as a junior journalist I would hang out in Fleet Street bars and clubs in Soho – downing Cosmopolitans at lunchtime.
Working in television in my thirties I was so disgusted by the levels of boozing that I stopped drinking altogether for six months.
I’ve never managed that again – four weeks has been my limit.
But as I’ve got older the fear of brain damage and memory loss has kicked in so I’ve come to know when to stop: never more than two glasses of wine when alone.
I am a control freak – someone who wants to live to be 100 – focused on survival – and yet I find alcohol so seductive.
It doesn’t surprise me at all that the death rates from booze among my generation of women are rising faster than for men and have risen by a third in the last decade.