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Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky Targets 450,000 KM of Safe Drives Home Worldwide during the Holidays

McLaren Honda Test Driver Stoffel Vandoorne, Johnnie Walker(R) Global Responsible Drinking Ambassador Mika Häkkinen pictured with his Caparo T1 supercar and the lesser-seen McLaren 570S supercar, alongside fellow F1 World Champions and McLaren Honda drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at London's Westminster Parliament buildings. (PRNewsFoto/Johnnie Walker)

Formula 1 stars Mika Hakkinen, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso, takes the initiative to launch the Johnnie Walker Scotch Whisky’s call for global responsible drinking.

This holiday season, what do you think is the best gift you could wish or give to a friend? Well, a safe ride home will be one of the best choices.

With the holiday season starting to bloom, hanging out with friends and relatives becomes a constant scenario. Thus, Johnnie Walker, which is the world’s number one Scotch whisky aims to encourage people to pledge to never drink and drive in order to make sure that they get home safely.

As a start of this holiday festive regarding responsible drinking campaign, a 450,000 KM of safe drive towards home around the world is promise by the world’s leading Scotch whisky, Johnnie Walker. It includes the cities of Madrid, Sao Paulo and Edinburgh.

McLaren Honda Test Driver Stoffel Vandoorne, Johnnie Walker(R) Global Responsible Drinking Ambassador Mika Häkkinen pictured with his Caparo T1 supercar and the lesser-seen McLaren 570S supercar, alongside fellow F1 World Champions and McLaren Honda drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at London's Westminster Parliament buildings. (PRNewsFoto/Johnnie Walker)

McLaren Honda Test Driver Stoffel Vandoorne, Johnnie Walker(R) Global Responsible Drinking Ambassador Mika Häkkinen pictured with his Caparo T1 supercar and the lesser-seen McLaren 570S supercar, alongside fellow F1 World Champions and McLaren Honda drivers Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at London’s Westminster Parliament buildings. (PRNewsFoto/Johnnie Walker)

To those who are interested and would want to participate in responsible drinking towards a safe drive home they need to make a commitment by signing through “Join the Pact “. This year some people will have the opportunity to move forward and experience the season of giving. This is through nominating a friend for a safe ride home and this will start in London.

In order to encourage more people to participate in the campaign, three formula 1 worlds champions like, Mika Hakkinen, Fernando Alonso and McLaren Honda’s Jenson Button has gone behind the wheels together with McLaren Honda Test Driver Stoffel Vandoorne at a “Driving Spectacular” at London’s Wembley Park.

These personalities has got behind the wheels in order to support the “never drink and drive” campaign. Along with sending such message is the promotion of the new Join the Pact film which is joined by Mika Hakkinen, which is the Johnnie walker Global Responsible Drinking Ambassador.

Also present in the event was the Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director, Guy Escolme which said that they are delighted with the Formula 1 champions, Mike, Fernando, Stoffel and Jenson for participating in the event.

Formula 1 is considered as the most progressive and exciting sports in the world and is proven to be repeatedly. The good thing about this sport is that when you put a lot of passion, commitment as well as your love for this circuit you will surely come a long way.

Over 400 million people are a fan of the formula 1 race all over the world, thus, for almost 10 years; we are reaching a lot of audience with our responsible drinking call. This has been possible through our partnership with McLaren Honda. More and more people are now considering the “Join the Pact” to never drink and drive campaign.

During the event, Mika Hakkinen said that the holiday season is a time where friends and families celebrate the season and share gifts. This is a perfect time to throw parties and reunions. Thus we want to encourage those people who are planning to drink alcohol in the party to never bring their cars with them.

Hakkinen also said, “I strongly urge everyone to Join The Pact to never drink and drive. Some of those who make the commitment this year will be able to thank their friends with the gift of a safe ride home, thanks to a partnership between Johnnie Walker and UBER in the UK and other transport partners across the world.”

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The Etiquette for Drinkers

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Parks and Recreation’s fictional character, Ron Swanson, is a whisky drinking champion. He’s the type of man who understand the importance of a good scotch and the solitude that one can feel when drinking sweet, fiery nectar even when you’re alone.

The Drinking Etiquette

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Nick Offerman Enjoying Fine Whiskey By The Fire. Image credits to

We can learn a lot about drinking etiquette from Nick Offerman’s 45-minute video on the finer things you enjoy with whiskey. This includes being able to sit quietly, be comfortable, and just let time pass by; all of us could learn something from that. Ron Swanson, his alter ego, also gives some great lessons on drinking which we can benefit from hearing — but in this case, reading.

  • When you are having your alone time and you’re enjoying a fine drink, like scotch, it is absolutely necessary to remove all unwanted distractions. Note that you don’t have to destroy your phone. All you need to do is to turn it off or put it on silent mode… or place it far from you, preferably out of earshot.
  • Be content with spending time alone with no one but yourself. We all need sometime alone every now and then; what is more enjoyable than having a scotch in hand in the solitude of your favorite “hiding place”.
  • Stick to your budget. When drinking liquor, stick to the brand that suits your budget so you won’t have money problems later on.
  • There are no rule books. Thus, there is no incorrect way of consuming alcohol. You can drink it from a glass, a jar, a bottle, or a can; whichever you are comfortable drinking from. Live the dream!
  • There are limitations, however. You don’t need to act all fancy, inhaling alcohol in some way. Alcohol is meant to be drunk, not smelled!
  • Thank yourself for doing something good and show yourself some love. Remember, you deserve this.
  • As soon as you have drunk a certain amount of alcohol, you might feel like you want to start dancing to the beat of any music. Go for it! Dance like nobody’s watching!
  • If you’ve reach a certain point, you might want to call it a night! Can’t seem to recognize the song playing? Wearing something that isn’t yours? It might be time for you to go bed.
  • Be aware about your alcohol consumption. Count the bottles or glasses you’ve drank.
  • Don’t waste your time on regrets!

Pour yourself a fine drink! Enjoy the solitude of your own company!

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Four Ways to Sound Smart When You Talk About Whiskey

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If you want to impress your friends, but you’ve run out of other people’s jokes and have neither an accent nor a cool car, don’t give up hope! Whiskey might be your answer. If you sound smart when you talk about whiskey, you’ll be able to make friends, lovers, and probably get a cool career doing something you love. Whiskey is basically the answer to all your problems. Follow the list below to sound smart when you talk about whiskey.

Do Your Research

Before you start throwing around terms like rocks and straight, you better know what you’re talking about. First, you should study up on the many types of whiskey. First of all, you should know that whiskey and whisky are two different things. Don’t go parading around in your I-love-Whiskey shirt before you know what you’re talking about.

  • Scotch Whisky– Scotch is produced in Scotland and Scotland only. So if you are looking for single-malt or blended-malt Scotch, know that you are going to be buying a product from Scotland. The single-malt Scotches are sometimes considered the best because they are made at one distillery, while blended Scotch is made from a blend of Scotch whisky from various distilleries. Try out a few of these so you can know which you like best. Some brands to look for are Johnnie Walker, Glenlivet, Dewar’s, and William Grant’s.
  • American Whiskey– These are created in, you guessed it, America. But just because these are made in America doesn’t mean you know everything about them. Each different type of whiskey has its own distinct flavors. If, for example, you want something a little spicy, you can drink rye whiskey. Ordering rye whiskey will make you look cool because it’s historical. So when you drink rye, you’re basically conversing with Abe Lincoln or something. Rye whiskey is aged in oak barrels, but what’s more important is that it tastes delicious. Tennessee whiskey is another type of American whiskey but it is filtered through the coals of maple before it gets aged. So whenever you order things like Jack Daniel’s, you are ordering Tennessee whiskey or bourbon whiskey. Bourbon is basically your standard American whiskey. All you need to know is that when you drink whiskey, you’ll look awesome.
Whiskey Splash

Whiskey Splash
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Learn Your Terms

Don’t go into a bar depending whiskey mixed with skittles or something. Drink it like a true gentleman: neat.

  • Order it Neat– Whiskey “neat” will be poured at room temperature with no ice. This is pretty serious. Once you order whiskey neat, you’ve graduated. You’ve thrown out your little boy shoes and you’ve stepped into your professional man shoes. Or, if you’re a female, you’ve thrown out your little girl shoes and stepped into your professional woman shoes. Anyone can drink whiskey neat, you just have to be careful. This isn’t like pounding a PBR. This is sophisticated. This involves tie clips and suit jackets and pencil skirts.  This is the top dog of drinking. Once your order your whiskey, don’t look scared. Breathe regularly. It’s going to be okay. Just start by taking tiny baby sips. When you drink whiskey neat, you are able to get the full flavor profile of the whiskey and, like I said, you’ll look really cool.
  • Order it On the Rocks– Whiskey “on the rocks” is whiskey with ice. This is for those whiskey drinkers that want to dilute their whiskey a little bit. Or, if you like really cold things, whiskey on the rocks is for you. No one is going to make fun of you for drinking whiskey on the rocks. At least I hope not. It’s normal! You’re normal. Don’t worry—eventually you’ll be able to sit at the big boy table with the rest of us and drink whiskey straight. Just kidding. Whiskey on the rocks can actually help you taste different flavors, so you can switch between on the rocks and neat to get a different sense of the flavor profiles in each drink.
  • Manhattan– This is one classic cocktail. If you want to drink whiskey, but don’t want to pucker your lips like a fool, you can order this drink. Most Manhattans are made with rye whiskey, sweet vermouth, bitters, and a cherry garnish. If you are nervous to ask for it at a bar, find the nearest old man and take him home—he probably knows how to make it better than any one!

It doesn’t really matter how you choose to drink whiskey—it only matters that you’re drinking it. So whether you want it in a mixed drink, neat, or on the rocks, you can still enjoy yourself while looking grown up.

Think About Age

If you want to sound really smart, you’ll start talking about the age of whiskey. According to the Guinness World Records, the oldest whiskey was bottled between 1851 and 1858 by the Glenavon Distillery. But age isn’t the only thing that matters; sometimes, price matters. If you’re rich, you might as well let people know.

Macallan has a bottle of whisky from 1947 that costs around six thousand dollars. If you care about the age of your whisky, you might want to invest in some older bottles. But what if you’re not rich? You can still pretend like you are. If you order some regular American whiskey, say, Jack Daniel’s, you can just tell all your friends that it’s from a really rare bottle of whisky from the 30’s and no, they cannot try it. It’s all yours!

Vintage Whiskey

Vintage Whiskey
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Drink Out of The Right Glass

Let’s face it. There are many different types of whiskey glasses to choose from. You better figure out which one’s right for you before you go hopping around the bar.

  • The Glencairn Glass– These glasses are beautiful. Not only will they help you enjoy the aroma of your Scotch, they will look awesome on your counter. This is a great glass to choose if you want to impress your friends.
Glencairn Glass

Glencairn Glass.
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  • The Tumbler Glass– Tumblers are classic. These are great for mixed drinks, but they can also be used to drink whiskey neat. If you want to drink whiskey, but aren’t feeling very adventurous, the tumbler is the way to go.
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Tumbler Glass.
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  • The Neat Glass– the Neat glass is pretty fancy. It looks like a bowl. This is like the epitome of all fancy whiskey glasses. It’s on par with your mom’s wine and cheese parties. No, it surpasses those parties. It’s way cooler than those parties. The Neat glass is used for sampling, so if you have a large selection of rare or old whiskeys, this is a great glass to choose because it is designed to help you smell and taste all of the aromas and flavors that are packed into your whiskey.
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Neat Glass.
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  • Copita Nosing Glass– This glass is similar to the Neat glass because it is designed for smelling. This is for the true whiskey connoisseur. It almost looks like a wine glass, but it comes in a leather gift box, so it’s much cooler than a wine glass.
Copita Nosing Glass

Copita Nosing Glass.
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Drinking whiskey can be fun, but don’t let your lack of knowledge get in the way. Experiment with different blends, ages, and bottles so that you can find your favorite whiskey. Or, if you want to have a whiskey party, you can invite a people to bring their own bottles over for a tasting party. That way, you can have all the fun with only a little of the price. The most important thing to remember is to stay cool. If you’re at a bar ordering whiskey and your friend asks you a whiskey-related question that you don’t know, just pretend like you didn’t hear him. Hopefully the bartender can whisper the answer in your ear before your friend notices.

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Five of the Best Reasons to Drink more Whiskey


Most people don’t need many reasons to drink more whiskey. That being said, there are a few reasons why you should consider adding this alcoholic beverage to your life on a regular basis.

Sure, whiskey tastes great. And yes, it can be a thrill to purchase a high quality bottle at your local liquor store. But are you aware of the many other reasons why you should drink more whiskey?

Here are five to consider:

1. Good for your health, so your body will thank you in the long run. Past studies have shown that drinking whiskey can help fight against the risk of cancer. Along with this, with no fat and low carbohydrates you never have to worry about packing on the pounds as you have your favorite drink.

2. People will think you are “high class.” There is a big difference between drinking whiskey and a cheap beer. Does this mean you should change your style just because you want to look like you are high class? Well, this is up to you. The good thing is this: once you know how to drink whiskey you will know how to fit in with others who are doing the same. Who knows what this could do for your social life!

Drinking Whiskey Is Cool

Drinking Whiskey Is Cool
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3. A closed bottle of whiskey lasts pretty much forever. Did you know a closed bottle of will be good for 100 years? In other words, if you buy a bottle today and don’t decide to open it you don’t have anything to worry about. You are not wasting your money. You can crack it open in 50 years and enjoy at that time – all the while knowing that the flavor is going to be perfect.

4. It will make you feel “more American.” Americans have been drinking whiskey for hundreds of years. Is there any better reason to add this beverage to your daily routine?

5. There are tons of cool sayings about whiskey. Here is one of the best, courtesy of Mark Twain:

“Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough.”

There are not too many people who are going to disagree with Mr. Twain.

Five Reasons to Drink more Whiskey

Five Reasons to Drink more Whiskey
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At this point, you should be able to see that drinking more whiskey would be in your best interest. Stop thinking and start drinking. You will be glad that you did!

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Fourteen Things That Can Be Improved With Whiskey

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We all know how annoying it can be to spend a few hours with your significant other’s family, play mini golf with your cousin, or sit through a lecture about proper comma use. But what if you could do something in less than five minutes that would significantly improve your experience? What, you ask, might that be? Why, whiskey, of course! Whiskey has proven to improve the following activities.


For centuries, writers have been using whiskey to produce some of the most thought-provoking work. Dylan Thomas, a poet from Wales, was known to imbibe eighteen whiskeys in a row. Now, I can’t promise that drinking whiskey will help you write your next masterpiece—but let’s just remember that it might help you “rage against the dying of the light,” which is necessary if you are trying to make it as a writer.

Writing and Whiskey

Writing and Whiskey
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Dinner with Your Significant Other’s Family

Look, just trust me. Dinner with your significant other’s family is always weird. In between an old lady asking you about your heritage and a 13-year-old boy trying to kiss you, you can relax by bringing along the whiskey. There are many benefits to bringing whiskey to your significant other’s family dinner: you can actually laugh at her father’s jokes, you can make friends with the bartender (and maybe get free drinks later on), you can pretend not to absolutely hate your life, you can quietly think of awesome ways to escape without being noticed.


I don’t condone drinking and studying, but let’s be serious…I do condone it. If you have to sit through another lecture about how to use your local library, how to plant a community garden, or why you should invest in gold overseas, it might be a good idea to drink whiskey. Once you’ve thoroughly downed enough whiskey to sit still, you might be able to learn something. For example, did you know that 72% of Americans have library cards? Now, if you drank whiskey, you would have known that I made that statistic up.


The next time someone invites you to the latest Woody Allen or Coen Brothers film, do yourself the biggest favor of your life and drink whiskey before you leave the house. Once you reach the movies, you’ll be warm and toasty and ready for a nap. And, if you drink enough whiskey, you might even be able to sleep through the whole movie like my mom did during “Toy Story.” It’ll be worth it in the end. Plus, your friends will talk about the movie enough that you won’t miss a thing.


Don’t take my word for it. Just try it. But don’t get caught and don’t blame me! You’re on your own, kid. But really, depending on the type of job you have, whiskey might not be able to improve anything. You should still try, though; it’s worth a shot.

First Dates

After scouring Match, Chemistry, or eHarmony, it’s time to go on that first date. Your game plan should be as follows: pick out an outfit, but don’t make it too sexy because you don’t want to give off the wrong impression. Pick out simple jewelry, but don’t overdo it because you don’t want him to think you’re rich. Then put on a pair of flats if you’re tall and heels if you’re short. Once that’s done, throw on some makeup, but, before you leave the house, make sure you take a sip of some whiskey.

Once you get the bar/club/5-star restaurant, you will be drunk enough to look like you’re having a good time. And, if you drink enough, you might actually have a good time, although nothing is a guarantee, especially on a first date. Whiskey, in addition to helping you have fun, can also help you find Mr. or Ms. Right. Once your partner-to-be sees how freaking awesome you are, and once you pull out your fresh bottle of whiskey, the rest will be history.

Last Dates

Sometimes, it’s just over. And if you know it’s over, you might as well bring the whiskey along. Don’t worry about the rest; I’ve got it covered. The first thing you need to do is prepare a little speech. Not the whole “It’s not you” thing because, let’s face it, it probably is their fault. So try something subtler. You might want to start with something like “I’ve been thinking about moving.” From there, you can make up the rest. Depending on where you live, you can either outright lie (i.e. “I’m moving to Alaska! I got a job!), or you can say a less serious lie: (My parent’s are moving and I’m going with them), then, when you get caught, you can be like “Oh, well, they decided not to move. So here I am!”

Your next step is to pull out the whiskey. Immediately, pour yourself a glass and drink it quickly. Pour your soon-to-be-ex-significant-other a glass of whiskey as well. Once they’ve finished their glass, pour them another one. Watch them cry. Check the time. If it’s not too late, you can pour them another glass and sit there while they either yell at you or cry. If they yell at you, you can speed things up by looking at your phone, exclaiming that your grandmother’s ill and you must go, and then leave. But if they’re crying, just be nice. Let them cry. That’s all one option.

The other option is to be honest. Obviously, you’ll definitely need the whiskey. So if you want to be honest, drink at least two whiskey drinks before you begin, and then go ahead, tell them the truth. After, you might just be drunk enough that you don’t really care about the repercussions.

Whiskey at the Last Date

Whiskey at the Last Date
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If your friend has been begging you to go with her to a new meditation circle and you’ve been dreading it, you now have a chance to kill two birds with one stone. If you drink whiskey before you meditate, you can be sure that your meditation session will be stellar. While your friend is tripping out about the blue aura that she felt, you can groove on a more physical kind of drunk—the real kind, the manly kind, and the kind that will bring your meditation to a new level. And why stop there? With whiskey, you can improve other spiritual activities like yoga, Rolfing, reiki, and even acupuncture.


You know how they say that college is the best time of your life? They only say that because of whiskey. Whiskey has long been known as the elixir of life to the elite college-goers. Don’t waste your time drinking vodka, beer, or jungle juice; do the right thing and impress your peers. All facets of college can be improved with whiskey—from classes and dance parties to school projects and meetings with your advisor, you can make any day extraordinary with whiskey.


No one really talks about how much Tuesdays suck. But, usually, they suck, and the only way to remedy their suckiness is through whiskey. Whiskey can turn a boring sit-at-home-and-watch-movies Tuesday into the best Tuesday of your life. Think about it. You’re sitting at home watching Lifetime. Your mom calls to ask how you’re doing, you say you’re fine and then you hang up. You’re bored. I know it.

Now think about it. You’re sitting there watching Lifetime movies. You pour yourself a shot of whiskey. Just then, a group of ninjas come into your house looking for stolen gold. You fend them off, but end up losing a hand in the process. You open the bottle of whiskey with your still-attached hand and numb the pain of your lost hand. Then you sit back down and the phone rings. It’s your mom calling to ask how you’re doing.

You say you’re fine and you hang up. Right after you hang up, your friend busts down your door and explains that he is running from the cops. You jump up, grab your friend, swing your 300-foot rope to the next apartment, and you pulley yourselves to freedom George-of-the-jungle style. Look at that. Tuesday is no longer a regular Tuesday. When you go to work the next day, just tell everyone that your hand was eaten by a shark; it’ll be more believable.   Just open the bottle of whiskey and see what I mean. Go on, do it!

A Cold

No matter what you’re doing when you have a cold, you can improve it by drinking whiskey. Whether you’re watching your fifth Netflix documentary in a row, typing up a term paper, or trying to fall asleep, whiskey is basically your best friend. A great way to drink whiskey when you have a cold is to mix it with hot water, honey, and lemon. This can help you feel better in no time. Come to think of it, even when you don’t have a cold, you can still tell people that you have a cold so you can sit at home and drink.

Cold and Whiskey

Cold and Whiskey
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The Dentist

Whether you’re going in for your first cavity or your twelfth root canal, you need some help. Sip on some whiskey before you go so that you don’t have to live with all that pain. Whiskey is also great right after the dentist. Don’t even try to eat that burger and fries, stick to the whiskey and numb your mouth.

Your Friend’s Dance Recital/Play/Poetry Reading

If you’re a whiskey drinker, you probably like to support your friends. Well, that’s kind of presumptuous. I hope that you like to support your friends, but I know how boring it can be. After begrudgingly going to your friend’s play and suffering through it, you will win multiple brownie points. But next time you go to a play, bring a flask of whiskey. It’ll be fun—you can play a drinking game: every time someone messes up his or her lines, you have to take a shot. After about five minutes, you’ll be good and drunk.

Your Boring Life

I know you love video games, spending time with your cat, and dreaming about Anna Kournikova, but there are better ways to spend your time. The moment that you purchase whiskey, it will seem as though an angel has come down from the sky and deemed you The Coolest Person On Earth. Within mere seconds, flocks of women and men alike will run to your side—each wanting to audition to become the Best Friend of The Coolest Person On Earth. Alas, you can only pick one best friend, so choose the one who is drinking the best whiskey: they know what they’re doing. Not only will you have more friends, but you will immediately be better dressed, your hair will be sleek and shiny, and you will have some type of accent. From there, everything else in your life will improve. Remember that book by Dr. Seuss The Places You’ll Go? He was talking about you, you sexy whiskey drinker. And trust me, the places you’ll go are paved with luxury.

The moral of the story is that just about anything that you’re doing can be improved by drinking whiskey.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Hate Whiskey

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So, you don’t like whiskey? Man, would I hate to be you. But seriously, you probably have some pretty good reasons for feeling this way. You are probably the type that would rather sit around and chug back a 30 pack with the guys as opposed to actually having real fun.

Here are three reasons why you should hate whiskey (you are probably already familiar with all of these):

1. You hate everything. Fast cars. Don’t care for them. Big houses. You’d rather live in a shack. Pretty girls. Who needs them?

If you hate everything in your life, as well as everything going on around you, it is safe to assume that whiskey makes your list. Who needs to enjoy their life when it is so easy to frown upon everything?

2. You have no class. Let’s get back to that case of beer that you are chugging with all the “guy friends” in your life. If you like to sit around, play video games, and slob about in your gym shorts, you are on the right track. Keep it up!

On the other hand, if you want to bring just a little bit of class to your life, put down that Keystone Light and step up to a real man’s drink. With a little bit of whiskey this weekend you may find yourself classing up your life – even if only a little bit.

3. You never want a girlfriend. What good is a girlfriend when you have all those guys in your life who enjoy drinking beer with you on the weekends? If you want to get a girl, show some class. You cannot expect this to happen on its own. You need to clean yourself up, get out of your house, and act like an adult. Who do you think a girl would rather date: a guy who spends all his time at home, drinking beer with his friends? Or a guy who enjoys a night on the town, drinking whiskey and showing her a good time? The answer is pretty easy.

Whiskey - meet the girls

Whiskey – meet the girls
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You can continue with your life the way it is, hating everything, including whiskey, but never making any real progress. Or you can make a change, eventually looking back and wondering why you were wasting your time.

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