The Health Benefits Of Drinking Alone

If anyone ever tells you that drinking alone is an early sign of alcoholism, just tell them to fuck off.

10 months after quitting alcohol, it is even more clear why drinking alone is not only not a bad thing but a privilege. Drinkers of alcohol should consider it their right to drink without the company of people, for it is only when you’re throwing back drinks all by yourself that you can truly experience the greatness of alcohol in all its wonder and reap the mental and physical benefits of imbibing. In fact, it’s perfectly okay to not answer phone calls even from other booze hounds who can’t handle their own company and will bore you till the end of time. Why the fuck should you be with people who can’t be by themselves? Given that alcohol is a social lubricant that helps forge bonds instantly, it needs to be told that having people around every time you’re downing a few pegs can be bad for your health. Because it’s terrible to have to sit around after you’re done for the evening only because it would be rude of you to get up and leave when the others still have a few more to go. Also, such situations make you consume more alcohol than you otherwise would, because it’s so boring to sit around and watch others drink. In short, you’re stuck in a smoke-filled bar drinking beyond your capacity because you don’t want to seem impolite. Even worse than that is the bullshit you have to endure: people who used to drink can understand how people can become after a few beers and not make a big deal of it, but some drunks will let you know at least nine times in the three precious hours of your life you’re spending trying to make sense of the wisdom they’re spouting that you used to be more likeable when you were a booze hound, even though you won’t hurt their feelings by letting them know that if it weren’t for their inebriated state, you’d be utilizing your time doing something you actually enjoy instead of pretending you were taking everything they said seriously and that you could’ve had dinner when you got hungry at a restaurant that serves food worth eating. So, if anyone ever tells you that drinking alone is an early sign of alcoholism, just tell them to fuck off, because it’s better to have a couple of whiskies with only your thoughts or a book for company and then retire to bed at a respectable hour than feel trapped in a circle of morons who think they have you in rapt attention. Yes, I’m still off the sauce.

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19 Responses to “The Health Benefits Of Drinking Alone”

  1. 1 cookydoh
    October 29, 2012 at 09:35

    Very proud of you, Mr. Mehta. Also, how old is this photo? You are atrociously cute!


  2. October 29, 2012 at 09:54

    Making sense of nonsense! Cheers bro


  3. 5 buddhu
    October 29, 2012 at 11:48

    so true


  4. 7 Anonymous
    October 29, 2012 at 19:13

    What if you put on that cop suit and raided a posh bar? hmmmm….


  5. 9 wotsa
    October 31, 2012 at 06:29

    mother of posts!! i thought i was the only one who thought that way!!! me gusta


  6. 11 Devdutt
    November 1, 2012 at 14:48

    i think you have to distinguish between those who drink to savour and those who drink because it gets them into a different space more conducive to appreciating other aspects of life. For the latter, drinking alone doesn’t necessarily reduce the urge to drink more, but it does elevate the experience if they are in the right frame of mind.

    But yeah, drinking generally makes boring, insufferable people more tolerable. Conversely, it also introduces the risk of making a usually sensible sort act like an utter cunt 😦


  7. 13 longytv
    November 3, 2012 at 05:29

    Let’s drink to that…alone.


  8. November 14, 2012 at 16:17

    Excellent post, bro! I’m not that much of a drinker by any means, but whenever I drink, I prefer to do it alone for the EXACT reasons you mentioned. Thanks a ton for bringing this topic to light!

    P.S. Have you ever written an article about the ill-effects of firecrackers on diwali? It pisses me off and drives me nuts at a level you can’t even imagine. I could write a whole book on it. Would love to read your views on it and will share the post around if you indeed write on it.


    • November 14, 2012 at 16:22

      Thanks, Aniruddh. I’ve written quite a bit about how religious festivals and rituals and customs are harming society and the environment.

      If you feel like writing about it, please do so and email it to me. I’ll publish your article as a guest column so that readers can get to know your thoughts. 🙂


  9. August 8, 2013 at 18:45

    I usually don’t LOOK for company when I’m deciding to drink. But if someone wants to be good company, they’re always welcome as long as they themselves intend to get drunk. That reminds me, do you wanna join me for a marathon booze session as I’m in Mumbai on next Sunday, around independence day period? Will that be a dry day for the pubs BTW??? Your recommendation last time, The Pint Room in Bandra was spot on, loved that place.


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