I drink alcoholic beverages. I do not need to. But I do. I choose to. Good? Bad? I usually drink wine or beer. I never drink Gin & Tonic.
But I do not need to drink these alcoholic beverages. If I am about to drive a vehicle, I don’t.
When I carry (correct tempus, carried) a child in my belly (aka pregnant) I do not drink alcohol. When I breast feed (correct tempus, fed) I do not drink alcohol. I think it is unnecessary. I rate the taste and wished symptoms from drinking alcoholic beverages as less important to me then the possibility that I physically injure or create psychological distress to my child.
I do not have infants anymore. But still I have children. And I just realized that the mindset I had as a pregnant and breast feeding parent, is as current as it was back then. Does my current drinking behavior (nevertheless how small quantities it is) cause them distress? Do I want that?
I need to ask myself if I need to drink alcohol when they are around. If I need to drink alcoholic beverages at all.