So it’s Friday night, you just got done with class, and it’s about time to partake in Happy Hour. You’ve been looking forward to that 4pm time all week long. Oh yes, bring on that Appletini or ice cold Bud Light.
Yes, I do understand that partying is a fact of life for college students and college grads. Whether it be at a bar or a house party, it is an awesome social environment to meet new people and explore different crowds. However, I just want you to do it as safely as possible.
For starters, I don’t care how old or young you are…if you are going to be boozing it up, you must have a designated driver. If no designated driver, then you are by default resorting to a cab.
I mean come on…you have a career now that brings in a steady paycheck. You can afford a $20-$30 cab ride to stay at a buddy’s house or have your buddies stay at yours. Any other option is absolutely unacceptable, and if you are saying that it is acceptable….then you are a very immature and downright dangerous person that will be putting human lives in danger. Enough said.
And as for the drinking, keep it to a moderate amount. A few drinks with dinner or having a few beers on the porch every once in awhile is not a bad thing. When you are finishing a 12pk on a nightly basis or having your life become adversely affected by alcohol, then you need to step back and take a look at the situation. The sad thing with alcoholism is that nobody usually knows they have a problem until something really bad happens to them. There is no shame in admitting that you have a drinking problem. If you do, don’t hesitate to tell someone you trust, such as a family member or a friend. And as always, your physician should be willing to welcome you with open arms. If he or she isn’t, then you need a new doctor. If you are looking for some good information about this issue, www.aa.org (Alcoholics Anonymous) is a great resource to start.
Finally, learning about alcohol can be fun. Yes, this started out with partying, but the actual ways beer and wine are fermented and made is quite interesting. I mean hell, there are whole degrees given by universities on how to make wine. You may even find it of interest to you and make a career as a vineyard owner or wholesale distributor. I know that my wife and I love wine. We have numerous friends that like wine too, and we all enjoy learning about the wine making process together. Napa Valley is an absolutely beautiful place to go, and I encourage you each to go, especially if you are a budding wine connoisseur.
Again, the point of this post is to remind everyone that drinking can be fun, but you must be responsible. There is a fine line. You just have to decide before hand what your decisions are going to be. Until next time…..
I would love to hear your thoughts or suggestions about wine and/or beer. Please feel free to leave your comments below. Take care!