Lately in the heat, I'm down to one dram an evening and even a splash more water than normal due to the muggy weather we're enjoying. No ice yet.
In all seriousness, that's what my grandmother said when I drove down to Calgary to see her last weekend. And you can't argue with grams, damnit!
Unlike the svelte Mr. T, spending time away from the drams did not improve my waistline. I blame close friends who insist on inviting me to their weddings, a natural inclination towards excess, and that piece of chocolate Wendy gave me at the Victoria Whisky Festival in January.
I never get drunk, and I've never understood those who drink "to feel happy". Drinking when I'm unhappy only makes me feel worse, not to mention that the last thing I want to do when I'm unhappy is drink.
I drink my whiskey in a shot glass that holds exactly half an ounce. And I have a good 6 of those on a good night, which could come every night if, as I said before, "all is well in my life".
I try to stick to 6 because of this:
The surgeon general says that is OK for a man to have 2 drinks a day, which in the case of spirits means two 1.5 ounce shots.
So, I found this shot glass with a 1/2 ounce mark on it, and I figured, if I drink 6 of those, that equals 3 ounces, which equals the two drinks recommended by the surgeon general.
Silly, I know, to be so precisely concerned with this, but I started that a long time ago when I switched to whiskey because my doctor told me that I was on the verge of Diabetes and that "Mojitos" had too much sugar for me.
Then I started researching drinking and the blood sugar connection and I came across the above recommendation. I settled for spirits as my drink of choice because I found out that they don't contain any sugar, it all turns to alcohol, and they actually lower your blood sugar. At the time, my doctor's recommendation was: "stop drinking Mojitos, drink straight Vodka instead". I'm not into Vodka, but my need to switch led me to discover Single Malt Scotch, and I thank my doctor for that!.
My blood sugar has been under control for years now, mainly thanks to my diet and plenty of exercise, but I still stick to the 6 shots rule, mainly because after doing it for such a long time my body kind of stops wanting more after six, though occasionally, if the whiskey is good and my mood is right, I can go over that without guilt and without inebriation.
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