The Rise of The Millenial Alcoholic

As someone who is partial to a Friday and Saturday night session, it’s easy to to shrug off the term ‘alcoholic’ as something that’s only applicable to the downtrodden or the caners but in 2017, more of us are turning to alcohol as a social pursuit and stress-escape.

Alcohol flatlay

(For information and statistics visit the Mind Body Green site here)

Living in London – or any big city, it’s easy to get swept up into a drinking culture. After work drinks Monday to Thurs? Sure, it’s only a couple of pints. Friday and Saturday are reserved for rooftop cocktails, whereas Sunday is the day for a boozy brunch and before you know it, you’ve consumed more than your daily allowance every single day.

The thing is, looking at that pattern of drinking – it doesn’t seem excessive to us does it? We’re the generation who wouldn’t think twice of a bottle of red whilst watching Bake Off or 3 bottles of Prosecco to ourselves just ‘pre-drinking.’

But the rise in alcohol consumption can have a negative impact on other aspects of our lives.

Who wants to be hungover every day at work? Sitting in an office chair, dealing with politics and shitty customers all day is not fun and wanting to chunder whilst sporting the headache to end all headaches is even worse.

We’re also the generation with the highest records of mental illness. Alcohol is a known depressant. Our 2 G&Ts after work habit, is making our mental health worse but we just don’t see it as a big deal.

It makes it tough if you work somewhere that expects staff to come to the pub every day as part of team morale or if you have a group of mates that think a Sunday Sesh should be taking place as regularly as a roast dinner. So how do we stop this rise in alcoholism?

Seeking moderation

Ask yourself, if you have to go to the pub with work and are scared to push the pitcher away, then why not buy a lime and soda on your round?

Or if you know you’ve got a few weekend sessions coming up, then say no to the weekday wine.

Saying No

Millenials are adults. As much as we love Harry Potter and unicorn pjs for days, we are grown ups. Being a grown up means being able to say no and stand by your convictions. It means not giving in to peer pressure.

Some of my favourite people are those who can go out to a bar and drink softies all night and still be the life and soul. Don’t get me wrong – my other faves are those who get so blindingly drunk that they talk to traffic cones on their way home BUT limiting yourself to what you know is acceptable for you and not being cowed by the pressure to party is massively respectful.

Getting Help

If you think your drinking has become a problem. Perhaps upon reflection – once you’ve worked out your weekly drinking pattern you’ve realised it’s excessive. Maybe you are not able to say no or you feel it impacting on your mental health then it’s absolutely OK for you to see help.

Charities such as Alcohol Concern offer guidance and Drinkline provide a non-judgemental advisory service which can be accessed by phoning 0300 123 1110.

Party on this Bank Holiday Weekend guys but just take stock of how much you’re relying on alcohol and don’t become another millenial statistic.

And if you want to see the type of shit I’ve done whilst drunk (which should put you further off of excessive alcohol consumption) then read this oldie.

 

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6 Comments

  1. August 26, 2017 / 5:51 pm

    Working as a junior doctor, I definitely come across people who are drinking way over the recommended limits, but in a “socially acceptable” way. The sneaky drinks you don’t really notice – a couple of glasses of wine of an evening, midweek drinks, a few more at the weekend. Alcohol is alcohol – whether that’s wine with dinner, G&Ts after work, or shots on a night out. It still does the same damage. What’s heartening though is that actually we’re starting to see changes – generations who don’t see alcohol as quite so central to a social life, or an essential evening activity. It’s through spreading messages like this one of yours though that keep this positive change going 🙂
    Jennifer
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

  2. Abi
    August 27, 2017 / 1:07 pm

    This is such an eye opener, you really don’t think about it until its written down in black and white. I barely drink anymore because hangovers are horrific for my mental health, the odd pint is fine for me but anything more than that makes me crazy!!

    It is great to see you posting about something like this!!

    Abi | abistreetx

  3. August 27, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Really interesting post, sweets. I’m very good at saying no – took me some practice back in the day, but now I am the queen of the softies a fair amount of the time. Find it means when I do have a bevvy I enjoy it more, too.

  4. August 30, 2017 / 1:38 pm

    It’s so funny that I discovered this today, because I just posted a similar post on my own blog. I totally agree with everything you said. So many young people (including myself) have trouble adjusting to regular drinking habits after college. Ive been reluctant to admit I have a “problem,” but once I did, I was able to tackle it a lot more honestly.

  5. August 30, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    Good post. I think there’s a lot of peer pressure too. Some people who are drinking don’t like when their friends don’t drink with them and can give you a hard time

  6. September 15, 2017 / 10:02 am

    I’ve been thinking about this for a while so I wanted to see if anyone else could see the destructive patterns and that’s how I came across this post. You’ve done a fantastic job of bringing attention to this without ‘preaching’ and I think that’s very important!

    Jess x

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