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.
(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?
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.
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.
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.