You always wondered when you were a kid how it was possible for your parents to have the same bottle of vodka in their liquor cabinet for 20 years. You ESPECIALLY wondered about it when you were in college, when you could polish off bottles of flavored vodka and rum in a weekend. How the fuck did they amass so much booze and manage to hold onto it for so long?
In your late 20's, you get your answer when you suddenly begin to develop your own collection of alcohol. The bottle of scotch given to you by a PR rep, the Peppermint Schnapps somebody brought to your Christmas party, countless bottles of moderately-priced red wine that are given to you as easy gifts from co-workers and friends and acquaintances. Your kitchen counters are now lined with booze that you really don't want to drink.
Why aren't you drinking it? It doesn't seem that long ago that you would have been on that situation with a silly straw. Well, part of it is just common sense. Most people aren't often confronted with the occasion to drink Peppermint Schnapps or any other sickly sweet liqueur. But the wine and the vodka, that you should be able to do something with, right? Sure—but you don't. Why?