Connie Lee told me Matey said booze held him together.
“People say alcohol is a social lubricant,” I said. “That’s in small doses. In large doses it’s a solvent. It dissolves morals, judgment, and relationships. Worst of all, it dissolves our ability to change our lives. It doesn’t hold us together, it just makes it easier to ignore we’re falling apart.
“So why can’t he just drink it in small doses?” Connie Lee asked, wiping away a tear.
“Because he’s an alcoholic. The first drink dissolves our resolve to drink just a couple. For us it’s a resolvent.”
Today I will remember alcohol is a resolvent.
Sober Not Somber © 2015 by Ken Montrose
(Just a reminder: Sober Not Somber is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone you might know is purely coincidental.)