Why are so many people caught up in chasing the bottom of a bottle? That is, why is there so much desire to drink alcohol? It would be a mistake to neglect the huge influence of music, movies and television show. I believe media to be the paramount influencer regarding consumption of alcohol and partying all the time.
What I'm talking about her is not individuals who have an occasional drink. I don't have in mind those who enjoy drinking wine or beer with meals. I'm not thinking of those who drink during special occasions. I'm considering the individuals who equate having fun with going to bars and getting drunk.
I lost track of the number of surprised faces I've encountered when I expressed that I don't drink and I don't go to bars. One usually looks at me like I'm from Jupiter. I've even had people ask me a follow-up question: "Well, what do you do?" They ask it as though there is nothing more fun than getting drunk. One is out of the loop if one isn't a consumer of alcohol.
At my places of employment, whenever someone mentions the notion of everyone getting together outside of work to hang out, the very first idea put forth is to meet at a bar and drink. If a bar isn't mentioned, then some other place is but then the person says he or she will bring some alcohol.
What's going on? Why can't co-workers, friends, family, etc... congregate without drinking alcohol? Why is it craved so much? It's a waste of time and money. I can't think of one real benefit of involving alcohol in one's life. I'm open to ideas. It's destructive to one's body and is extremely correlative with crime. What benefit is there?
Let's start getting more creative and branching out in the world. There are many other activities to do other than consuming alcohol. There's a whole world out there and different things for different people. Let's put down the booze and realize there's more to life than getting to the bottom of another bottle.