Hey, I’ll let you in on a little secret…I’m freakin tired of the ‘glorification of alcohol’ on social media.
Now let me just state I could give a rats fat (what even is that?!) if people do choose to consume alcohol, I’m not a total killjoy. Where I get turned off is the constant photos of alcohol, ‘needing’ it to get through life and telling me every time you ‘crack’ open a bottle or fill your bucket glass of wine. My social media feeds are filled with photos and hashtags that are alcohol related and I don’t understand when this became acceptable or even necessary.
Now here’s why I find it unnecessary, I grew up the child of alcoholics.
Both my natural father and mother are drunks, let’s call it what it really is hey…I only grew up with one of these parents but alcohol played a part in that too when my father hightailed it outa my infant life never to be seen again until I was 16.
I have extended family members who are alcoholics and let me tell you, I saw too much as a kid and watching an adult who reaches for wine every day to ‘get through’ or ‘block shit out’…it’s the pits.
I’ve had alcohol, I’ve even been drunk a few times but I choose to steer clear of alcohol for a number of reasons. Depression runs rife in my family and I’m not immune, alcohol is not your friend if you suffer from any mental health issues…nuff said. I don’t like being outa control…and alcohol while great for ‘loosening up’ is an altering substance that can tip me past the ‘loose’ stage to ‘messy’ with just ‘one extra drink’. My health is important to me and alcohol is detrimental to my health. I also don’t like hangovers, hot flushes and birdcage mouth.
When I say I don’t drink alcohol people laugh and take the piss. For some reason it’s seen as weird and anti social to not drink…it’s almost ‘un Australian’.
Yeah well seeing people on social media raising their wine glass every day is weird…even weirder when some people post yoga and smoothie pics in the morning then alcohol at night. Does that feel weird to you?
The biggest reason I’m not a drinker? I’m raising two sons and I’ve worked hard to educate them about alcohol and model good behaviour.
It’s been hard work especially with the footy and cricket club culture and now…social media. Ten years ago all the advertising in regards to campaigning against binge drinking and drink driving was targeted towards males, but these days I reckon we need to turn the tables and look at women.
It might all seem harmless but once again…I’m raising sons. I want ‘everyone’ who posts alcohol related images to think about their influence and the impact these images can have.
Social media is an influencer, one that my boys read everyday. I don’t want these constant messages making it ok to drink everyday, raise glasses the size of buckets or sending the message that alcohol is medicinal or necessary.
It’s a tough gig parenting teens and these messages add to that. Let me just say too, everyone is entitled to post what they like and let’s face it I’m an adult and I just scroll past, but kids aren’t the same.
Alcohol is a substance that intoxicates, It’s addictive and if abused can be the catalyst to life altering horror.
I know right, who would have thought that a ‘cute’ glass of wine might be linked to rape, murder, drink driving, one punch deaths, abuse and more. Yeah fucking alcohol is at the root of lots of problems.
Now you might be able to handle your tipple but ‘advertising and glorifying’ it on social media with carefully shot photos all filtered and pretty is sending a message to our youth… and for some members of society it’s a slap in the face and a reminder of things they might like to forget.
Alcoholics, the abused, kids from violent homes, adults fleeing domestic violence…might not appreciate those filtered fizzy photos.
When I’m at an event and I see people taking photos of their alcohol and posting it I’m disturbed. Why? Why do people need to post their alcohol pics? Why not post a pic of the actual event? Is it because they think it’s cool? Enlighten me.
I’m all for people enjoying themselves and having the odd drink but be very careful of the message you’re sending, you just might be influencing others with your pics of an addictive substance.
What’s your thoughts on constantly seeing alcohol in your news feeds?
Do you think social media is an influence on youth? Maybe it influences you?
Have you ever thought of how others might perceive your grog shots?