Monday, July 24, 2017


That information is contained in the following sentence on page 244 in a book of essays by New York-based American talk-show host Dick Cavett that is entitled "Brief Encounters" ---- a copyright-2014 New York Times book published by Henry Holt and Company of New York City, New York:

"Every bit as disturbing is the statement of a highway patrolman I know that one out of five drivers heading toward you --- or your kids --- in the oncoming lane on Friday and Saturday night is over the intoxication limit. Or, less politely, drunk."

On pages 247-248 of the above-cited book "Brief Encounters", Mr. Cavett offers the following bleak factual statement from one of his readers, "geomurshiva of Cooperstown, New York" (the only citation information for that reader that I was able to find in Mr. Cavett's cited book):

"Being a critical care nurse for a long time, I have seen what alcohol can do to any one of us. We think most often of the long term drinker and the liver failure and the disorientation and the sad last days of coma and the family at the bedside crying so sadly for the loss of another life to booze....But, for most of us serving the sick we cry more for the younger ones who got drunk at a college party and then went driving only to die in a car crash or sustain brain injury and paralysis...."

These two very brief quoted items are excerpts from the essay "Cavett on Booze, Again", that is contained on pages 244 through 248 of Mr. Cavett's refreshingly candid book entitled "Brief Encounters".

The above-cited book is jointly copyrighted by Richard A. (Dick) Cavett and by The New York Times daily newspaper of New York City, New York. Each of the essays in the book "Brief Encounters" originally appeared, "in slightly different form," on the The New York Times's official website, an introductory page for the book states.

This 2017 blog from myself, John Kevin McMillan of Austin, Texas, is being offered as a public-service announcement from my one-member (myself, only, at present) and non-Christian, non-proselytizing, fully independent Progressive Prohibitionist Religion, a new "Honor Society" religious denomination with very stringent membership-eligibility requirements. All of the membership of my own factually-based, implicitly-deistic, non-praying and rational-goal-setting-minded religion (myself, only, at present) permanently abstain on a 24-hour-a-day and year-round basis from consumption of alcohol.

Use of cooking alcohol (cooking sherry or certain types of wine, for instance) inside one's own residence for the preparation of culinary dishes in which the drinking alcohol evaporates during the cooking process, is enthusiastically endorsed by my new religion. This alternative use for some types of alcohol appears to be safe and healthful, and also adds flavor to culinary dishes.

My currently-only-one-approved-member religion also regards it as permissible for membership of my denomination to consume some food products (some mustard products, for instance) in which the quantity of wine, for instance, is only minimal or a "trace" ingredient only, and the alcohol for that reason is cited as the very last item in the ingredients list provided by the food-product's manufacturer. There is no factual evidence I myself have ever obtained which would indicate that this very minimal consumption of a trace of alcohol that's an ingredient in a commercially prepared mustard, would be in any way harmful to one's own liver or overall medical health, or would impair one's judgment or thinking skills or level of alertnesss in any way.

Use of alcohol in cooking inside one's own home is very safe for the entire Progressive Prohibitionist Religion membership (myself, only, at present). This is true partly because my new religion is exclusively for non-alcoholic persons. Any person with a current or prior history of alcohol addiction (or illicit-drug-addiction, for that matter) --- someone who would have been at risk of drinking alcoholic beverages that they might store or keep in their own home --- would NOT qualify for membership in my own Progressive Prohibitionist Religion.

Since my "Honor Society" religion permanently excludes alcoholics and recovering alcoholics from membership, there is absolutely zero risk that a member of my own religion would ever undergo a "relapse" in which he might ever actually drink alcohol ever again at any time or in any context.

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