I'm sure many of us here enjoy a drink after a hard day's whatever-it-is-you-do-for-a-living. The question is, when is it acceptable to Get On It without coming across as a prime candidate for a job as a Big Issue seller? For example, I work funny hours. So sometimes I'll crack open a nice chilly San Miguel at 14:00, but never before 12:00. 12:00 is my mental cut-off point for the sun going over the yard-arm and I've only ever really drunk before that on Stag weekends or after a very gutty job. I once asked an army doctor friend if I was an alcoholic and he asked me these questions, given that he'd spent eighteen years administering to the medical needs of squaddies: Do you get the shakes? (No) Do you wake up in the morning gagging for a drink? (No) Do you have days when you really didn't fancy a drink (Yes) His view was that a No, No, Yes to these questions in that order didn't make you a lush no matter how much you were putting away in his (pragmatic) humble. Phew. So, for me my golden rule is no booze before 12:00. Does anybody else have a different view and why? Please share your earliest time of the day drinking exploit...mine was (A) when I got married and I found myself drinking Jack Daniels in a taxi into central London at 09:00 which was strangely pleasant and (B) when I worked nights in uniform and used to go on epic apres-shift boozing sessions at 07:30 at the market pubs with all the other old bill, nurses, doctors and market porters. V!