You Are What You Drink, You Damn Alcoholic!

Published on: September 24, 2014

Filled Under: Right To Culture

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We are a generation and perhaps even a culture focused on getting turnt up. The evidence is everywhere; rap songs telling us to drink Dom Perignon, pictures on Instagram of us taking shots at the casino, or maybe a planned weekend outing to the wineries. Partying is something that anyone can do. It’s also something that every ethnicity, gender, political party and religion seems to partake in. It’s a social norm for us; it actually seems kind of weird when we hear someone doesn’t like to drink.

I, of course, am not immune to this fever. I will admit I like drinking; it’s fun, sometimes even relaxing. Along with many of the people I know, I have been drinking since about junior year in high school. It’s an activity that I prefer to enjoy recreationally, about once a week. Of course, that one day I do decide to go out and party I can get pretty wild. Can that be constituted as bad? Well if it is, it makes me feel a little less guilty when I notice that everyone around me gets drunk at least twice a week. So this got the wheels in my head turning; are we always going to be like this? Are all of our weekend plans going to be established on the premise that we must get fucked up? Are we going to be sixty-three going out for drinks?

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I, of course, am not immune to this fever. I will admit I like drinking; it’s fun, sometimes even relaxing. Along with many of the people I know, I have been drinking since about junior year in high school. It’s an activity that I prefer to enjoy recreationally, about once a week. Of course, that one day I do decide to go out and party I can get pretty wild. Can that be constituted as bad? Well if it is, it makes me feel a little less guilty when I notice that everyone around me gets drunk at least twice a week. So this got the wheels in my head turning; are we always going to be like this? Are all of our weekend plans going to be established on the premise that we must get fucked up? Are we going to be sixty-three going out for drinks?

These are relevant questions, but I think this is the one of most importance: What does it mean if we are perpetually partying? Will we potentially miss out on life-changing events going on in the world? Will we have anything of substance to discuss anymore? Will our health decline at a quicker pace than generations that haven’t placed a greater emphasis on going out? Being more interested in partying might make us forget about the reality of the world around us. That is, most people’s problems aren’t deciding what bar to hop to, but rather whether or not they’ll be able to get an education, or perhaps the next time they’re going to get bombed again by rebel forces. When we are frequently intoxicated or concerned about getting intoxicated, we are becoming a more docile society; deaf and blind to things that we should care about more.

Once in a while, having drunk nights wandering the streets with our friends can be liberating. But if the only thing we keep doing when we go out is twerking and taking body shots, aren’t we missing out on possible inspirational or thought-provoking conversations that we would be more likely to remember if we were sober? Being buzzed while philosophizing on theology is awesome, but being so drunk to the point where we keep making the same point in the same way over and over again, is not.

Health wise, all I can say is I do feel some remorse for our livers. I believe that the feeling of being young and invincible has infiltrated our minds to the point where we don’t really care how often we drink, or quite understand the overwhelming quantities we consume at a time. It’s called binge-drinking, and I don’t think it’s the healthiest thing we are doing to our bodies as a generation. Generally, it’s advised for men to have three to four drinks, and women only about two to three per week. We all know how much we indulge ourselves when go out, and I would be lying if I said I only have three drinks in a night. We are creatures designed to naturally think in the short term, whereas we tend to forget that our habits now create consequences on our health in the future. If we continue to party like we’re 21, how do you think our bodies will thank us when we’re 51?

Look, I don’t want this to be a hard slap on the hand. I’m not trying to change your habits or your ideologies. But raising awareness about what kind of culture we live in helps to raise questions we should be asking ourselves concerning the activities that consume a majority of our lives. But please, don’t stop partying. Keep getting crazy; it helps indulge the wild child in us. Just don’t drink so many spirits to the point where you start losing your own. Your nights out aren’t the only way to define who you are.

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