A silent teetotaller who politely refuses alcohol from persons who drink often experiences attempts by such persons to pressure him to drink. Drinkers tell him that he is still going to die, whether or not he drinks. It seems fitting that some drinkers would always make a reference to death in discussions involving drinking and non drinking.
It also seems fitting that some non drinkers, when given the opportunity to do so, would always make reference to the positive and optimistic prospects of living a sensible and practical life, and the advantages of health and wellness resulting from such a life to its practitioners.
These drinking enthusiasts, additionally, assume the right of choice between drinking and non drinking; but they are usually unwilling to grant that same right of choice to non drinking, health and wellness enthusiasts.
By Edward Fagan