“I know why I drink. I drink to get bagged.
“I am no alcoholic. I’m a drunkard. There’s a difference. I don’t have to go to meetings. Ha! Ha!
“Drinking removes warts and other skin blemishes. Not from you, but from the people you are drinking with.
“Write what you want, pal. I don’t care if people know I drink.”
Those words were said by classic comedian Jackie Gleason (of The Honeymooners fame) in an old book called Hollywood is a Four Letter Town by entertainment reporter James Bacon.
Even then, it came off like a colorful rationale. But today, it seems extra self-defeating and off base.
Cheers to Jackie’s immense talent, though.