One cannot legitimately deny that drinking alcoholic beverages lowers inhibitions. But the assertion that we are necessarily inhibited, however true, is somewhat condescending for my liking. In recent years I realised that when I am drunk, my feelings are exaggerated. How alcohol affects you is according to your degree of consciousness. When I was less than fully aware of the reasons for my ambitions, or simply neglected to take heed of them, under the influence of alcohol, of course, I realised little or no reason not to act on them and in that intoxication I anticipated that my newly unearthed strengths and weaknesses would extend into sobriety. Though what stands for ”confidence” under the influence of alcohol is called ”Dutch courage”, when my powers of action or inaction pleased or displeased me whilst I was drunk, remarkably they ceased to please or displease me when I sobered up. It was not necessarily a matter of confidence. Having finally taken time to analyse the reasons for my feelings objectively, I realised that what pleased me and displeased me had been for very different reasons than I had originally believed. It was more a case of honesty and dishonesty with myself.

This knowing is half the battle in fulfilling social desires, and I advise that you should only really drink alcohol to the point of drunkenness when you are out socialising and reasonably content in yourself. If you drink within the confines of your own four walls by yourself, you cut yourself off from the visual aids that is the numerous conjunctives of the outside world. It is a bad idea to drink alcohol to fight depression and sadness, not only because you would not be dealing with your issues constructively but also you would subject yourself to your awareness of drinking in bad faith. In an ideal world, all knowledge would be associated with pleasure. And if intoxication does in fact make you happier or less depressed, you run the risk of slicing your liver in half. If a dependency develops and you are aware that it may kill you in the long run, this is misery incarnate because you delay confronting the cause of your depression which you misperceive as worse than the end of your life. If the problem is supposedly unsolvable, it would be easier to commit suicide more clinically. But whether we drink alcohol for pleasure or out of displeasure, we must be initially mindful that there is a general concern for our wellbeing.

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