Monday, September 29, 2008
We all make excuses for our behavior.
Whether it’s a hope to have others understand our motives or to relieve ourselves of blame, there are sometimes moments in life where we want an excuse.
But there’s one “reason” that seems to hold no merit. It doesn’t absolve anyone of guilt or shame, but rather intensifies it.
And that is the common heard explanation for poor decision-making: “I was drunk.”
Drunk. Drunk. Drunk.
It’s the reason you said “that” to your best friend (again).
It’s the reason you kissed your ex.
It’s the reason you woke up in another county without your cell phone, cab fare, or memory.
But is it an “excuse” at all?
Or is it just a crutch?
Because if you make the choice to drink, aren’t you making the choice to hinder your ability to make responsible decisions later on?
Or can we actually blame the alcohol itself, that after each sip, gulp, shot, we’re impaired in a way that allows for misjudgment.
A side effect of alcohol is impaired decision making.
It slows our motor skills and judgment. It slurs our speech and lowers our inhibitions.
And so, it changes us.
But does it excuse us?