Toward Alcohol Abstinence

September 04, 2019

My student days are gone. Boozing isn’t as fun as it used to be. I’m barely drinking alcohol anymore.

The exhilarating thing about alcohol is the social experience, how it changes your perception of reality. You are still you, but your brain acts differently. This dissociation scares most people because they don’t like this apparent loss of control, or as Tom Waits puts it, reality is just a crutch for people who can’t handle drugs. I’m a hacker at heart, it fascinates me.

People who drink have a tendency for self-deprecating humor, which I adore because it’s a sign of strength, self-confidence, and easy-going nature. I don’t think I could trust someone who never tried drinking once, except if it’s because of religious beliefs.

I come from France. Drinking is part of our culture. Not drinking can appear as odd. I was less than 10 when I tasted wine for the first time. I like it from time to time, but overall, I’m not a regular consumer, which begs the question of quitting alcohol altogether.

The first problem I have with alcohol is the industry, which is among the worst industries on Earth along with the tobacco industry. I don’t want to give money to these people. I don’t mind buying some wine or some beer from a local establishment, but I absolutely hate buying from generic brands in bars and supermarkets.

My second concern is about the costs of consuming alcohol. People spend an incredible amount of money in booze, which is not only bad for your health and your purse, but also for your ability to think and grow. Some alcohols have health benefits in small quantities, but we drink way too much, which ends up being counter-productive.

Alcohol probably has some virtues. It used to be a way to communicate with gods, to celebrate spiritual events, to bright up social gatherings and get people closer together. Nowadays, it’s mostly about escapism. I can’t tell people what to do, but I can act.

Maybe I’m just getting old and boring, but I look forward to the day where I’ll bring my tea bags to parties.