Why We Drink: Do We Even Need A Reason?

Working in the bar/restaurant industry has led me to the conclusion that at the end of the day, no matter what race, gender, or sexual orientation we are, we share one thing in common. We drink. Some of us like to enjoy a glass of wine every now and then to unwind; others like to get blackout drunk on a daily basis. Alcohol may just be the one common factor holding us together. But why do we drink? It might appear to be a simple, or even silly, question, but every person would give a different answer. It seems everyone has his/her own reason (s) for wanting a drink or needing a drink.

It’s been a long day

Some days can honestly just be the worst. Nothing goes right, everyone has a problem with something, there is virtually no downtime, and by the end of it you just want to scream. This is when a nice cold beer, or a glass of chardonnay, or a margarita with salt comes in very handy. Just to take the edge off, you know?

You have the day off tomorrow

What a great feeling that is, walking out of work or class or wherever and knowing that you get the entire next day off to do as you please. This calls for a celebratory adult beverage, wouldn’t you say? Who cares, it’s not like you have anything to do tomorrow!

It’s your birthday! (or her birthday or his birthday or someone’s birthday somewhere)

Not many things beat some good old-fashioned birthday shots. Birthdays are one of the number one reasons people like to get nice and tipsy. Either they are excited to be turning a cool new age, or they are depressed and mortified to be turning a sad older age. Either way, bottoms up for birthdays.

S/he broke your heart

We all have sorrows over a significant other at some point, and many people like to try to drown them. A nice buzz eases the pain of heartbreak, I won’t lie to you, and sometimes you almost forget why you even felt sad in the first place. The problem with this, though, is it’s like putting a Band-Aid over a burn. It covers it up momentarily, but the burn is still there and the Band-Aid isn’t really helping it heal. Oh, and it still hurts.

It’s a lot easier to be sociable

It’s hard to meet new people. Sometimes it’s even hard to talk to people you have known for a while. A few martinis definitely help with this. It’s a surefire cure for shyness.

Your team is playing

The Philadelphia Sea-giants are playing the Dallas Steel-packs. This is a huge deal and the only thing to make it more exciting is about five to ten ice-cold beers and a few shots of whiskey. Oh and wings, nachos, and fries, but that’s a whole other story.

Your team is winning

Yes! The Sea-giants scored a homerun touchdown three-pointer! You’re definitely going to win some money with this. That means you have extra cash to buy another round.

Kaitlyn Seabury | News Cult

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