Why Is Society So Dominated By Alcohol?

I have a dangerous relationship with alcohol and have to steer completely away from it. Even one drink will start a series of events which would cause my life to go into free fall as once I start I can’t stop.

As I avoid alcohol now and also circumstances which would put me in contact with it I have become acutely aware how much alcohol dominates our society.

So many social interactions seem to involve drinking. I’ve had to ditch a number of friends as when I look back they were pub friends. We did nothing other than drink together.

On Facebook, friends regularly post a picture of whatever alcohol drink they are drinking when they go out rather than a picture of the people they are with. People don’t do that with tea or coffee so why is alcohol so different?

I guess it’s always been this way and now I just notice it more. I have found, however, that to avoid alcohol I have had to completely change my social interactions as alcohol seems to be the dominant feature in society. The question is why?

Blessed Be.

15 thoughts on “Why Is Society So Dominated By Alcohol?

  1. Great question! I gave it up because of migraines. Luckily, my friends aren’t into alcohol, but when I used to date it was an issue. It’s so “normal” to meet for a drink, and if you say you don’t drink, or you order soda, then then the cascade of questions start. No, I’m not in AA. Etc.

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  2. I think it’s all the mental conditioning we grow up with. It’s so “cool” when you are old enough to drink legally but it’s also cool when you are underage and dodge around getting a drink where you can. No doubt it’s also all the advertising, all so subtle, but suggesting that to drink makes you something special. I drank when I was young to calm my nerves, to make me feel better but then I went on pain long term medication and they really don’t mix, so the booze went. I am lucky I was not addicted although I did enjoy it and as you say, it’s a social thing, but I don’t miss it and I never allowed myself to be pressured to take a drink. Maybe it’s my face. When I say “no” people tend to believe me. But I can see how hard it would be and it should not be that way.
    Best wishes….and are those your lovely cats? I love your poems.

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    1. I agree on this, in my view it’s definitely to do with the mental conditioning.

      Many thanks for your lovely comment on the poems. They are not my cats but I do have a black one and she is the inspiration for my cat poems!

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  3. Alcohol, pubs, bars, restaurants are a very British social pastime and I’m prone to joining in sometimes. I’m not a heavy drinker yet here I sit on a Saturday afternoon having a cold glass of white as I blog. I do have to be careful because of the meds I’m on and too much alcohol wouldn’t be good for my mental state. I do go out for coffee and cake days with my pals too tho’.

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  4. Forgetting professional alcoholics like myself for a moment, I’m guessing two cavemen realized that they could eat the rotten grapes, it made them feel relaxed and they didn’t need an excuse to hang out. I actually think “recreational” drinkers imbibe for the same reason those of us who are drunks do, it’s just for like 3% of the effect, and that’s enough for them. The government realized you can tax the crap out of it, like smoking, and it won’t stop people from buying, so a booming industry was born!

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      1. They. so called experts say alcoholism is a disease. I’ve been in so many rehabs I stopped counting. I know about this “disease” from A to Z and how to “cure” it, I tried everything and doesn’t work. Even though that at age only 30 I was hospitalized for 18 days in ICU, I almost died and spent another 2 months in the hospital recovering. Diagnosis-severe pancreatitis. And I still continue 7 years later. I do remember asking a nurse point blank ” Am I going to make it out of this one? And please don’t bullshit me”, she said I had 50-50 chance. Afterwards they did tell me that if this had happened at age 40 or 40+ the chances of me making it would be slim to zero. The only reason I have been sober now for a month and even then there was a one day of drinking heavily is because my. mother is in quite bad shape and I’m basically the caretaker. I’ve been in her house now after she was released from the hospital for 2 and a half weeks doing all the household chores, taking her to a walk, buying this or that in the supermarket, so all this prevents me from drinking. I’m thinking selfishly here, but it´s the truth. I don’t want my mother to pass away and the last that she remembers or I remember is me not being with her because I was living in a drunken stupor.

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      2. I really really feel for you and I’m so sorry to hear about your mother.

        I was the same, I used alcohol as my comfort blanket to get me through things. Then I realised it wasn’t my comfort blanket but actually the viper in the nest. I learnt this the very hard way.

        You are doing great Charly. I know how hard it can be but stay strong. You are strong. My thoughts go with you.

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  5. Alcohol is a poison, and a legal one at that. We here in the US tried to prohibit it in the 30s, but that led to the rise of Mafia, gangs of bootleggers and lots of serious crime. So back the law went. It costs us billions annually in health care costs and work-related losses, yet its allure lies in releasing our inhibitions, temporarily making our problems ‘disappear’– artificial happiness in a glass. Can you tell I hate the stuff? 😉

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