Daily Archives: 09/10/2014

Calling Time on Booze Humour

After the post ‘When Friends Stop Drinking‘ about using humour to shine a light on how our friends can respond to us when we make a change it seems appropriate to share Veonica Valli’s HuffPost UK feature blog about Caitlin Moran, a well known comedienne here in the UK and her use of humour about booze.

Veronica writes:

Whenever Moran refers to drinking she always refers to getting drunk, pissed, sloshed and hung-over. She frequently recommends it as a pastime.

But she’s joking. Right?
I’m the uptight one who is taking her humour too seriously.
She’s kidding!!!!!!!!
Get over it!
Surely it’s obvious that she doesn’t mean it literally.

If she did drink the way she jokes she does, she would probably have lost her husband and children by now. She would no doubt be on anti-depressants and would feel ‘low’ most of the time. Her health would be in decline; she would have been hospitalized many times and quite possibly would have cirrhosis of the liver. Her career would most certainly be in serious trouble.

But don’t worry, she’s only joking! She doesn’t really drink like that! No harm done.
But that’s the bit that sadly isn’t true. There is plenty of harm done, more than we are willing to face up to.

Great Britain has an enormous alcohol problem that we like to pretend is only affecting a small minority, when in fact it’s causing untold damage in our society. Binge drinking is particularly damaging to young women. I’m talking about the rise in mental health problems like depression and anxiety, the impact on women’s health, their careers and relationships, the knock their self-esteem takes when they behave in ways they don’t recognize because they are drunk. The loss of productivity, the missed opportunities and wasted potential. The loss of authenticity.

It’s the dishonesty around our binge drinking culture that bothers me. The entrenched belief that binge drinking is a harmless way to have fun. The cost of binge drinking is so high that this it is evidentially not the truth yet we still we persist with our delusional thinking. And sadly Caitlin Moran is colluding with this.

Many a true word said in jest right?