Mullberry Whine

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Too Many Proof

Interior of a Danish Bar, 1886 by Peder Severin Krøyer (1851-1909)…

“So abstaining from alcohol  – or even just cutting back – is not something you’d even be willing to try?” Dr. Hepato leans in.  She looks hard at the grizzled gentleman perched on the hospital bed, his belongings in a bright yellow bag at his side, eager for discharge.

The patient puts one hand on his hip, points at Dr. Hepato loosely with the other, and sits back, widening the confrontational distance between them.

“Well, in the town I live in, we can’t afford a town drunk. So we all take turns.  And I’ve missed two turns now, so they’re making me fill in for the village idiot.”

I smile on the outside, but all I can think of are his lately ruined and at risk insides.

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2 comments on “Too Many Proof

  1. on thehomefrontandbeyondl
    August 24, 2012

    a clever retort hiding a tragedy

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Mullberry Whine can be enjoyed daily; there is no unsafe quantity. Real wine, though, should be enjoyed in moderation. At-Risk Drinking for males under 65 is defined as >14 alcoholic beverages per week or >4/day, with >7 drinks a week or >3/day being the cut-off for females under 65 and for anyone, male or female, who has graced this planet for 65 years for more. Drink Mullberry Whine like there are no consequences. But drink alcohol responsibly. Your friends, your family, your health-care provider, and your liver - heck, ALL of the organs in your body - will thank you.
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