The HWC recognizes that the consumption of alcoholic beverages in large quantities or too often can have lasting negative effects on our health, family life, work performance and overall well-being. Alcohol places high demands on the liver, and over-consumption can result in cirrhosis. There is also evidence which links high rates of consumption to heart disease. Additionally, the misuse of alcohol can have disastrous results when mixed with driving or operating machinery, and alcohol abuse can tear apart families and reduce work performance. Yet with all of this, responsible, moderate consumption can lower the risk of heart attack, reduce stress, serve as a social hub, and enrich our lives with its variety of flavors and aromas.
1. The HWC endorses the Quality, Not Quantity policy, which advocates for moderated consumption of premium, well matured spirits (which call for slow, careful appreciation) as opposed to cheap, low quality drinks (which have to be downed as quickly as possible in order to avoid tasting their off notes).
2. The HWC educates members on the recommended number of units of alcohol adults may safely consume per day (4), emphasizing off days, physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. The HWC teaches members how to read bottle labels to determine Alcohol By Volume (ABV%) and determine how much of a spirit constitutes one unit. We discuss appropriate rates of consumption (1 unit per hour) and the importance of hydration.
3. The HWC facilitates alcohol mentorship, encouraging new consumers to learn about moderate, paced consumption from experienced connoisseurs who exemplify appropriate, healthy drinking practices, and conduct themselves as ladies and gentlemen while enjoying alcoholic beverages.
4. The HWC ensures a positive social environment for learning about the: history, production methods and nosing & tasting of fine spirits, and is a safe, healthy and (somewhat) classy alternative to partying in the "ville."
5. The HWC emphasizes the safety of its members and our community by insisting that all participants clearly and seriously state their plan for getting home after tasting events -before they can be served. This plan is then strictly enforced without exception.
6. No person under the age of 21 is served, EVER.
7. The On-Off Post Taxi number is: 0503-353-3002
"If you mean whiskey, the devil's brew, the poison scourge, the bloody monster that defiles innocence, dethrones reason, destroys the home, creates misery and poverty, yea, literally takes the bread from the mouths of little children; if you mean that evil drink that topples Christian men and women from the pinnacles of righteous and gracious living into the bottomless pits of degradation, shame, despair, helplessness, and hopelessness, then, my friend, I am opposed to it with every fiber of my being.
However, if by whiskey you mean the oil of conversation, the philosophic wine, the elixir of life, the ale that is consumed when good fellows get together, that puts a song in their hearts and the warm glow of contentment in their eyes; if you mean Christmas cheer, the stimulating sip that puts a little spring in the step of an elderly gentleman on a frosty morning; if you mean that drink that enables man to magnify his joy, and to forget life's great tragedies and heartbreaks and sorrow; if you mean that drink the sale of which pours into our treasuries untold millions of dollars each year, that provides tender care for our little crippled children, our blind, our deaf, our dumb, our pitifully aged and infirm, to build the finest highways, hospitals, universities, and community colleges in this nation, then my friend, I am absolutely, unequivocally in favor of it. This is my position, and as always, I refuse to be compromised on matters of principle. -[Address to the state legislature]by Rep. Noah S. Sweat Jr., Mississippi state senator, 1958, "Whiskey Speech"