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Is Our Future Alcohol-Free?

Whether we see it in our immediate surroundings or not, data is showing that collectively, we are drinking less. Young adults who are teetotal has increased by 40% over five years and around 80% of older adults say they are making an effort to drink less.

Drinking has become so embedded within our culture that it is nearly impossible to figure out what factors could be impacting our habits more than others. Where we live, how much money we earn, and how old we are all seem to have a large role to play in understanding what is happening here.

 

With awareness and acceptance of events like “Dry January” continuously increasing, we are seeing the option of drinking less as acceptable realities. Social events that do not include alcohol are becoming more prevalent, creating a lot of interest in the spaces where heavy alcohol and drug use are typically the norm, like festivals and even bars.

 

Drinking is such a massive part of our social lives that for many of us, it feels completely out of the question to envision life without it, and that is okay too. Drinking is not necessarily “bad” for everyone. The age-old motto “everything in moderation” rings true here and a little alcohol in our lives can actually be good for us!

 

The bridge between “everything in moderation” and an average perception of people who do not drink can be wide and difficult. In many instances, we assume that when a person chooses not to drink, this signals a problem. We tend to assume that abstaining from alcohol means they have a problem. In today’s world where more and more people are choosing not to drink, that dynamic is changing. It is important for us all to remember that there isn’t necessarily a problem in deciding to not drink.

 

So why don’t we all stop? It is safe to assume that we all know the risks and the medical advice. We know what we have been told that we should be doing. Increasing awareness and accurate information is helpful, but when we’re thinking about making any type of lifestyle change, we have to dig deeper than the facts and figures.

 

Where could we start?

 

  1. We can have honest conversations. We need to be able to talk about our drinking habits and how we truly feel about them, both with ourselves and those around us. If we aren’t honest, how can we even begin to think about making any decisions that are true to how we want to live our lives?

 

  1. Take a step back. We can all take a moment (or a few,) to think about when we drink and why. Do we drink because everyone else is? Because we love it? Because it makes us feel welcome or comfortable?

 

  1. See our judgements. When we think about how we feel about drinking, our perception and feelings of others typically come into play. We tend to tie a lot of value into whether someone chooses to act in similar ways to us or not, and drinking is no different. So, we can take a moment to think about how we feel about others drinking (or not drinking.)

 

  1. Find what fits for us. Without judging ourselves or others, we can look at what makes us feel the best, the healthiest, and the happiest versions of ourselves. There is no one right way to do this, we have to discover it for ourselves- and remember to accept others’ choices as well.

 

  1. Try making small changes. Whether the goal is to drink less, stop, or to continue in the exact same habits we have, it can be helpful to shake things up a little from time to time. When we tweak and experiment with our choices, we learn a little more about ourselves.

 

  1. Be patient! Lifestyle changes, especially one that carries such a great weight within our society, take time. Wherever we are is okay, we just need to keep ‘where we want to be’ in mind.

 

Let us know what you think about drinking habits of the future in the comments below!

 

Happy sharing!

 

-Sam





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Comments

i see more of my friends turning to Alcohol  and drugs 

There's not a lot I can say really. I'm 82yrs old and have never been drunk and only ever drink on special occassions. Perhaps to toast the bride for example. I'm the one that usually only drinks orange juice in the pub or perhaps a ginger wine. Over the years I've had to put up with the remarks because I rarely drink alcohol. Whilst I don't mind if others are drinking I do get very annoyed if they go too far and drink in excess.

I've always been of the opinion that male drinkers are coerced into drinking by their peers because it's the thing to do. I don't even like the taste of the stuff prefering a cup of tea any day. As for the women - they're all becoming ladettes.

 "I do get very annoyed if they go too far and drink in excess.

I've always been of the opinion that male drinkers are coerced into drinking by their peers because it's the thing to do. I don't even like the taste of the stuff prefering a cup of tea any day. As for the women - they're all becoming ladettes."

I see nothing wrong with people "drinking to excess" unless it makes them rowdy and violent; happy drunks I can cope with, they are the kind I love to be around, plus, it's them that has to put up with the hangover the following day, why should it bother you? 

No, you're generalising there and believing the media. Girls are just as likely to be coerced by their peers into drinking too much, and no they are not "all ladettes"!. I'm sure when you were young it was the same, I know it was for me from about 14 we started to experiment with drink from our parents cupboards, quite often going too far, it was a learning curve, a rite of passage. As I grew older I learnt that I couldn't mix my drinks, was ill on more than one occasion, but had a blooming good night out on the back of it all! I stopped drinking to excess, when after a night out with friends at the age of 42, I couldn't remember getting home or half the nights events, since then I will have a couple of drinks around once a month on a girls night in and on the rare occasion I go out, the same, in fact probably one drink because I'm usually driving. 

I think the difference between us, is that I like to enjoy myself regardless of drinking alcohol or not. I have two daughters who are 36 and 30 respectively, neither of them have ever been as you think of young women.

I do not drink alcohol and cannot understand the need for it in others

I have changed from Alcohol drinks to Non Alcohol drinks which I find more refreshing the most anoying thing is that it costs more to drink these drinks which should not be aloud by the government they want more people to stop drinking here is an ideal way to start.