Most of American greets the first of the year as a time to cleanse the body, start that exercise program, or kick out vice. Here in New Orleans, vice is just getting started. Carnival season began January 6 and ends February 21, after which some of us will make the odd gesture of abstention. Till then, it offers as good a reason as any to knock back a few. But if you don’t live in a place where the year is divided into feasting and fasting (ok, mostly feasting), and you’re cold, grumpy and in need of a drink, here are a few reasons for a tipple or two.