Balancing Alcohol, Drugs and Fun
There’s no way around it, alcohol and drugs are super fun 🥳. Anything that can help you relax, have fun or open your mind sounds great to me. I’ve developed some of my best (and often unusual 🤪) ideas when slightly drunk or high. And the impact of those ideas lasts way past the effects of the substance.
I see little difference between these kind of substances and gaming, bad foods, exercise, sex or anything else you do for pleasure. They can all give you great experiences, but can come with downsides and addictive tendencies as well. Each just has a different balance of rewards, costs (short and long term) and levels of addiction.
Becoming addicted to anything is bad 👎 (except for an addiction to antique globe collecting 🌍). And the road to becoming an addict can be a slippery one, so you want to stay way clear from the turning point.
But as long as you do stay clear and are very aware of the short and long term negative effects of any substance you take, keep experimenting 👨🔬.
For me, I’ve been very aware of the quantity of alcohol I drink 🍻. And take measures to ensure I don’t fall into addictive tendencies and am not dependant on it:
- Tracking daily alcohol intake and viewing trends to check I’m in control
- Social pressure, by sharing my drinking process and goals with people who can hold me accountable
- Pre committing to not drinking on certain days/events
- Getting an online coach to help double check that my drinking habits don’t lead to dependency
So as long as I’m on the right side of addiction, I’d no longer stop drinking or taking drugs as I would stop exercising, gaming or having weird monkey style sex 😉🐒.