This week we interviewed a member of the community who been visiting our blog for the last few weeks and wanted to talk to us about their own experiences. We asked them a few questions about their experiences with alcohol and peer pressure, as well as their thoughts on what they could have done differently when they were drinking.
Here’s a recap of our interview!
Q. First off, how old are you?
A. I’m 22 years old.
Q. How often do you drink alcohol?
A. I actually used to drink a lot more alcohol than I do now. I used to be one of those guys who go out every weekend, I went clubbing and such all the time but now I’m more of a casual drinker – I don’t know the exact term, is it social drinker? I don’t know, I really only drink, and in low to moderate amounts, when I’m with friends and family in a social gathering or party now – I wouldn’t say I really go to any raging parties though.
Q. Is there anything in particular that contributed to this decline in drinking that you want to mention?
A. I think I just kind of realised that I was spending all my money on making myself sick to be honest, haha. I had a few slightly scary incidents that did help to put me off drinking a little; I do know of someone close to me that was hospitalised after a pretty horrible case of alcohol poisoning. They were okay in the end but it was a pretty scary situation for a bit there.
Q. Is alcohol poisoning something you’ve ever suffered from yourself?
A. Not in such an extreme way, but I have definitely been in the situation where I have had far too much to drink and completely lost track of what I was doing, and I think that any situation where you don’t have complete control of what you’re doing can potentially put both you and those around you in danger – and that’s something that is scary to me.
Q. Did you drink when you were underage?
A. Yes, I definitely drank illegally far too often and from quite a young age.
Q. What sort of impact do you think that had on your life, if any?
A. I think it really kind of numbed me to the effects that alcohol could have on people from early on – it was something that everyone was doing and I just joined in with the group.
Q. So peer pressure had a lot to do with your decisions?
A. To an extent, yeah. I think I was influenced a lot by what others were doing around me but in the end the blame can only really lie with the one who made the decisions, and that was me. Peer pressure does present a real challenge though because it really has an effect on a lot of people.
Q. Is there anything you’d do differently now if you were faced with those same situations again?
A. I think mainly I’d just try and be a little more responsible when drinking. It sounds cliché I know, but it freaks me out
a little now to realise how close a lot of my friends and I got to injuring ourselves when we were drinking so much that we had no idea what we were doing. Personally I think it’s a lot more fun to just be on the buzz alcohol gives you than to be in a state where you have no idea what your name even is anymore.
Thank-you to our anonymous interviewee for answering these few questions for us, it’s our hope that the sharing of experiences like this will help to provide advice and guidance for future readers and community members. If you have anything you’d like to share with us anonymously or not; or if you want to share your thoughts on this interview, feel free to comment or send us an email – we’d love to hear from you!