Drinking alcohol socially is not only accepted by our society, it is often encouraged. My dad would come home from work at 4:30 and at 4:32 I would hear the crisp pop of his beer can tab. This distinct sound became an alarm to whoever was home indicating that dad had arrived.
There were only a handful of times where I remembered him having a second beer. Saturday and Sunday at around 4:30 the kitchen resonated with the familiar sound of an ice cold beer opening. He was a prime example of a social drinker.
My brother, who was six years older than me, followed the same pattern of social drinking. I thought I was going to drink socially by stopping at one or two drinks when I grew older. Unfortunately, I enjoyed the feeling of inebriation. Furthermore, it was common for me to have five or six beers once I popped open the first can. This indulging habit continued for several years until I replaced it with the vice of daily marijuana smoking.
Although my consumption of alcohol reduced drastically after being introduced to marijuana, yet there were many times I would be high and drunk simultaneously. The facts below are not derived from statistics or probability studies. They are results of years of experience with alcohol and marijuana.
Would often cause anger and rage Usually light-hearted and withdrawn
Faster and careless driving Slower and cautious driving
Would crave a marijuana buzz Satisfied with drinking water or soda
Less respect for others Conscience of others feelings
Loud and boisterous talking Reserved and mild speaking
Creative activity dulled Creative activity ignited
Hangovers—sick to stomach afterward Cloudy thinking—no sick feeling
Would miss work if I drank too much Never missed work from being high
These are just a few effects which I experienced with drinking alcohol and smoking pot for several years. If I didn’t have and addictive personality, I may still be partaking in these substances. I have refocused my addictive energies into more constructive habits such as writing, photography, and music. I have to be aware that these constructive activities can still take away from family and social events.
Although marijuana may be medically beneficial for some people, daily ingestion may stifle our potential to rise to the top of our gifts and ambitions. If only one of these substances could be legal, my vote would be for marijuana. I have seen alcohol completely ruin and destroy lives.
To learn more about the long-term effects of daily marijuana use, please download my book “30 Years High”. You will be enlightened.
D. Jack Oswald