‘Before it starts…’
Ah Chew came home after a tiring day at work, plopped
down on the couch in front of the television, and told his wife,
“Get me a beer before it starts.”
The wife sighed and got him a bottle of beer. Fifteen minutes
later, he said, “Get me another beer before it starts.”
The wife looked cross, but got another beer and slammed it
down next to him.
Ah Chew finished that beer and a few minutes later said, “Quick, get me another beer, it’s going to start any minute.”
The wife was furious and she yelled at him, “Is that all you’re going to do tonight … drinking beer and sitting in front of the TV? You’re nothing but a lazy, drunken, good-for-nothing fella …!”
The husband sighed and said, “It’s started …”
Drinking is no solution to one’s troubles at work or at home. How much suffering has come about through the drinking problem? When one gets intoxicated with alcohol or drugs, one's mind is 'cloudy', confused and deluded. This will cause suffering to oneself and others. Refraining from intoxicants is wise action .... before one suffers from drug or alcoholic addiction.