A party isn’t a party without refreshments, and while this particular page may be all about alcohol, It is important to always remember that alcohol is not for everyone. There are plenty of people who choose not to drink for a host of reasons, some religious or health related or the even more damaging of having witnessed a relative or friend destroy their lives because of alcohol. I have some recovering alcoholics in my family, and the pressure to drink is constantly present
It is not easy to give up alcohol — without turning into a pariah. Alcohol is the the ultimate social lubricant, it loosens tongues, lighten moods and reduces fear and anxiety. It is also a great equalizer. If friends are at a bar or at someones home and all are drinking, they are on the same page and are n equal footing.
While I do not think any of use can honestly say that we have never had too much to drink, it is not a good idea who spend the whole of your weekend in a drunken haze. Alcohol abuse has consequences. One of my closest friends from high school is a serious abuser of liquor and has swiss cheese for a brain. It may sound funny to you, but alcohol must be respected. Respect for alcohol leads to its enjoyment rather than its pitfalls.
Reasons to not abuse alcohol:
1. Affects on your mind.
Alcohol is a powerful mood altering drug. In large doses it is a depressant, and if you are not at an appropriate age to understand that, it can be dangerous. Getting drunk can result in blackouts, memory loss. feelings of depression and waking up not knowing where you are or where your pants may be.
2. Decision making.
First of all, the decision to get drunk outside of a safe environment like someone’s home is a pretty stupid idea. Getting drunk causes people to forget: forgetting how to stay safe, forgetting how to care for yourself, and forgetting to take care of your friends. Yes, getting drunk happens, but don’t *plan to get drunk out somewhere, because then someone has to babysit your irresponsible actions to make sure you get home safe. More than one drink is likely to affect the ability to think straight. Alcohol increases self-confidence and lowers inhibitions. This is why bar fights happen.
The physical effects of alcohol can be felt long after your last drink. This of course is called a hangover. Your body needs time to recover from being drunk. A hangover is your body’s way of telling you that you have poisoned it. Fortunately, you will recover, but not always in time for important things you need to do, like going to school or work or just life in general. All of which can have negative effects on performance and relationships.
4. Illegal actions.
It’s very unlikely that people get drunk to commit crime, and yet there is a clear link between alcohol and illegal activity. This is because if you are drunk you are far more likely to do thinhs which you would never do sober. Young people, for example who had committed crime stated that they had been under the influence of alcohol when committing the crime.
5. Your health
Alcohol can be directly related to deaths from certain types of diseases. The most well known is liver disease although drinking alcohol can also increase the risk of various cancers, heart attack and high blood pressure. Alcohol is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disability in developed countries. Alcohol abuse can also lead to long-term mental health problem and brain damage.