When did alcohol become a part of everything we do?
This is a really great recent article from The Huffington Post asking when the ‘normalisation’ of alcohol happened.
Here is a small alcohol-free taster:
“Let me preface this with saying: most of everything I did revolved around alcohol for years. I didn’t like being in social situations where alcohol wasn’t available. I would drink prior to going out. I would sneak alcohol if it wasn’t going to be served where I was going. I always made sure my bar was fully stocked at home. I drank on holidays and family functions. The only reason I ever agreed to go to Chuck E. Cheese with my nephews is because they serve alcohol. Vacations? Forget it. I drank from the time I got there to the time I left. I would have been the mother that had a coffee cup of wine at her kid’s ballgames. I would have been the mom to have the girls over for wine before a PTA meeting. I would have served alcohol at my kids birthday parties for the adults. I would have been the mom to drink a bottle or two at home every night just because. I could turn anything into a reason to drink. But I am also an alcoholic”
“I see pregnant women drinking out in public often. I’ve been invited to several Huggies & Chuggies themed baby showers, where you provide the diapers and they provide the beer. Alcohol is served at most all of the major children’s music and theater shows. I know because I drank at Phineas & Ferb and Ringling Brothers. I see friend’s Facebook pictures of their kid’s birthday parties where all the adults have wine or beer in their hands. I know parents who get drunk at home in front of their kids almost every night or every weekend”
“So, when did this become accepted as the norm? It certainly wasn't like this when I was growing up..”
Read the article here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/allison-hudson/addiction-and-recovery_b_5022965.html