Booze is a Colossal Waste of Time

Whenever I go out with friends for a night of drinking I end up regretting it every time. I’m not a buzzkill, at least I try not to be, and I typically have a good time in the act, but I never wake up the next morning happy with my decision to drink half a bottle of whiskey while singing along to “Party in the USA”. Miley Cyrus has one hell of a voice, especially when you have a BAC of .20.

My regret comes the next day when you’re sitting in bed after haven just awoken from what feels like a coma. I usually sit there and try to piece together the events of the night before, despite my pounding head telling me to screw off. It’s in this moment I find disappointment, and in some cases, repulsion.

I’ve often been perplexed by my habits of drinking. By no means am I an alcoholic. I’m like most twenty-four years olds; I drink every once in awhile. I’ll have a margarita or two during trivia Tuesdays, and every few weekends I’ll venture into Denver to hit up a few bars with the crew. But through it all, I always regret consuming alcohol. Always. It wasn’t always like that for me. I didn’t always hate it so much. I drank a bit in high school like the other cool kids, and my twenty-first year of life was filled with great memories – or a lack there of – of day drinking and deep conversations at 4:00 o’clock in the morning. I regret none of it… well, maybe a few things… but for the most part I regret none of it.

Naturally, my older body can’t handle the demands of being a drinker. I get REAL hangovers now. The ones where you feel like you need to vomit all day as you pound cup after cup of water. The worst part is when I feel like I’m going to have a heart attack, stroke, and mental break down every few minutes when my body shudders at the thought of vodka. And if I imagine the smell of Jager my chances of puking increase by 95%.

There is a lot that I hate about alcohol as a substance, but one thing, in particular, has been on my mind; what could I have been doing instead? I imagine all of the things that I could’ve accomplished with a sharp, sober mind. Instead of downing a beer I could’ve read a few chapter about quantum mechanics. Instead of doing a body shot off a hotties stomach I could’ve been stargazing with my potential future wife. Across my lifetime so far, what could I have spent my time doing instead of drinking? So many things, and each time I imagine myself without alcohol, with all that missing time back in my grasp, I am filled with a deep regret.

 

Alcohol is a huge conversation with both good and bad aspects, and many opinions revolve around it. If any of you have a particular qualm with getting or being drunk I’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

 

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One thought on “Booze is a Colossal Waste of Time

  1. Alcohol in and of itself isn’t inherently a bad thing. Taken in moderation, as with everything else, it can be fine to indulge in. But as you mentioned, when it starts having a negative effect on your life, be it short-term in your case or long-term like an addiction, it’s worth taking a step back and discussing. Now, my decision to not drink is solely a personal decision, and most if it comes from not wanting my game to be dependent on a substance. If I see a hot girl walking by during the day, I don’t want to resort to carrying a flask around with me everywhere just to approach. Doesn’t seem practical or as effective. At the end of the day, there are always worse things people could do than “having a drink.” But for me, it’s just not resourceful for where I’m at.

    With that being said, yes the time spent drinking and stuff could be seen as time wasted. You definitely could’ve done things that would benefit your life a lot more in the long run (reading, working out, meditating, socializing, etc.) But, at the same time, we’re all walking the path we’re meant to be walking. Where you are right now is where you’re meant to be. So, don’t regret stuff you did in the past like drinking or any other things you view as a mistake. Accept them all as just part of the process and things you had to go through to get to where you are today, and then move forward with the knowledge and awareness into the future.

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