I’ve been a lifetime non-strict abstainer of alcoholic beverages. I avoid drinking them as much as I could for the reason that I don’t even know. I drink only once or twice a year, or even none at all. Last time I drank such a beverage was in my friend’s birthday a few weeks ago, when he offered everybody a shot of sake. I tried and it tasted horrible: very bitter. I can only enjoy the wine offered in special masses, to which the bread is dipped; it is sweet and sour (or is it grape juice???).
I asked a friend of mine who has been in Europe for years about this. He said that one of the reasons why Europeans drank alcoholic drinks was to keep their bodies warm. This friend drinks mainly in winter irregularly, citing the expensive prices of such drinks. Another friend, a recent settler in Europe, is a social drinker: he only drinks such beverages in parties and celebrations, since if he rejects the offered drinks, the hosts may feel that he doesn’t respect them. Meanwhile, I also read some literatures about alcoholic beverages on Wikipedia, and found out that while they carry many disadvantages, they can be advantageous if drunk properly.
This raises an issue: if I someday manage my way to settle in Europe, will I still refrain from drinking this kind of beverages? What is the exact reason of my abstention? Maybe because of the culture in the place where I come from, which is strongly associated to the traditional teaching of Islam, which tends to look down upon drinkers. Maybe because of the depiction of people with alcoholic addiction such as Nobi Nobisuke, whom I see as quite irresponsible regarding this problem. However, from the religious POV, Roman Catholicism itself takes a moderationist stance on this issue, meaning adherents like me are allowed to drink alcoholic beverages on a modest amount, so I think I can take this stance.
So this is my current conclusion. I will someday drink alcoholic beverages only on purpose, for example to keep my body warm. As I now live in Singapore, which mainly has hot temperature, I don’t need to drink them. The only reason that prevents me to consume them excessively will be the bitterness, thanks to my dislikeness towards such a taste.
*penting ga sih?*