Monday, September 29, 2008

Drink think

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?


Jared said...

If we're talking about people in their mid-20s and older, I think the question is does it really matter? By this point in life we should know what we are capable of doing after having X drinks in a public setting. If you're in a relationship and you make out with a stranger you're either irresponsible or unfaithful, who wants to deal with either one of those?

Chrissie said...

Ahh... good point Jared. Perhaps it is a matter of being "irresponsible," that in itself isn't an "excuse," but it's by no means attractive either.

Anonymous said...

it's a matter of excusing actions vs. excusing intentions vs. excusing responsibility.

"i was drunk" excuses the action. it doesn't excuse the responsibility.

as for the intentions... well, so rarely are we honest with ourselves or others about our intentions... drunk or otherwise.

Rachael said...

Nope. It neither excuses the action, nor the liability. It merely enhances what's already there