Yes, I said it…
Drinking is most definitely a religion.
Here are the bullet points as to why!
1. It is ritualistic
People tend to drink at the same times and use the same methods from week to week.
2. It is an object of worship
Yes, people take it upon themselves to worship the specific form of alcohol they like the best. They pay tribute to this lessor god that takes them to a place of non-feeling or extreme emotion through their payment to its makers/distributors.
3. Like Religion, it can be used for good and/or evil.
No, I am not necessarily saying that all drinking is bad, but the ritual element is just as psychologically addictive as the substance itself. Going out with friends can be addictive, looking for a new mate can be addictive, gawking at beautiful people can be addictive, getting dressed up for attention can be addictive, looking like a big shot who buys others drinks can be addictive, and socializing so you don’t have to come to terms with your inner self can also be addictive.
4. Alcohol is rife with (dark) symbolism.
Yes, almost every container of alcohol dawns some kind of odd symbols within the logo on the label. People subconsciously dismiss this, but it’s a very poignant issue in the discussion. What about the blood-sucking vampiric bat of Bacardi or the demon on arrogant bastard ale? Harmless, I doubt it. They play to your need to indulge your dark side and bring out those “Wine and Spirits”! Don’t fool yourself, nothing in the alcohol industry is all that harmless.
5. The industry is run by people who seek control.
They want your time and your money and your motivation. You can mask the pain, but alcohol offers no long-term emotional outlet. Those looking to improve their lives are usually unable to harness a positive out of alcohol. Yes, it can be used for bonding amongst peers, but amongst all of the Buddha’s, only Lu Dongbin from the Chinese pantheon was truly able to harness the alchemical properties of alcohol to serve his spiritual purposes.
Drinking is obviously alright in moderation, but for most people, it’s a trap and a stumbling block on the path to inner peace or balance in daily life. Again, some people are cool with it and never have an issue, but for the most part, you are unwittingly taking part in a religion that you may or may not want to be a part of.
Have a great week and let me know your thoughts!