The power to turn away from drinking

What's needed to resist the pressure—and desire—to drink already exists within.

Not long ago a friend of mine and his colleague were in Russia on business. One time, at the end of the day, they were invited to a client's home for dinner. After dinner, the client offered each of them a shot of vodka. My friend explained that he didn't drink alcohol. But his colleague, feeling awkward and nervous about possibly losing this client's business, said he would drink for himself and my friend. What followed was a game of toasting and drinking, shot after shot. My friend's colleague finally fell, knocking over the television and VCR. He lost the game.

You're not receptive to what's going on around you and what's going on with yourself when you drink. I often find that people who abstain from drinking are happier, freer, more at peace.

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