The loop that ingesting alone could result in


Carrie Underwood sings: “Drownin’ the ache is healthier, with someone else who acquired issues.”

Wine columnist RICHARD CALVER muses in regards to the downsides of ingesting alone…

I’M not normally a fan of nation music, however I have to give an enormous thumbs as much as Carrie Underwood’s catchy “Consuming Alone”, a couple of lovelorn girl sitting in a bar looking at a person after which indicating that they need to be “ingesting alone (pause) collectively”.

Richard Calver.

This can be a wonderful instance of a literary machine that’s broadly labelled “distinction” however falls into plenty of sub-categories. On this occasion, there may be antithesis as a result of the assertion within the chorus incorporates two reverse concepts. 

There’s additionally a component of paradox on this plangent music as a result of the distinction between ingesting alone and ingesting collectively doesn’t make sense till we perceive the context. 

The projection of her personal distress on the opposite particular person within the bar means she longs to not be ingesting alone however ingesting alone, collectively, with the opposite distress guts:

Drownin’ the ache is healthier
With someone else who acquired issues
We ain’t gonna clear up ’em
However distress loves firm
Tonight all I would like is a stranger 

This tune got here to thoughts as I used to be pondering the truth that, as retirement has coiled itself round me, I usually take one or two glasses of wine with my meal at evening and discover myself ingesting alone. This normally occurs once I use wine as a condiment: white in risotto, crimson in a beef casserole or in a spaghetti sauce, for instance. These are normally meals that I can freeze or that I don’t thoughts consuming at the very least two days in a row. 

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Wine categorically enhances the flavours of meals. This doesn’t imply drowning the meals in a cascade of wine however, as with different condiments, discovering an acceptable degree of wine so as to add that will get the meals to the following degree. It’s a query of experimenting and, simply as with the ingesting of wine, discovering out what most accurately fits your style.

The addition of wine within the meals means that there’s wine “left over” or, the truth is, able to drink with the meal that incorporates a glass or two of the identical wine. 

It’s then a pleasure, an epicurean journey, to make sure that the meals and the wine complement one another. In the event that they don’t, subsequent time you make changes. 

Having “left over” wine was not a principal cause for ingesting alone that I found on a web site the place the primary thrust of the messages appears to be that of serving to alcoholics ( It says the primary causes for ingesting alone are:

  • Stress.
  • Anxiousness or worries.
  • Melancholy.
  • Anger.
  • Trauma.
  • Lowering alcohol withdrawal signs. 

After which additional down from this confronting listing is the purpose I used to be attempting to make: you drink alone since you just like the style of the drink. Phew! 

However then one other admonition: “Consuming alone isn’t all the time an indication of alcoholism. Nonetheless, if you end up ingesting alone recurrently or excessively, it might signify a extra significant issue.” 

That “significant issue” I possess of recurrently ingesting alone is seemingly underlined by depressive tendencies. 

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The web site proclaims: “Solitary ingesting is related to a better probability of depressive signs. Melancholy may cause folks to drink alone.” 

So, should you’re depressed you’re extra prone to drink alone and should you drink alone you’re extra prone to change into depressed. That appears to be a spiral that when you’re caught up in it’s troublesome to flee, uh, similar to ingesting alone? 

Oh properly, I in all probability simply want to seek out somebody the place I can share any distress that’s engendered by solitary ingesting (none palpable so far) and “drink alone… collectively”. 

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Ian Meikle, editor