Cocktails are a rather frivolous business. No one lives or dies based on the way I make a sazerac. I'm not curing cancer behind the bar, and from current statistics, 1 in 3 Americans doesn't even drink so they could care less what I do.
There is a dark side to our business as well. Alcoholism, cirrhosis and other diseases can and do affect people in our business, so care needs to be taken around alcohol. I'm not a gloom and doomer, but I realize that not everyone can drink responsibly and that alcohol is a very powerful force in some peoples lives.
I like to drink. I really do. Sometimes, the thought of a good Manhattan is enough to get me through a tough work day. Most times, its just a cocktail or two, but sometimes I'll put a few back. I've been lucky enough to be blessed with good health, and for that I am extremely thankful. If ever something happened to threaten my health because of alcohol, well lets be honest here. I like living more than I like drinking.
Athletes regularly have career ending injuries. Bartenders should too. I would never wish ill health on anyone, not even those that I don't like. Health matters are something to be taken seriously, and if its a choice between my health and the bar, well, that should be a no brainer right?
I'm not going to tell people how to live their lives, but I do hope and pray that anyone who is experiencing health problems as a result of alcohol consumption quit. I know I would without a moments hesitation. My health is far more valuable than a couple of cocktails.
Here is wishing all of you good health and a great weekend!