Alcoholic Beverages and Pandemic


Posted on 28 Oct 2021 21:00 in ASKSiddhiのひとりごと by Yoko Deshmukh

I feel my childhood memories of resenting drunken adults might be subliminally affecting me.

I have never suffered from acute alcoholic intoxication nor alcohol dependence syndrome, and it was fortunate. I enjoyed alcoholic beverages, such as beers and wines, only when I had a good day or wanted to relax; thus, the frequency was about once a week or lesser.

However, I still had countless horrible experiences from alcohol consumption in the past. For instance, I woke up in a toilet, vomited in a public space, suffered from a terrible hangover, missed the last train, and nearly died of dehydration the next day. I gradually realized that the alcohol and happy memories hardly link together, even though I believed drinking was fuel to the added fun.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic followed by an all-India lockdown for several months since last March, the Indian government banned alcohol beverage sales too for a prolonged duration. In other words, I didn't drink at all for about half a year. Even after the ban was finally lifted, I never craved alcohol, unlike the people standing in a long queue in front of the wine shops across the country.

After that, I traveled to Japan at the end of last year and have been here temporarily since then. Due to a circumstance, I started visiting a clinic and taking some minor medications. That pushed me further away and wholly unchained me from the alcohol consumptions as I was afraid of the side-effect of my treatments.

Now, I often ask myself, "Do you feel like drinking alcohol?" But every time, the answer is "No," as I get headaches and nausea just by remembering the swallowing (or gulping) of the beer. Yet, I enjoy having a meal with someone who drinks in front of me; not only I wouldn't feel bad, but also I am more content than ever without alcohol in my hand. At least in my life, I won't need to drink.

In the future, I may sometimes enjoy "drinking to taste," such as premium wine that goes well with my favorite cheeses, but it seems to me that I have entirely graduated from "drinking to get drunk," and I thank COVID-19 for bringing me the awareness.

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Yoko Deshmukh   (日本語 | English)         
インド・プネ在住歴10年以上の英日・日英フリーランス翻訳者、デシュムク陽子(Yoko Deshmukh)が運営しています。2003年9月30日からインドのプネに住んでいます。

ASKSiddhi is run by Yoko Deshmukh, a native Japanese freelance English - Japanese - English translator who lives in Pune since 30th September 2003.

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