Sunday, 13 March 2011

For the sake of body and soul

I have decided to avoid alcohol and tobacco for the rest of Lent (a decision made and kept yesterday); for the sake of body and soul - a detoxification; since, hardly a day has passed since I was eighteen on which I have not indulged in these substances and, as I head up to fifty two years of age, it is time for a change of pace. Therefore, after Lent, I shall move to an aperitif, two glasses of wine and a digestif with meals and move off cigarettes altogether and onto my pipes and snuff. I have no intention of becoming an abstainer but a change of pace seems like a good idea. By announcing this here, I shall have to keep to this, or I should feel a fool.
Hogarth's Gin Lane.

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