I Won’t Buy You a Beer

27 Jun

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I’ve noticed a disturbing trend among Christians.  They seem to laud drinking and alcohol.  I have no problem with the responsible consumption of alcohol–really.  However, I choose not to drink because alcoholism is a problem that has hit both sides of my family so I’d rather not indulge.  Plus, alcohol can interfere with my medicine..and dying for a Bud Light isn’t my idea of fun.  But perhaps the biggest reason I don’t drink is this–I think alcohol tastes gross.  I mean, down a bottle of cough medicine or mouth wash or Jack Daniel’s, to me, it all tastes the same.

I understand that many people do enjoy drinking a beer with friends or getting a margarita with a meal.  Again, I have no problem with this.  The thing I find odd is that a lot of Christian seems to be so proud about their drinking habits.  Like, “Hey, I threw one back with the boys after the Elders Meeting…” This seems to be especially true with men, who I’ve found want to “out drink” each other.  Or they drink just one more to fit in with their pals.   As long as you don’t get drunk or tipsy, fine, do what you will.  But do you need to Twitter, blog, brag about your drinking habits?

During the day, I drink a lot of beverages.  I usually start my day with Diet Coke (because I don’t like coffee), gradually add in some tea of an icy nature, and end the day with a nice cool glass of…water.  However, until this moment, I haven’t really shared that information with the whole world.  Guess what?  I go out with my gal pals and drink Diet Coke!  Sometimes I get really wild and put a lemon in it!  OK, admittedly, I did have a strawberry milkshake (small) the other day…but I didn’t announce that either.  Although maybe I should’ve because it was really good.

People have to be 21 to drink, right?  Because there’s a certain maturity and responsibility associated with using alcohol.  I’m thinking if you’re bragging about drinking and how often you do it, then you probably aren’t mature or responsible enough to be drinking–no matter how old you are.

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No Responses to “I Won’t Buy You a Beer”

  1. gavin June 27, 2008 at 10:41 PM #

    there is a bad culture that feeds binge drinking a younger ages and people then get off into later life and the only way they know how to drink is in that scenario. i don’t know what the answer is, but if there wasn’t such a taboo & falsely created machismo attitude towards excessive drinking then we would be better off in many ways as a society.

    i know for myself, i had to unlearn a bunch of behaviors when it came to this subject. i quit drinking for almost a year just to prove it didn’t control me. i am proud to say that i sip off a six pack of beer in my fridge for months at a time now.. well, proud isn’t really the word for it. it is just the way it is now.

  2. gavin June 27, 2008 at 10:41 PM #

    there is a bad culture that feeds binge drinking a younger ages and people then get off into later life and the only way they know how to drink is in that scenario. i don’t know what the answer is, but if there wasn’t such a taboo & falsely created machismo attitude towards excessive drinking then we would be better off in many ways as a society.

    i know for myself, i had to unlearn a bunch of behaviors when it came to this subject. i quit drinking for almost a year just to prove it didn’t control me. i am proud to say that i sip off a six pack of beer in my fridge for months at a time now.. well, proud isn’t really the word for it. it is just the way it is now.

  3. Amy June 28, 2008 at 7:52 AM #

    Hey, nothing wrong with having a six-pack in the fridge. But I would probably think you were a little wacky if you made a video of you downing that six-pack in one sitting and put a video of it on YouTube. 🙂

  4. Amy June 28, 2008 at 7:52 AM #

    Hey, nothing wrong with having a six-pack in the fridge. But I would probably think you were a little wacky if you made a video of you downing that six-pack in one sitting and put a video of it on YouTube. 🙂

  5. mjgolch June 28, 2008 at 8:23 AM #

    Amy,I’m with you on it is ok to have a drink as long as you do not make a jacka** of your self.that being said I don’t use alcohol my self.since I am an alcoholic. I have been sober since 12/17/1990.I should have been sobel long before that date.I keep fooling my self that I could quite drinking any time I want and did several times just to go back to my old ways.Now by the Grace of God,I have remained sober.

  6. mjgolch June 28, 2008 at 8:23 AM #

    Amy,I’m with you on it is ok to have a drink as long as you do not make a jacka** of your self.that being said I don’t use alcohol my self.since I am an alcoholic. I have been sober since 12/17/1990.I should have been sobel long before that date.I keep fooling my self that I could quite drinking any time I want and did several times just to go back to my old ways.Now by the Grace of God,I have remained sober.

  7. Mike June 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM #

    You’re blog inspired me because out here in Canada eh, it seems to be a trend that drinking is the in thing to do these days? What the heck ever happened to just sitting around sipping a cup of coffee or swinging back a bottle of cola? It seems we are in this diverse trend of keeping up with the Jones’s.

    I don’t drink, ok-I used to drink when I was in College, but I fell off the band wagon when I grew up and thought to myself what the hell am I doing?

    But now it just seems like everyone is jumping back on the bandwagon. I think more public services need to be offered out here, more awareness about drinking habits, instead of so much drinking and driving ads.

  8. Mike June 30, 2008 at 12:55 PM #

    You’re blog inspired me because out here in Canada eh, it seems to be a trend that drinking is the in thing to do these days? What the heck ever happened to just sitting around sipping a cup of coffee or swinging back a bottle of cola? It seems we are in this diverse trend of keeping up with the Jones’s.

    I don’t drink, ok-I used to drink when I was in College, but I fell off the band wagon when I grew up and thought to myself what the hell am I doing?

    But now it just seems like everyone is jumping back on the bandwagon. I think more public services need to be offered out here, more awareness about drinking habits, instead of so much drinking and driving ads.

  9. me July 1, 2008 at 4:52 AM #

    Coffee is a lot more insightful, romantic and (post-)modern. Well, in my opinion 😉

  10. me July 1, 2008 at 4:52 AM #

    Coffee is a lot more insightful, romantic and (post-)modern. Well, in my opinion 😉

  11. Amy July 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM #

    I’m a tea girl myself. I used to sort of see this guy and he would buy a large (or is that grande?) fancy chai latte,, and then pour it into two cups (so it wouldn’t be too hot). One for me and one for him. I thought that was really sweet. It makes me smile just to think of it. But when he wanted something different, he would buy me my own tea or whatever and still pour it into two cups for me. It was sort of silly to have all these cups of tea, but such a warm memory. 🙂

  12. Amy July 1, 2008 at 11:15 AM #

    I’m a tea girl myself. I used to sort of see this guy and he would buy a large (or is that grande?) fancy chai latte,, and then pour it into two cups (so it wouldn’t be too hot). One for me and one for him. I thought that was really sweet. It makes me smile just to think of it. But when he wanted something different, he would buy me my own tea or whatever and still pour it into two cups for me. It was sort of silly to have all these cups of tea, but such a warm memory. 🙂

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