Alcohol Prose

Our society has an alcohol problem.

When children start drinking due to the attitudes of peers and parents that says “grown ups do this”, we have an alcohol problem. Since when is drinking the sign of being an adult? On the contrary, isn't it children, teenagers, and college “kids” who are known for drinking? Didn't most of these people start drinking to fit in, to not feel left out, or to feel grown up like mom and dad? Isn't the practice continued partially because we haven't taught people that they can meet new friends outside of a bar setting? Isn't it funny that we assume everyone drinks, and if they don't, there is something a little “different” about them?

Isn't it funny how often alcohol plays a factor in “bad” events. Men get killed or seriously injured in bar fights. Women get raped if they pass out, or go home with unknown men if they are intoxicated. People drive under the influence because they have a “social drink.” Drunk husbands beat their wives, and some people drink to help them commit suicide. Drinking is a way for many people to forget bad things, or to “relax.” If someone couldn't relax without pills, or chose not to relax without pills we'd think they had a problem. Why is alcohol so different? People miss work due to hangovers, which no one wants. An alcoholic is merely someone who keeps drinking to avoid the hangover. Sounds like a smart plan in this context, doesn't it?

When children develop fetal alcohol syndrome despite all our knowledge of how it occurs, we have an alcohol problem. Mothers are much more likely to drink alcohol if people around them are drinking. They rationalize it by saying that one drink wont hurt, even though they know otherwise. Think adults don't feel the pressure to “fit in with the crowd”? When a mother will knowingly harm her own children to fit in, society has an alcohol problem.

Why do so many dry alcoholics go back to drinking? Because we flash our “rights” in their face! Aside from fast food, where can I go to eat and not see someone drinking? Why do business conferences always include alcohol? Do we really think that there aren't people with alcohol problems among us, or are we just too focused on what we think is a natural piece of adulthood to care? What message are we sending? Isn't it that “alcohol is how adults relax, socialize, and have fun.” By using chemicals to suppress our rational thought processes (which any amount does to some extent), we have fun. Sounds more like we are hiding from something to me.

It doesn't matter if you think you have an alcohol problem. You may only drink a couple of times a year. Think it doesn't make a difference? Will the children who see you decide to drink early because you, the adult, showed it was okay? Do you know the background of every adult around you, or their reasons for drinking? Can you be absolutely sure that your drinking isn't affecting a pregnant woman's decision to drink? Do you really know that none of the women in the room are pregnant? Do you care about how you affect other people, or are you too busy focusing on yourself and your “rights”?

As a matter of fact, why are you drinking? Why did you start in the first place? Would you be honest if you saw yourself in one of the above paragraphs? If society has an alcohol problem, aren't you a part of that problem?

Do you even care? I somehow doubt it. This alcoholic society's hold on you is far greater than the influence of one measly page of text. In such a rights-focused society, you will convince yourself that it is alright to do whatever you want, as long as you yourself do not directly harm anyone. Anyone who believes that the shame of being different forces people to conform must be wrong. Even if they are not, why should you, a mere individual, worry about more than yourself. You, as a strong, independent person, are not influenced by any fear. You have never been ashamed to be different.

Why did you start drinking again?

psychochic psychochic
22-25, F
2 Responses Jul 25, 2007

Your story said what I've been thinking for years. It's so great to see people that are also free of the "fun = alcohol = fun" disease.

I really appreciate this attitude...people take drinkining far too lightly. I think that many adults who drinkdo behave quite like children and justify their behavior by saying they are just having fun, being free, living within their rights as you said. It's a socially sanctioned excuse to behave like a fool. I did differ with one point you made. You said "An alcoholic is merely someone who keeps drinking to avoid the hangover. " I am a recovering alcoholic, 6 months sober, and I'm here to tell you the obsession with alcohol is much deeper than that. I never drank every day so it couldn't have been just avoiding a hangover for me. I drank more for social reasons, I am quite shy and quiet but I open up more when I drink. I am drawn to alcohol b/c it helps me to bw more social. I'm now working on myself and trying to be more social without using alcohol as a social lubricant. Thanks for your story, you have a very good attitude towards alcohol, a truthful one.