A character in a novel I read in August was described as having ‘alcoholic proclivities’.
The very term struck me to the core. It felt way too close to home. I looked up the definition of proclivity, according to Merriam-Webster:
an inclination or predisposition toward something; especially : a strong inherent inclination toward something objectionable
Just a few days later I received the results of a food intolerance test conducted while I was in Australia in July. Grapes had made the list. As had all fermented beverages (alcohol, cider, vinegar) and malt (beer, liqueurs, whisky, gin). Just to be sure I didn’t miss all the connections to alcohol.
I’d bought a bottle of wine that day. I closed down the computer, ignored the damning email for a few days, enjoy this last hurrah – and then I did it.
My many previous half-hearted efforts to drop the daily glass of wine became a personal mission. [Read more…]