Why you do NOT need to drink to have fun

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Alcohol is a depressant. It can slow vital functions, leading to slurred speech, slowed reaction time and impaired memory. While some people may drink to relax, the effects of alcohol can actually include increased anxiety and stress.

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The 7 types of drunk:

The Hugger-

That person who embraces you, professing how sorry they are for something they did (or never did), then tells you how much they ‘love’ you.

One of the most annoying drunks to be around.

The Life Adviser-

Often an older family member who obviously believes themselves enlightened by their intoxicated state. They will precede to impart on you ‘vital’ life lessons accompanied by examples of situations where they messed up.

One of the most tiring drunks to bump in to.

The Comedian-

That friend who suddenly thinks they’re the funniest person in the room after a few drinks.

One of the most embarrassing drunks to endure.

The Social Butterfly-

Ugh, that person who’s popularity is boosted (or so they think) by 1000% under the influence of alcohol. They will flit from person to person – like a butterfly – telling bad jokes, attempting to dance with them or more often than not, just crashing into them.

One of the most awkward drunks to watch.

The Thrower-Upper-

When someone who clearly knows their limit, decides to ignore it anyway. They usually end up in one of three places: the hospital, your neighbour’s hedge or with their head in the toilet.

One the most disgusting drunks at the party.

The Big Brawler-

Does alcohol contain steroids? It does for these guys! The muscle to brain ratio on display here is really quite concerning. Never again will you seen such stupid life decisions in action…

One of the most destructive groups of drunks.

The Napper-

Drink, nap, repeat. It’s a vicious cycle, but one that I’ve seen sustained until sunrise.

One of the most impressive drunks to witness.

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Whether or not you know one of these drunks, have been attacked by one of these drunks or are one of these drunks, you will at some point have been annoyed by one of the 7 types of drunk.

I’m not saying nobody should ever drink. (I’m not that boring.) I just think some people forget that they do not need to drink/be drunk to have fun.

Maybe you think that alcohol makes you a funnier person. Maybe you think it helps you to feel at ease with people. Maybe you like the attention people give you when they see you getting drunk. Maybe you like the stories you end with. Maybe you just like the taste.

Maybe everyone else is doing it. Maybe you can’t stop doing it.

Whatever your reasons, I’m not here to judge. I’m simply here to say that fun and drinking are not synonymous. You can have fun without drinking and you can drink and not have fun.

I’m not the biggest fan of social occasions and I’m certainly not an extrovert. However, when surrounded by the right people (plus food and good music if possible) I can have a good time in pretty much any situation. We all can.

Remember that alcohol does not bring out the best in you. You bring out the best in you.

Having good friends around helps, but in the end, you and only you are in charge of your emotions, feelings and actions.

You should never feel like you have to resort to alcohol to ‘fit in,’ ‘have fun’ or ‘become a better person.’ If the situation isn’t working, change your approach or change the situation.

Think about the 7 types of drunk. Consider not just the effects your drunk self is having on others, but the affects you are having on you.

Drink if you want to. Don’t drink if you don’t want to. But remember: you do not need to drink to have fun.

Alcohol does not bring out the best in you. You bring out the best in you.