Trick or treat?

No, this is not a post about Halloween. It’s a post about the way we’re tricked into thinking that alcohol is a treat. And that’s what it is, a trick. From a young age we are surrounded by this little tit of a drug and told that it’s a reward, that it relaxes us, that a party isn’t a party without it and people who don’t drink are boring! Wrong.  

Alcohol is not a treat because…..

it is a legal psychoactive drug. Replace alcohol with any other drug and see how it makes you feel eg “Oh I’ve had such a stressful week, I really deserve those ‘shrooms I’ve been saving”. No hun. 

Alcohol is not a treat because…..

it has such a violent effect on your body it can cause you to vomit, to fall over, to have a bad head, to not see straight, to talk utter shitit will dehydrate you and actually cause your brain to shrink. 

Alcohol is not a treat because…..

it can turn you into a right twat. Come on, what sober person ever thinks “yay, can’t wait to meet up with my mate who’s pissed”. No one. That’s who. 

Alcohol is not a treat because…..

it makes you smell. Your breath smells like a dung beetle has exploded in your gob and your skin stinks of pickled onions. When you’re drinking you can’t smell it, when you stop you really can.

Alcohol is not a treat because…..

it can cause permanent damage to our bodies. Alcohol can also be a contributing factor or the cause of a whole host of diseases, we know this, but we ignore it. Yep, even if they’ve made it pink, it can still kill you. 

Alcohol is not a treat because…..

it makes you look like a corpse. Yes yes you may think you’re the queen of the night when pissed but we’ve all seen the photos of what we actually looked like. And let’s not talk about the next day when it makes you look like that bit of toilet paper that just won’t flush. 

Alcohol is not a treat because…..

It seriously messes with your mental health. Even if you don’t suffer with mental health it will still impact it. What goes up must come down. And for some that down lasts for days, for some, much longer. 

I could have banged on forever but I think you get me. It’s not our fault that we think it’s a treat, look at the way it’s marketed, look at the messages we get from society, look at how films, books, TV programmes even the church revere alcohol. Well thank flip flop that’s over. Fuck off alcohol, make way for my decaff almond latte.

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