It’s crazy how “I need a drink” is what we think of after a tough day, like it’s the natural response, AND it’s the natural response for people around us too! “Let me pour you a drink”, “do you want to go for a drink?” It’s not just the tough days but exciting days too “woohoo! That’s great! Let’s go for drinks to celebrate!”, “Cheers!”
How did it get like this? Why did it get like this? Why weren’t flowers the go-to? Or tea? Or ice cream? The world would be a lot different if ice cream was used in place of alcohol after bad days or sad days or days that needed to be celebrated. Ice cream wouldn’t be a leading cause of fatal car accidents, domestic abuse and murder. You could legally have ice cream when you’re underage, driving and pregnant (even have it if you’re all three of those at the same time!)
Drinking is so ingrained on us, so shoved in our faces and there, present everywhere. Tv commercials, billboards, ads on hockey rinks, ads in magazines, radio commercials, everywhere. Once they decided that smoking was bad for us, they stopped allowing their ads everywhere and yet they don’t do that with alcohol. Here’s my solution to the vast majority of society’s problems – dump all the alcohol marketing and replace them with flowers, tea and ice cream ones.
I’m going to start responding to people’s bad, sad or celebratory days with “can I run you a bath? Make you some tea? Would you like to go to a movie or out for some ice cream? Yahoo, lets go for ice cream to celebrate!” Why not? ☺️