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I Only Smoke When I Drink

A common theme among party goers usually will consist of substance friendly types of people. So when there is a gathering of people who drink alcohol, often, they are comfortable being around people who indulge in other substances, particularly cigarettes and cigars.

If you ask a common party meister whether or not they smoke, a common answer will be “only when I’m drinking.” Now, of course it depends on the person in the situation, but often some of these people will be drinking so often that cigarettes become a part of their party lifestyle. Both of these substances are highly addictive, so it is not out of the ordinary for someone who is addicted to one of the substances to be addicted to the other, especially if they began using one substance with the other. It could start to turn into a lifestyle where someone who drinks will always have a cigarette with their alcohol. And since they are drinking frequently, they probably are smoking frequently as well. Vice versa could be true as well.  (more…)

Wine Country

Part of having a wealthy lifestyle definitely includes partaking in fancy parties and affair with your other wealthy friends. Although it probably does not seem like it, I myself was once apart of the wealthier tier of people, and living in California of all places.

When I reached the higher tier of class, I noticed since I had more time to socialize, it was somewhat mandatory if I wanted to also have friends who fancied themselves as  being among the finer classes of life. But, the best apart about me entering the ranks of these people was that I was already quite familiar with being a social butterfly at these gatherings, albeit, raised a different kind of way than most of the other people here.

Entering into the stratosphere of the wealthy class was somewhat an enlightening experience for me, because I was able to see that many of these people were just like me, and they had collected themselves and established that their time was important and they wanted to socialize with other like minded people. This led to attending the same functions with the same groupings of people time and time again, and really gave me a chance to become close with a wide array of people.

Some of our particular gatherings took place at resorts, mansions, and other large venues, where most often, there would be a wide variety of drinks at each of these locations, which would really ease off some of the jitters that I had and really helped me get into the socializing and conversational person that I am.

When I was living in California, many of our gatherings took place throughout wine country. Napa, CA is known for it’s wine, as well as it’s upscale party life for the wealthier individuals. There are many fantastic locations that are somewhat isolated from the city folk and when you are at these events, they are basically no worries except having to deal with the occasional uppity individual. But truly, I met some wonderful people here whom I would call my friends for life.

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Role the Media Plays

As we become more and more entrenched in this society that goes to their job and rewards themselves with TV, video games, and other pointless entertainment devices, one thing has remained constant, the United State’s citizens sure do love their alcohol.

For some reason, the media loves to feed us TV shows that depict less than sub-par human beings divulging in chaotic life experiences that almost always involve some sort of feud. I don’t know if there is an audience in America that just loves to watch other people have their arguments or get into fistfights, or whatever else is going on TV, but it has made it’s way into every category of TV. From the “Learning Channels,” to E!, to A&E, to ABC, all of these networks are displaying reality television as their now primary forms of entertainment. It’s kind of a low stoop below what we deserve as human, but nevertheless, there is a crowd that just can’t seem to step away from what’s going on in the Housewives of Los Angeles lives or trying to keep up with the Kardashians and the Jenner’s.

It’s not just on TV now though, it is covering Youtube, Facebook, Snapchat, even our journalism websites, and even websites that try to separate from those kinds of people, you hear me Reddit? (more…)

What Heavy Drinking Does To You

With this growing population of young drinkers, a big concern that many of us adults have have lived through that time period in our lives will ask them is, “Can you handle it?”

The early 20’s of a person’s life can make or break their future, or at least for the short term of it. Once a person graduates high school and truly enters the adult life, a lot of the world really starts to show it’s true colors and hit them right between the eyes. For the college graduates, some will get a job, some will focus on school, and some will do both. But, for a lot of these social people, partying has it’s place.

Many people say live fast and live it up while you are long. Some better advice would be think smart, think logically, and ask yourself, “is this what I should be doing right now.”

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For the party animals. Are you going to be able to handle partying at the same time as going to school or working to earn a living? Is the party effect having an affect on your mental stability? Is the alcohol affecting your cognitive thinking? If you answered yes to any of those questions, it may time to take a good hard look at the path you are heading down in your life.

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I have seen first hand alcohol affect many of my friend’s lives. Some of the most ambitious people I ever knew in High School turned out to be lame drunkards 10 years later, and to this day, some of them are still doing the same old song and dance.

Alcohol makes sleeping a problem for people. Your brain cannot fully and repair itself as easily. If you are working a job it could greatly affect your performance on the clock. If you are a student, it could affect the ability to retain information for a period of time.

Upon graduating from college, I had not retained much of the information that I was supposedly learning in class. The only job I could find was killing bed bugs to earn my paycheck. The mixture of being hungover and dealing with the chemical fumes that I was inhaling really made my brain go through some foggy phases. I do not really remember about a year and a half of my life while I had that job. My social life was still going great, and I was partying on the regular, but since I was drinking quite often, I was never in a good mindset when I would wake up to head out for work.

I struggled with overcoming obstacles for quite a while in my early life. I was addicted to alcohol, but most of all, I was addicted to being social. And as I came to find out, so was everyone else who I was hanging out with. They were fueling my addiction while I was in part fueling theirs. It took years for me to realize this, but once I did, I started to analyze the steps I had taken in my life. (more…)

How Many Heavy Drinkers Do You Know

Alcohol is the most socially acceptable drug of choice. People who drink are definitely looked upon more favorably than anyone who smokes, no matter the substance. For some reason, alcohol has always been given an okay name by most people. Early on in life, once you are legally allowed to drink, so begins the time of many future alcoholics path down the hill. Most people’s 21st birthday consists of a celebration of sorts and nearly always will consist of helping the birthday person get wasted. After that birthday, now they are old enough to buy drinks, go to bars, hit the clubs, and do all the sorts of fun stuff. But because that person was restricted from tasting alcohol before that age, it can often turn into a lengthy celebration of a milestone being reached, which could turn ugly.

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That first year as a 21 year old is so important, because once alcohol is legally able to be purchased, a person’s habits can be tested.This period in a lifetime can decide whether or not a person can function by having the ability to get alcohol whenever the want, or the opposite. Some people can handle drinking a minimal amount of alcohol whenever they go out and stay at happen, and they can keep themselves from getting overly intoxicated.  (more…)

Good Times, Bad Times, Not the Same

Going through college and truly living the college experience is an exciting thing to do coming fresh out of high school. Elementary school, middle school, and high school are kind of hard just because of all the rules that you have to face. And if you were not a fan of authority when you were younger like I was, then you could possibly understand the emotions in this post.

College can be the first time and many people’s lives when they truly feel free for once in life. Going through the lower levels of education, people are no doubt living under their parent’s roof and possibly abiding by some sort of a set of rules. After being persecuted by teachers and higher authority until you turn 18 can turn out to be a stressful way of living once you realize you are finally free. Since some people go away from college or move out of their parent’s house, it can turn into a reckless time. People may be spending too much time realizing that they are no longer under authority and spend too much time celebrating that fact. One of those people was certainly me.

After I finally broke free from the clutches of adult “authority” and realized that I am one of them now, I joined a fraternity out of some of the money I took out with student loans. My thinking was that this would help me meet new friends and form the connections that I believed that I needed coming out of college.

Well, one of the features of being a fraternity meant a lot of drinking. A lot of it was actually forced drinking, which made me believe that I had to enjoy drinking if I wanted to be apart of their group and be able to fit in. This extended to me getting used to the fact that I had to drink in many social situations, because, it turns out, peer pressure is a real and true thing. (more…)

After College

After you graduate or leave college upon finding a job, make sure your life is an order before adding too many hectic plans into your life. One of the problems with the drinking and partying in college is some people adapt to that lifestyle, even when they can not fully handle it.

When I was in college, I was in a fraternity. Our fraternity’s goals every day seemed to be to drink more and rage harder, and do it for longer than you did the night before. Sometimes we would be raging in for so many days in a row where I would sleep in my bed for an entire day, ultimately never doing nothing for that day.

The lifestyle was fun, for awhile, before I began to be dependent on the lifestyle. Little did I know, I was slowly becoming addicted to not only alcohol, but the lifestyle of the constant party life. Every night, I was hyped to hang out with all my friends and just get blasted.

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The students who get A’s receive the highest paying jobs, people with B’s get the steady jobs, and people with C’s get the degrees. What’s a degree mean when you did not really acquire many skills in school because you were so busy partying you did not learn enough to acquire a sufficient amount of information to become even a skilled worker? You step into the manual labor lifestyle, and that’s exactly what happened with me.  (more…)

What Not To Do

I want to share with you all the dangers of drinking, and while this blog will share some of the many good times I have had, there is a lot of info on how to avoid going down the treacherous road of becoming an alcoholic. I believe that now more than ever, getting drunk has somehow become the cool thing to do. The peer influence taking place and the glamourization of beer and liquor has taken a huge turn and affected how many people are falling down the road to addiction. I am here to try and keep you all informed, and this post is going to be about the things NOT TO DO WHEN DRINKING. (more…)

Greek Life Alcohol Shenanigans

If you’ve ever been to a college campus you know there’s too much drinking involved.  When I say too much drinking involved I mean there’s a lot of alcoholics in the making.  High School seniors be warned, choose your friends wisely as they may change your life forever.  The college life influences students into making decisions they shouldn’t of made. It’s so easy for college students to mess around and not get anything done.  Part of the reason I disliked college was because of the attitude and behavior most kids had.  Most of the kids waste a lot of time drinking and partying not thinking for a second how they can make it in life.  The attitude is, “I’ll make it in the future, but right now I’m just going to party my ass off.”
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Whether you go to Iowa or Michigan you’ll see drinking everywhere.  Bars, dorms, apartments, and houses are all filled with college kids getting wasted.  I should add not all college kids are getting wasted but the majority are.  It really doesn’t matter if there under or over age there’s going to be a lot of drinking. Often times the worst college kids with drinking problems are the ones underage.
 
If you haven’t already seen or heard about Greek life you will on a college campus.  Schools big or small in whatever state take advantage of Greek life.  Greek life consists of fraternities and sororities partying all the time.  If paying every month to have friends, parties, and a shitty liver after four years sounds fun to you then Greek life is your path.  Trust me, I did it in college.  Greek life is one of the biggest influences on college kids becoming alcoholics.  It’s a fact that most boys and girls coming out of high school will be manipulated into thinking Greek life is cool.  Yes, it may be fun to bang a lot of girls and party all weekend, but not at the expense of your parent’s hard earned money.
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Looking back I would have done a couple different things entering college.  For starters I wouldn’t have had a girlfriend during the first semester as too much pressure was built up from her.  Secondly, I would have waited till my second semester to rush a fraternity or at least see how my other friends did in fraternities.  In the dorm halls there was already a lot of drinking to begin with.  Sneaking in alcohol was too easy as a freshman.  Especially being that alcohol doesn’t really have a smell to it.
 
There’s a lot to take in as an incoming freshman, but the biggest thing to consider is what kind of life you desire after college.  Like I said not all kids in college were alcoholics.  There was a select few that wanted something big out of life, but they were not popular at all.  In college you have to ask yourself if you want to be successful or popular.  It’s very difficult to separate yourself from the crowd in college.  Many kids enter college from all different cities and financial backgrounds.  You have to be self disciplined into saying no to people when it’s time to work.
College is a fun time, it truly is.  Don’t succumb to the majority mindset.  If all your friends are out getting drunk every night maybe you need to reevaluate your friend circle.  After all the you are who you hang out with.  If you’re trying to be successful in life than getting drunk in college is probably the farthest thing from getting you one step closer to where you want to be.   college life 3