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Drinking Culture

Is this really essential to having a good night?

The drinking culture. I don’t understand it. I will explain.

I was talking to my parents about this, and people in general who are of the generation above me. I didn’t actually realise that this behaviour amongst teenagers and young adults was a new phenomena. It literally began as the people my age became mature enough to drink (many even before that). And by the way, what I mean by drinking culture, to my understanding, is people, children really, who from the age of perhaps fifteen embark on a conquest 1-3 times a week to drink as much alcohol as physically possible. According to followers of this drink culture, or ‘cult’ if I want to shorten it ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s somewhat cool if a person is so inebriated that they are rushed to the hospital to have their stomachs pumped, or at least drunk enough that they “don’t remember what happened the previous night”. The joy…

Okay, I sound a little nasty there, but it’s true, and the way I see it.

I’m really not sure how the drinking culture came about, I did try to look in to it a little but to no real avail. All I know is that is happening all around me, all the time. I always see it. I don’t understand why nightclubs can’t just be a place of congregating with friends and dancing with a drink or two in hand. Instead of this, it is almost like a necessity to people. It is absolutely crucial to some people’s enjoyment that they can’t walk in a straight line and don’t remember how they got home.

The 'Drinking Culture'

Personally, I’m someone in their twenties, and I don’t drink. This is for a number of reasons, but two main ones:
I don’t like the the taste – I genuinely don’t understand why people can down drinks that taste utterly nasty. I prefer the taste of orange juice or an apple & mango j20 to a double vodka and coke. It actually tastes really bad!!! If people were at a social and were offered between a cup of tea or a pint of grated ginger mixed with mollasses, what would you choose?! I’m just saying…….

I don’t like how it makes you feel. I have only ever been drunk once (when I was underage funnily enough) the feeling of lack of control, the slurred speech, the slow reactions and just saying things that don’t make sense. The potentiality of falling ill. Having a fight. ย Doing things completely out of character. I don’t understand it, nor want to engage in it.

– This third reason is an unofficial but still there. I don’t want to follow the crowd. This reason I don’t usually tell people. But it is true. I don’t want to be a sheep to something that is actually expensive and zero fun. If previous generations didn’t engage in this drinking culture, yet some people decided to start now, does that mean we all have to do it? Am I missing out on my youth because I’m not potentially having my stomach pumped after a birthday night out? I don’t think so ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s also just as if all of the health implications that come with drinking excessively don’t matter anymore. There’s things like stomach ulcers, high blood pressure, liver damage or even failure. And what about depression? Dependancy?? I’ve talked to loads of people my age who just don’t believe they can be confident on a night out without downing drinks. Why don’t you work on yourself and build that confidence rather than wasting your money on a quick fix that’ll make you feel awful after?!

It’s not that every young person is drinking themselves to this. But the more it becomes acceptable and ‘normal’ in society, the more it’ll happen, and the more these things will cause fatalities. It’s just scary, and unnecessary I think.