Everyone I know, like literally everyone I know is crazy about getting drunk. I don’t get it. Many of them don’t get me. They think I’m weird. But I think it is weird that others do not understand my disinterest (hatred almost) for substances that get you drunk and/or high.
Most people I know are “dependent” on alcohol. They can not even think of having a “fun time” without it. Frankly, it makes me feel disgusted. You really do not see a problem on being so deeply dependent on a harmful substance? Really? When near and dear ones get drunk too often or drink on a regular basis, I genuinely feel very concerned. However, there’s pretty much nothing I can do. My words won’t make a difference. Such people always use rationalization as a defense mechanism to explain their dependance on alcohol. They say stuff like “I don’t drink a lot”, “I only drink on weekends”, “I try to eat healthy so my drinking doesn’t cause any harm to me”, “it’s just beer!”.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying no one should consume even a single drop of alcohol ever. That’s impossible. I don’t really have an issue with people who tend to drink occasionally and know their limits; people who can’t survive without it; and people who are capable of having a good time without alcohol. The only thing that bothers me is the substance dependence . And guess what, it does harm your body.
Being a Psych major student, we learned about the effects of alcohol and other substances on the brain in a lot of details. I come from a family where all males are very fond of drinking. I’ve seen a lot drink behavior in my home right from childhood. I’ve read many studies on the negative impact of alcohol consumption on the body. The liver, the heart, etc etc. Most importantly why do people totally ignore the fact that IT IS AN ADDICTIVE substance? I cannot stress this enough!
I’ve never really been interested in getting high or drunk. I have tried a lot of alcoholic beverages because of my dad. He made me taste stuff. But I never got the craze to get drunk. Never. If you think about it, everyone starts drinking as a result of social / peer pressure. Think about it. When you were a teenager, you did not just randomly think one day that “I want to drink alcohol and get sloshed”. No. I think in almost all cases you had your first drink with your friends, when they passed on a can / bottle / mug to you and told you to give it a try. You might’ve not even liked it at first. But you did it anyway because all your friends were. Eventually you got so dependent on it that if a party has no alcohol you get bummed out. Bam! You are dependent, dear sir. Yes you are.
Okay I agree when you word hard all week, drinking on weekends is “necessary” for you or whatever. But I know people who don’t think drinking 2-3 cans of beer daily and then binge drinking on weekends is bad for them. Damn son. Alcohol runs in your veins instead of blood.
It is not just about getting drunk, I have always had a negative attitude towards needing any “substance” to have fun or escape reality. The fact is, most of these substances are harmful to your body and cause addiction. Overindulgence will cause addiction and harm on your body. These are facts. The weird part is, we all know these facts. However, some of us totally block these out of our knowledge.
All that being said, yes I personally do not drink. I never feel the need to get high/stoned/drunk/hammered/sloshed or whatever. I never WANT to feel the need too. I have a lot of fun without it. I like to experience life in full consiousness. I’m in the prime of my youth. I want to maintain a healthy lifestyle, avoid anything unhealthy as much as I can, I want to respect and take care of my body. My future well being depends on how I treat myself now. ..And I genuinely worry about my family members and close dear friends who are on the brink of becoming alcoholics. I really wish I could do something to see the problem with thei alcohol dependency :(
PS. Do post a comment below if you agree with me on any level. I’d love to know that I’m not the only one who never feels the need to get drunk.