Alcohol is a huge part of most people’s lives. Whether it’s after-work drinks, celebratory fizz or just a pint at the pub on a Friday night, booze is something that seems to be unavoidable: a major player in nearly every social occasion you can think of, it is the social norm to drink alcohol.
Thinking about it, though, I’m not quite sure why I drink. The most glaringly obvious point that springs to mind is that it’s boring not to have one: when you’re the sober one at the party, it’s not much fun to sit sipping a lime and soda whilst everyone else gets rat-arsed around you; and it’s very common to be accused of being dull for not wanting a bev. Aside from this, I can’t think of anything else that I actually like about consuming alcohol. I don’t like the cost, I don’t like the bloated or sluggish feeling I get afterwards, I don’t like my hangover the next day. And I really don’t like the way it makes me behave sometimes (I lost my jacket whilst out in town the other week, and my boyfriend described me as a ‘rabid animal’).
My problem is that I can’t just have a few: to me, having two drinks seems pointless, because you’re consuming empty calories without even feeling the effects of the alcohol. The whole thing just seems like a waste of time and money, but if the alternative is getting blottoed and making a fool of yourself, which option is preferable?
One of my New Year’s resolutions was to ‘not give up alcohol completely, but to learn how to drink sensibly‘. Having said that, I’m setting myself a good old challenge: not to drink alcohol until after my last exam, which is some time at the end of May/start of June. I’ve done fairly long alcohol-free stints before, so (in theory) this should be a doddle. After my boozy Easter break, I think my body deserves to be detoxed (I can practically hear my liver screaming at me), and I think my bank balance will be pretty grateful too!
What are your thoughts on drinking alcohol? Have you ever gone booze-free?