My post today is going to be about alcohol. Don’t worry, I’m not going to be talking about how you can’t have a party without getting drunk or anything, in fact the complete opposite.
I don’t ever plan on drinking alcohol, I just don’t see the point to be honest. It’s known to be bad for you and it messes with your head and memories if you drink too much. It can also cause cancer and a range of other healthy problems, so why drink it? I know there are lots of things we consume that are unhealthy for us e.g. sugar, chocolate, salt etc. but I think it’s just so unnecessary to drink alcohol and to have lots of chocolate and sugar but anyway.
I think the expectations put on teenagers these days to drink is ridiculous and people’s misuse of alcohol and using it recklessly, I feel like it’s become so much more than it used to be. This year I turn 16 and I have this massive dream of having a 16th Birthday Party but I don’t think that’s actually going to be possible because everyone will want to get drunk and either expect me to provide alcohol or provide their own alcohol and I don’t want to be surrounded by drunken teenagers on my birthday so it would be a bit ruined if I had a big 16th birthday party, but it makes me really sad because why should I have to lose out on something I really want because of other people’s recklessness? Why can’t I have a party if I want to without having to provide toxic drinks to underage people?
I know a guy who got really bad alcohol poisoning recently and admittedly he is legally old enough to drink but he shouldn’t be getting alcohol poisoning and ending up in the hospital for an entire weekend at the age of 18, people shouldn’t be getting alcohol poisoning ever! But he’s drinking because of expectations put on us by society and our peers and the media really isn’t doing anything to help the situation. It makes me increasingly angry when I see things with constant alcohol consumption – I’ve recently finished watching Gossip Girl and all the characters were constantly drinking and it wasn’t even talked about or really thought of as a big issue just a way of life for them, the same with The Vampire Diaries which I am currently watching; all the vampires drink alcohol becomes it numbs their desire for blood so they are constantly consuming alcohol and I don’t understand why they couldn’t have used a different drink to numb their desire for blood like cranberry juice or coffee why does it have to be alcohol? It’s just ridiculous and it’s further presenting alcohol as a good normal thing and not that it shouldn’t be consumed in the huge amounts that it’s actually consumed in.
One of the activity groups I attend, each week we sit in a circle and share our news of the week and there is always at least two-three stories of people getting drunk and having fall-outs or doing silly stupid things like falling down the stairs but it’s not actually a silly funny thing it’s actually really dangerous to be falling down the stairs because you’re too drunk to properly walk down the stairs and people share stories of their friends being drunk and everyone else around the circle laughs like it’s the funniest thing in the world and not something to be embarrassed about or something that people should disapprove of but something that’s fun to tell stories about. There are even underage people in my group that talk about getting drunk and instead of saying they shouldn’t be doing that the teachers of the group laugh along with them and share stories of their own drunken nights and it angers me so much that no one takes getting drunk as a serious thing.
I’ve had adults try and encourage me to drink before or adults try to encourage people I know to drink before even though they know we’re underage. I know people who drink more than they should and then drive and it’s so ridiculous that they can’t just be sensible and do things safely.
Why has being drunk become something to be proud with yourself about rather than something that you should be embarrassed about, yes I understand that sometimes people drink very little and end up drunk in a way they could never explain or have expected but deliberately drinking to get drunk at a party to have a nice time is just crazy! I even understand people with difficult lives drinking to drown away their sorrows or whatever but people drinking to have a better time is just something I do not understand – how does feeling sick and dizzy and not being able to remember the night the morning after make you have a better time? I would rather have a nice time by consciously being able to interact with people and remember the party the next day rather than stumbling around in high heels the entire night and then the next morning having all my memories be really fuzzy and have a killer headache.
Drinking is just something I will never understand, I think it’s absolutely saddening to think that the expectations of getting drunk have been put on teenagers in this day and age where they feel trapped without a choice of whether or not to drink; if we do drink we feel ill and don’t remember things but if we don’t drink we will always be viewed as outsiders who don’t fit in with everyone else, that no one likes or wants to invite to parties because they’re a ‘party pooper’ for not drinking. The fact that I can’t even have a birthday party for myself because of society and these expectations makes me so angry! I’ve been told I don’t have a life before because I don’t drink, I was told this at the age of 13! How have we come to live in a world that at the age of 13 I don’t have a life if I don’t drink? It’s so depressing!
Does anyone else feel like this or is it just me? Let me know in the comments!
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