I thought I would start this post off on the wrong foot, and discuss the topic of alcohol awareness. As I write, of course, I have sitting next to me a very nice, very cold vodka and coke. I added a little crème de framboise just for a little extra flavour and must say I am suitably cheerful with the result. Or perhaps I will be if as I intend to, I have another.

A significant portion of my experience (as opposed to my drinking) has involved cocktails and it’s highly likely they will feature somewhat in future posts, as will craft beer and ales. It’s clear then that I don’t have any particular dislike of alcohol, and have partaken somewhat during my life.

All things are good in moderation so they say. I don’t advocate that, but alcohol in moderation is okay in my view if it’s in moderation. After all, I’ve just got myself another while I’ve been writing this.

I have lived in Scotland most of my life and the Scottish culture is one rich with quality in terms of product offer. There’s a seemingly endless array of whisky and real ale in particular within easy reach no matter where you find yourself. That same culture, of course, leads to endless opportunities for social drinking and for those more vulnerable, alcohol issues with all the potential consequences. I myself have suffered an odd brush with ill health as a result of alcohol misuse and know many who have suffered likewise or more.

I’m not going to regurgitate a bunch of stats here showing the risks of overindulgence. Suffice it to say if you are old enough to drink alcohol, you should already know the risks not only for you but for those around you who care for you and want the best for you.

I enjoy a social drink, and this website is dedicated to the subject. So if you drink alcohol, take your time to enjoy a social drink, and drink responsibly.

For those who may benefit, below are a couple of useful links where more information can be found if you’re concerned for yourself or someone you care about.

Drink Aware UK

Change 4 Life

NCADD