It is with great appreciation that I read the excellent article in Tuesday’s (May 22) paper celebrating a social event for persons in recovery, including heartwarming pictures of participating supportive government and community leaders.

It would be a wonderful thing for such events to grow and to meet on a regular basis. More power to participants and supporters, and publicity opportunities!

This is in contrast with regular drinking gatherings called wine shares (introduced to Kerrville by a former city councilman, now deceased) which encourages participants to bring bottles to share (I call them “drink and drive events.”) In a culture where drinking alcohol has become the new normal at most social and fundraising events, and local police reports show increasing DWI and pedestrian alcohol and drug offenses, this was a refreshing and informative article.

Do you remember the days when “coffees” and “teas” were the common social gatherings, and wine drinking especially was not pushed or glamorized?

Incidentally, one of the health newsletters to which we subscribe said that for women, two 6-ounce portions of wine is borderline intoxication, and for men three such drinks produce the same effects.

David Tritenbach, Kerrville

 

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Mary Lou Shelton

I bet if they sold beer at city council meetings, we could get much higher attendance and probably better ideas. Not to even mention the revenue raising. Gene

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