How Much Will You Be Drinking Tonight?

Inspiration

Hello Beautiful Ones,

Today I want to take some time to write about another topic that makes me sad. You all already know that it makes me sad to know that many women in the world (perhaps you may even be one of them) are unable to see or believe that they are beautiful, no matter what they wear, how much makeup they wear (or don’t wear) and what dress size they are. But another topic that makes me sad (that ties in with the first one and also happens to be a major issue in the western world) is the excessive drinking culture, which eats up lots of our money, has terrible effects on our health and sets a bad example for young people as they get older about their mindset when it comes to alcohol.

From a quick google search, we can see that approximately 16% of people aged 14 or older consume 5 or more alcoholic drinks in the space of a week. This level of drinking significantly increases their short term risk of alcohol related injury. Now, 16% may seem quite small. After all, it’s just 16% right? But what that means is that just over 3.7 million people aged 14 and over drink 5 or more alcoholic beverages in a week. The numbers aren’t looking small anymore. And that’s a lot of underaged people drinking a lot of alcohol.

But even being presented with these facts and the knowledge of the side effects of drinking too much (Slurred speech, Drowsiness, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Headaches, Breathing difficulties, Impaired judgment, Coma, Blackouts (memory lapses, where the drinker cannot remember events that occurred while under the influence), and that’s just a short list) we still go out on Friday nights or weekends, or whenever else we decide to and continue to drink the same way we always do. Why is that?

It has become ingrained in the drinking culture for many people, that to have fun, you need to drink. If enough people believe it, then it will be all to easy to convince others that it is the only way to have a good time. If enough people believe it, then it rubs off on the younger people that we should be setting a good example for. We tell them not to drink because it’s both bad for them and illegal, but when they see the actions of people who don’t follow that advice, especially if it is coming from the people giving them the advice in the first place, they are much less likely to listen. Actions speak louder than words everyone!

Many of us save our money to buy drinks and spend much of the week looking forward to the next opportunity to go out drinking, usually a Friday night or a weekend. We focus on looking forward to it so much, that for some of us, it’s the best part of the week and everything else seems so boring and dull in comparison.

Now, before we go any further, I’m not saying that we should all stop drinking alcohol. I myself like to enjoy a drink or two occasionally. I like to appreciate the flavour of my ginseng liqueur, some nice apple cider or ale. But that’s just it, to enjoy the drink itself and not excessively.

The main issue is that we have more or less removed the enjoyment of what we are drinking and focus instead on drinking as much as we can to become as drunk as possible. It’s kind of like sitting down to a meal and eating it so quickly due to hunger that we don’t even get a chance to appreciate the flavours in the food, or the time and effort that went into the preparation. In this case, the alcohol is the food and the popular drinking culture of the desire to get pissed is the hunger.

Many people would then ask, if we don’t go out drinking, how are we meant to have any fun? I’ve just had a long week at work and I want to relax and have fun!

I want you all to think back to a time, long before you became sucked into this drinking culture. What did you do for fun? I’d be willing to bet that at least one, if not more of the following: listening to music, spending time outside and spending time with your friends, would be on your list somewhere. And in a way, the drinking culture allows for that, but the perspective is off.

Listening to music has become listening to whatever is being played in the club or other place you usually go to drink.

Going outside means walking from place to place in heels, short skirts and heaps of makeup (even in winter, how do they not freeze?)

Spending time with your friends means everyone drinking, often in a place where the music is so loud that holding a conversation becomes next to impossible.

Now, lets look at these things from a different perspective. Instead of whatever is playing at the place of choice, what about playing your favourite albums in the car or at home, or walking to places while playing music that makes you happy, not just whatever is popular at the time?

Instead of walking from place to place in clubbing outfits, why not take a walk through a park, by the beach or even just sitting or dancing (yes, I said dancing) around your backyard. Taking time to enjoy and appreciate the world around you, to see the beauty and smell the roses.

Instead of buying drink after drink without conversation, why not go out to dinner instead, where you can appreciate good food, enjoy a drink, alcoholic or not (as opposed to 2, or 3, or 5 or more) and hold interesting conversations with the people you know and love. Or invite them to your home, with you to your favourite park or place by the beach, with good company and conversation that has the potential to be both enjoyable and long lasting. Conversation in place of loud music and lots of drinking might be a scary prospect for some, but in the end, the difference it will make will be so worth it.

Instead of looking forward to a night of drinking, you’ll be able to look forward to a night spent with the people you love and being able to both give your attention to them fully and receive their attention fully. You’ll have more opportunities to learn things you never could have imagined and come to understand the people around you so much better. You’ll be in much better health because of it and you’ll become a much better example to today’s young people in regards to both your and their drinking habits.

This then opens the doors to new opportunities to enjoy some self care. Whether that be getting a massage each week, picking up a new hobby or getting more involved in the ones you already have, spending more time alone while figuring out what it is you really want (which may or may not include journalling) or by treating yourself to something which you would normally wouldn’t think you could afford when nights of drinking were taken into account (such as going away for a weekend or even perhaps a portrait session to have a gorgeous lasting record of how beautiful you are), you will end up having a bigger appreciation of the people and the world around you.

But most importantly, it’ll be easier to care about yourself. You’ll be able to better appreciate the good times and be able to cope more easily when life gets difficult.

So, how will you answer now when you hear the question, how much will you be drinking tonight?

Stay Beautiful,

Colette Duggan.

P.S. Do you agree with what I’ve said here? Kind of agree? Disagree? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment with your thoughts and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can! ūüôā

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