We think that some situations, relevant to tension, are inevitable. To diffuse our anger and to relieve tension we drink liquor or run into other habits. I write about it because I see danger. I don’t think about alcoholism abuse, about extremity of addicteness towards alcohol. Most drinkers don’t exceed the limits. They are elegant, appear to be well-cared-for, they are intelligent and smart. Aomame, the character of “1Q84”, by Haruki Murakami, represents these drinkers. And something goes wrong with her. (my mistress is in the course of reading this novel)
We cannot solve problems by drinking or smoking. We only cling to problems in this way. Above all we should analyse our sensitivity to stress. And then avoid tension. Not avoid life! Spare time is for exploration of richness of the world, not for getting drunk. Great resources become hidden in front of drinking people. Visual area is narrowing. The sense of our self is shrinking. We stop making progress towards solving problems.
“Wine and tobacco destroy the individuality. After a cigar or glass of vodka you are no longer Peter Sorin, but Peter Sorin plus somebody else. Your ego breaks in two: you begin to think of yourself in the third person.”
“The Sea-Gull”, by Anton Chekhov