Is it Social Drinking or Social Problem? Where Do You Draw the Line?

Several weeks ago, a young woman confided in me that she had drank so much that she literally passed out on the sidewalk of a busy street. Fortunately for her, she was picked up by the police, and carted off to jail, where she spent the night.

When I think about the risks to which that young woman was exposed, I literally shudder. Jail for her was what saved her from possible rape, abduction, and even murder.

Unfortunately, we live in an unsafe world. There are countless opportunistic crimes occurring every day. Imagine a sociopath out for a ride, and seeing some beautiful, mini-skirted girl lying unconscious on a sidewalk. Maybe he wasn’t out looking for it; maybe he was on a  cigarette run, but there it is, his chance to molest her, to sell as a sex slave, or to take home, torture, rape, and then kill her. I’m not being overly dramatic here. If you listen to the news, you’ll learn that this goes on way too much.

So I get that “Girls Just Want to Have Fun,” as Cyndi Lauper sang years ago. But since when does drinking until one passes out, fun? The excessive drinking, the blackout, the risk taking, the hangover? The possibility of dying, or killing someone in a car crash. Is that fun?

On February 9, 2013, 21-year-old Olivia Carolee Culbreath killed six people when she drove on the wrong side of the 60 Freeway in Fontana, in an alcohol-related accident. I guess she was one of those girls who just “wanted to have fun.” She will not be having such a great time in jail for the rest of her life.

If you’re out to have a good time, by all means, have a few drinks (make sure you have a designated driver with you the whole time), but don’t drink until you lose yourself, until you are nothing but a brainless body, like trash on the street, for anyone to take advantage of.
Below is a video—an example of what can happen to any young woman who’s had “too much fun.”

WARNING –  The content of this video is very disturbing, so please use caution.

You can enjoy yourself. By all means do, but don’t allow yourself to lose consciousness; to lose the ability to take care of yourself, to know what is going on at any given moment. There have been way too many stories of girls gang-raped and killed because they were so wasted, they didn’t even know it was happening. I repeat: that is not fun! That is humiliating and dangerous.

Love yourself enough to stay conscious. To live your life as you are meant to. Just Love and Respect yourself enough.