I ‘ll start this post with a politically incorrect statement: it’s really a pleasure to get drunk. That’s it, I’ve said it. But now, let me explain.
I’m not intending to develop all the biological process that takes place when you drink too much, but only focus in the effects. I feel I’m the kind of person that when drinking beyond limits, I turn myself into a cheering one. I laugh a lot, I even say all kind funny things. I obviously feel relaxed, and enjoy the time. But even in the best of cases, we all know what follows the next day.
Same happens with cigarettes. I started smoking late (at 37) and I kept on doing it because I liked it, I wasn’t following a social pattern. It was a pleasure (I say “was” for I quit smoking 7 years later). But didn’t like the “smell” on your hair, hands and clothes and most of all, the throat sore.
I never been on drugs, but I assume there must be very similar processes, at the peak of (false) satisfaction and the bitter “after taste”.
My next statement is not new, that many social behaviours and activities, act quite like alcohol, tobacco and/or drugs, starting with religion, but following with massive sport events (football, american football, baseball, and so on), Television, Computer games (exception made for flight simulators … 😉 ).
All of them, when you do without, will let you with a sense of emptiness you won’t know what to fill with.
Usually, we grab the quickest solution: more of the same “medicine”.
Lately, all of us, one way or the other, are quite discouraged, disappointed, angry at the way the system (whichever it is: Capitalism, Socialism, Democracy), not only gives prizes to those who failed to prevent the current crisis, but mostly delivers “punishments” to the rest of Society, as being mostly responsible for the catastrophe. And in spite of this, we keep on voting the same corrupt politicians, under the same election system, with the same (already known) results.
So, to make a long story short, just to avoid the hangover effect, to try to elude the unpleasant moment of emptiness (which will last until we find what really fulfills ourselves), we keep on drinking, smoking, voting, going to church, and searching all kind of therapies.
But life is what you make it, there are no short-cuts, no mitigating crutches, to make it easier for you to find your own way.
You/we MUST put yourself/ourselves to work on it, as soon as possible.