“That's the problem with drinking, I thought, as I poured myself a drink. If something bad happens you drink in an attempt to forget; if something good happens you drink in order to celebrate; and if nothing happens you drink to make something happen.”
Before you all start with your misinformed opinion about killing your buzz ...just hear me out.
I could care less if you drink alcohol or not, or spend some quality time with your buddies over some drinks...
I simply don't care if the boyz are buzzin' or not!
I myself, am an occasional and obligatory social drinker...I do not enjoy my drinks, be it your "cold ones (beer)", or your "manly scotch", your "girly dirty martinis", your "boyish vodka's" or your "refined and mature wine's".
There is nothing that I like when it comes to Alcohol, ...its just that I do not like it nor do I endorse it in any way.
Having said all that...I would have to agree that alcohol does give ..some liquid courage to the one who desires it the most.
There have been many documented cases about changes in behavior after consuming some drinks and some of them insist on being that guy/or woman that they are nowhere near in reality.
Mostly, its the case of hurt ego which always is in dire need of a fix to boost their dominance over others. They want to showcase their power and strength, forgetting that they are about to cross some sort of an imaginary line which will change their perception in the minds of others.
They may express their liquid courage in front of colleagues, ex-boss, ex-girlfriends/boyfriends, to a complete stranger or worst of all, their families...but at what cost?
Why do they always forget their line?...what stops them from crossing it when they are sober?
While sober, they would never go to such extremes which may break something valuable i.e. scarring a relation.
It may be with anyone...doesn't have to be romantic....rather can be platonic or professional in nature.
On the contrary, they might be shy, introverts, non confrontational in real life who need this magical elixir to open up to either bullying, or expressing their inner feelings, just so they can be heard.
It's just that their inner inhibitions come out to play and vomit out what they really feel inside without realizing that they still have to face the fact that they embarrassed themselves after getting drunk.
My point is...if you need to be courageous in real life than do it without any help...and if there is absolutely no need and you are courageous without the help, then maybe its time to sit down and have a deep understanding of what follows after you get drunk.
Even if it is for a good reason and not just to boost your ego, chances are that you won't be able to articulate it well...and then what's the point of that liquid courage if you cannot express clearly what you meant to say. The other person still went on being misinformed about your actual point and more judgmental about your inability to handle your liquor.
Digressing a bit, I was amazed to see queues 1 km long in Delhi outside a local alcohol shop recently...people could care less about the current pandemic and most certainly they could care less about social distancing. They were demanding that liquor shops be categorized in essential services.
wow...just wow! The human nature amazes me, that alcohol runs their life...that they are willing to accept the virus by risking their lives just to get a bottle or two...or maybe more, who the hell knows.
This is the affect of alcohol in the lives of the people...they are head over heals about this stuff....not just in India, but the outside world as well. Drinking alcohol is absolutely an important part in the lives of many across the world....almost like a social norm.
“If you want to understand a society, take a good look at the drugs it uses. And what can this tell you about American culture? Well, look at the drugs we use. Except for pharmaceutical poison, there are essentially only two drugs that Western civilization tolerates: Caffeine from Monday to Friday to energize you enough to make you a productive member of society, and alcohol from Friday to Monday to keep you too stupid to figure out the prison that you are living in.”
― Bill Hicks
Something is definitely wrong with the society we live in. But more on that later.