Who doesn’t like to have a drink or two on occasion? Well, there are some people who are recovering alcoholics (you can probably name one right now), or people who are on such a cocktail of medications, they can’t take the risk. There’s some people who can’t drink because they’re on probation or parole. And there’s people who have religious objections against drinking, and we respect them. Then...there’s the rest of us.
We’re talking about the soccer moms who love having a good glass of Chardonnay or Moscato while chatting with fellow moms about toddler tantrums, sleep deprivation, Facebook, Instagram, date nights with the hubby, working out, and keeping their marriages alive, not to mention exciting.
We’re talking about the sales guys at the office who hit the local dive bar after meeting their quarterly goals, and the small house parties where we get together with our closest friends and everybody brings “what they like to drink.” Let’s not forget the college kids who are learning the difference between ales, lagers, pilsners, malts, ambers, blondes and darks – and we’re not talking about hair color preferences.
Then you’ve got the sports fanatics. During football season living rooms and sports bars everywhere are filled with guys (and gals), young and old shouting at flat screen TVs, and giving each other high-fives. Of course, the beer is flowing freely and what’s football without beer, wings and chips?
We live in America, and that means we drink alcohol at virtually every joyous occasion. From baby showers to Christmas dinners, to Fourth of July barbeques, to birthday parties and everything in between, it’s hard to escape the liquor, but who’s complaining? But all this talk about alcohol brings us to the dark side of drinking…
THE ‘DARK SIDE’ OF DRINKING
Lots of Orange County residents drink. Whether they’re in college, or welcoming their third grandchild, drinking is a huge part of our society. Unfortunately, too many of us think that we are indestructible. Despite all the anti-drinking and driving education some drivers undoubtedly receive, they drink and drive weekly because they think they can handle their alcohol, and they think they won’t get caught. Some people even do it with their kids in the backseat on the way home from a family gathering.
If you’re in the habit of drinking and driving, we urge you to please drink responsibly and rethink your behaviors. All it takes is one mistake, or one crash to take your life, or the lives of others. What’s the safest, healthiest goal you can set for 2018 and beyond? To stop drinking and driving, period.