Dear Aunty Em
‘I was treated to my first ever gin and tonic(s) last weekend. This morning I wanted one for breakfast. Is that normal?’
– Thirsty Dave
Dear Thirsty Dave,
My first question is what kind of day are you having? Did you just find out that you got your 20 year old intern pregnant? Is she also your step sister? Or are you slipping out of bed and into an alcoholic haze?
As Frank Sinatra famously said, ‘The best thing about a hangover is that you know your day can only get better’.
If this is a fleeting fancy, indulge away. Have a G&T with your eggs and toast, knock over a Bloody Mary with your morning muesli, down some Krug with your Kelloggs! There is no harm in getting a buzz on in the a.m., provided you’re not operating heavy machinery or flying a plane.
On the other hand, if you have an addictive personality, issues with depression and anxiety or you’re drinking alone so you can face the day, maybe stick to the highly caffeinated beverages that society endorses. Sure, they’re not helping either but at least you’re not going to end up in AA retelling the story about how you shat your pants at your Uncle Barry’s funeral.
The British Raj considered G&T’s the ultimate mosquito repellant. My question to you is just how repellant do you want to be?