So, I'm going to fall back on the old standby - reprint. From 1/17/08
There's this blog I read - Magneto Bold Too - and today she's told the story about Moo, her 16 year old daughter, and Moo's recent experience drinking a Vodka based drink that had her head in the toilet for the day. And how miserable she felt. (Moo, that is.) And there was even a picture of Moo paying homage to the porcelain Goddess - doing a good job of keeping her nice, long hair out of the way. And I really felt sorry for Moo. But not quite as sorry as I felt for #2 son in November of 2000, when we were in Ireland.
Below is a picture of said son, taken while on that trip. He is standing at the edge of a road that wraps around the face of a clifff in western Ireland, near Clifden. He is, at this point, sober. Thankfully.
As you can see, at 16 years of age and 6'1" tall he was (and is) a pretty impressive young man. And that's the way he liked (and likes to this day) to dress. I never had to tell him to pull up his pants nor did I ever worry about what holes he might make in his body or decorations he might add to his skin that he wasn't born with. But I knew that he and his older brother used to nip into my liquor supply when I wasn't around - but I don't think that either one of them had ever been 'drunk'.
Anyway, on this particular trip, he and I sat in the bar at the hotel one night and I introduced him to Magner's Cider - which, in Ireland, has as much alcohol as beer. But it doesn't taste like it. It does taste good, though. Real good. And it sort of sneaks up on you. And it snuck up on him.
You could see the headache he had the next day. He didn't get sick, but he sure didn't feel like running around the hills of western Ireland that day, I can tell you. We talked about how he felt. I told him I knew that he and his brother had been getting into my booze. I told him that after we got home to the States, he could have a drink, with me, any time he wanted - as long as he didn't plan on going out afterwards and as long as it was just him - no friends. I laid down the same law to his (by 2 years) older brother. To this day, they both drink responsibly. #1 son will be 26 in May. #2 son will be 24. (Yes, girls, he's married.)