That is BULLSHIT!

Wednesday 27 Aug, 2014, 4:30pm by Mrs D 76 comments

“You’ll never have fun at a party again if you stop drinking.”

That is BULLSHIT! A party is fun if you are with good friends or relatives, you’re relishing the fact that you’re not at work, you’re happy in your outfit & are in a good mood, the nibbles are delicious, they play your favorite music, the jokes are funny, you’re bonding with new people. Booze does not have all the power to make parties fun.

“I’ll never enjoy a romantic evening sitting on a hotel balcony with my partner staring out at the ocean if I can’t share in a martini with them.”

That is BULLSHIT! Of course you can enjoy a wonderful romantic moment on a hotel balcony without booze. You’re in a hotel! On holiday! Looking at the ocean! Not at work! With your lover! Why does booze have all the power to make that moment special. It is special just because of what it is.

“I can’t properly celebrate my children’s weddings if I can’t toast the bride and groom with champagne.”

That is BULLSHIT! You’re at your child’s wedding for pete’s sake. They’ve met someone they’re supremely happy with and they’re making a big public commitment to each other. All your extended family are there and everyone is so happy. You have new clothes on and have had your hair & makeup done especially (or if you’re a bloke maybe you’ve trimmed your nasal hair..!). Delicious food is on offer and fun music is to come and there will be heartfelt speeches. Why does the lack of champagne in your glass detract from this amazing day?

“I’ll never be able to de-stress from my busy week with a nice glass of red wine at home on a Friday evening.”

That is BULLSHIT! Ok so there won’t be red wine but it’s Friday! You’re at home! Work has finished for the week! You can put your comfy loose-elasticated pants and slippers on. There’s a delicious meal cooking and some good TV to look forward to. The phone is tucked away and you have two days of relaxation ahead. Red wine doesn’t de-stress… it temporarily pushes aside and (often) makes things worse in the long run. Look at the other relaxation measures you can take and fill that wine-glass with something far lovelier than shitty booze and sleep well for once..!

You get the point. Please feel free to add your own examples of this ‘That is BULLSHIT’ technique below. We are so hard-wired to believe all these myths about alcohol and what it offers to our lives and how it is all-powerful to make events special and fun. Once you start calling ‘BULLSHIT’ on all these thoughts it’s so freeing.

Because really… all of it is bullshit. That’s what I think anyway.

Love, Mrs D xxx

76 comments

  1. Watergirl, you will never get to sleep without me. You need me to get you to sleep.
    That’s BULLSHIT, I have had the best sleep in the last five weeks with out you .!!

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  2. You can’t enter into a room full of people for the works christmas party without a few drinks to give you confidence – BULLSHIT. How hard was it to walk that tightrope, enough to supposedly try and relax but not so much that you got too drunk. You actually feel far more confident sober as you know you don’t need to worry about how much you’re going to drink.

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    1. Oh yes, the BIG CON BULLSHIT TRICK! I’m still taking baby steps but love this idea of the Fast Forward ( fuck off) Bullshit Button. It’s like the ejector seat button in a fighter plane or James Bond 007 fast cars.

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  3. Got one! I wont be able to share my deepest hardest secrets with friends unless I am a bit pissed. Well that is total BULLSHIT!!! If I know them well enough, of course I can. And if I don’t know them well enough, then I shouldn’t anyway – and would only regret getting boozed and “telling all” anyway.

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    1. So true! I’m guilty of spilling the beans on a few things when I was pissed and regretted it deeply the next day. Now I have experienced restraint and it feels good.

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  4. I wont be funny when I am sober! That’s BULLSHIT!!! When I am funny, I am fucking funny, and when I am just being a dick, I am that too. More likely to be a dick when pissed than funny anyway :)

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    1. Ditto. I’m quick with funny one-liners when I’m sober. When I’m pissed I can’t think quick enough. And when I do, they’re never as funny.

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  5. You can’t make new friends without alcohol being involved.
    That is BULLSHIT!
    None of the great friendships i have exist because of alcohol. They were made in school, in university classes, during work hours, at the school again as a parent and they remain because of everything other than alcohol. I had one friend where alcohol was actually the key to our friendship, and guess what? I didn’t last.

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  6. You won’t have anything to ‘do’ in the evenings without your nightly bottle of wine, life will be boring. That is bullshit! Suddenly you will have so much to do; like interacting with other human beings, actually taking in what you read and watch on TV, going out and meeting people, truly feeling emotions, genuinely engaging in life. Suddenly that solitary, lonely bottle of wine seems like the boring alternative to a full and fun evening.

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    1. I really do not know how I am going to function without my brew. Its been a dear friend to me for such a long time. We have spent a lot of good times together; especially when I am lonely. I really don’t know how I am going o make it. Im so scared and excited. Im a soft 40 something and really dont have a true desire to quit, but I know I can’t keep on living like this. I constantly feel like I’m the only one here on the planet with this pain I feel. email me if you want to. Im not a self-pitty person, but sometimes I cant get passed being mad at others for their inefficiencies. [email protected] give me a chat

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    2. Absolutely! I cringe when I think about all the nights I wasted sitting out on the deck by myself, getting drunk. Never doing that again! There is so much more to do sober!!!

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    3. Well said! Not having to read the same page over ‘cos the next night you can’t remember what you read in your book the night before!

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  7. You will lose the favourite “fun” people in your life because you aren’t the fun, hilarious person you used to be. That is total Bullshit. In fact because now you are listening properly you can be more of a friend than ever and form even better, deeper relationship. Yes better.

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    1. Last year, I was in the midst of one of my never drinking again phases. (Sadly it was only a phase, but THIS year’s phase will be forever). Anyway, I went to a massive family party, a 50th wedding anniversary for my in laws. I was not feeling great and was really struggling not to drink. I just felt like sitting in a corner and having quiet one to one conversations with whoever fancied a long chat. I ended up having a fabulous one hour chat with my nephew – I knew he was feeling very troubled, although I did not know exactly why at the time, and we ended up discussing authenticity and how it is good to do what you want and not what others expect. Anyway, fast forward a year and it is said nephew’s 18th party with speeches. He stands up and thanks ME for the amazing chat we had the previous year, and says thank you for always being there to REALLY talk to.
      How amazing is that , what BULLSHIT to think that we need alcohol in our lives. Now I am feeling all teary !!!!!

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    2. Well said Squizzi
      And to go along with that theme, the people that say oghh how are we going to have fun now without you….. that is bullshit too…

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  8. You can’t play social sport without having a beer afterwards in the changing room with your mates, otherwise you won’t fit in. That is Bullshit.. :-)

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