We Catholics know how to enjoy a good drink. But alcohol, like any good thing, can be abused, and it has the potential to turn into the hell of alcoholism if we do not exercise temperance.
So is there a good rule of thumb for making sure we do not abuse drink? There sure is, and it is provided by the inimitable G.K. Chesterton, who has something to say about everything. Here’s his advice on enjoying drink safely.
Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable. Never drink when you are wretched without it, or you will be like the grey-faced gin-drinker in the slum; but drink when you would be happy without it, and you will be like the laughing peasant of Italy. Never drink because you need it, for this is rational drinking, and the way to death and hell. But drink because you do not need it, for this is irrational drinking, and the ancient health of the world.
In other words, don’t drink to find happiness, drink to enhance the happiness you already have. Cheers!