10 Arguments For And Against Drinking Alcohol
This isn’t just for those who toil with the questions: am I an overdrinker? A borderline alcoholic? Can I have fun without three glasses of beer? Is the liquor store closed this morning? Nope, it’s also a validation for those who have taken what some might describe as the high road: full sobriety. Whatever floats your boat, here are 10 arguments for and against drinking alcohol.
Sources: listverse.com, time.com, bbc.com, medicinenet.com, drinkinmoderation.org
AGAINST: You Never Really Sleep
Dr. Sleep will tell you that boozing and snoozing are, surprisingly, not mutually exclusive. Now passing out cold on the couch after your Saturday wet brunch is one thing, but actually getting a restful, rejuvenating night’s sleep is another. Alcohol before sleep increases slow-wave sleep, which helps relax your muscles and bones during the first part of your sleep. However, you never fully reach REM with alcohol coursing through your system. This can lead to increased bouts of insomnia, waking up in the middle of the night, or waking up groggier.
FOR: A Diverse Palette
You don’t need to tour the vineyards of Burgundy to get a taste for delectable international vintages. There’s likely a bottle selection from multiple countries down the block from you. While many people lack the time, finances, or desire to rack up their own wine cellar, there’s plenty of reasonably priced reds, whites and pinks that can be paired with any modest dish for taste enhancement. Washing down a filet with a nice pinot noir…heaven can wait.
AGAINST: Money Go Bye-Bye
It must be nice to be one of those smarties who, when the split bill comes, pays 30-percent less than their friends. Why? They had the seltzer-and-lemon for a dollar, not the two bottles of wine or the three gin cocktails. Yes, it’s quite a formidable task you may avoid every month, but check your credit card’s itemized bill next time and see how much you spent on dining out…or at the bars….or at the liquor store. It might shock you sober!
FOR: Those Arguments About Good Health
For every 10 medical experts saying two glasses of red will make you live until cars fly, there’s five who’ll tell you to pray for the future of your liver after three sips. Federal dietary guidelines say one or two drinks every night (provided you don’t have medical problems) is just fine — perhaps even finer than not partaking. Drink in Moderation has the 10-4 on that. Bottoms up!
AGAINST: The Freshman 15…
…ain’t just in your first year of college. You might always feel like an underclasswoman or man if the pounds start getting packed on, no matter the age. Alcohol intake is associated with carbs and calories — it’s just common knowledge by now. By no means are we pushing for a certain body type. If it becomes you, then eat, drink, and be merry….but watch out for your health, please!
FOR: Endless Dancing (Never Discouraged!)
“Trust me, you’re an excellent dancer.” –Vodka
AGAINST: Your Precious Moments
My health class teacher in junior high school said every drink of alcohol is like banging your head into a wall 10 times. OK, if that were the case, we’d all be staring into space and drooling. Argument persists about how many billion brain cells are massacred with each beer. It’s quite true that excessive libations can lead to black patches in your evening. That can be dangerous, people! Don’t let the once-in-a-lifetime wedding night or graduation party slip your mind. A few drinks in, and you and your friends are pretty hilarious. Keep those tipsy witticisms within memory, and drink a little less!
FOR: The Artisanal Movements
If your poison of choice is commercial brands, you’re better off drinking motor oil or dirty water. If you’ve stumbled upon the pleasures of wine country, or craft beer revolutions, then we urge for continued partaking! The East and West Coast cities in particular have caught on to independent brewers and wineries, promoting and encouraging the particular art forms of the beverage master over the mass production of corporate assembly-line choices. From the basement brewer to the tap to the bodega, the movement is rising. Educate yourself while treating yourself on how sacred and diverse drinking can be!
AGAINST: The Real Deal on Health Risks
Most people can get behind one to two glasses of wine or beer a day, or a nice glass of scotch or whiskey, but going beyond this is where the risks kick in. A controversial 2010 study published in The Lancet said alcohol was the most harmful drug on the planet when considering social or personal ramifications, surpassing drugs like heroin, crack, or cocaine by a mile. As our humanoid systems simply cannot counteract the toxicity of alcohol, it alters our DNA, increasing the risk of cancerous mutations. Damage to a fetus can occur after just one night of binge drinking. The average age for an individual with liver disease is 40. We won’t even go into the history of tragic drunk driving accidents. Final word: getting wasted is not good for you.
FOR: “In Vino Veritas”
That’s Latin for: “In wine, [there is] truth.” This does not just regard telling your best friend that you’ve been in love with his aunt for years after three beers; it’s also a hat tip to the great immortal artists, writers, and thinkers. Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dorothy Parker, Faulkner, Hunter Thompson, Jackson Pollock, Orson Welles, Dean Martin, Edgar Allen Poe, Winston Churchill, Alexander the Great…this is NOT a validation of alcohol abuse, but a celebration of art produced by brilliant, sometimes tortured minds that were often addled by alcohol. Can a few glasses of wine loosen the tongue and bring out the truth? Yes, and talking about love isn’t such a bad thing.
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