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I had a drink – and the pain vanished – Adrian Chiles

Grandma had just died and I was far from home. Then I had a drink – and the pain vanished

“It’s all about the first drink, as in the first drink of your life and the first drink of the day. This much I learned in writing a book about drinking less, which involved examining how I came to be drinking so much in the first place. And I trace it all back to a thoroughly miserable fortnight in Germany when I was 14.”

“Forty years later, having put petrol-tanker quantities of alcohol through my system, I see the significance of that first drink. And, more importantly, the significance of the first drink on any given occasion. The first one is the only one that matters; it’s the only one that brings about a wondrous change in your emotional state. All subsequent drinks are increasingly fruitless attempts to recreate that initial feeling. Grasping this truth is the surest route to drinking less. Relish the first drink, and perhaps a second if you must, but don’t bother with the rest.”

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