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April 17, 2011

Day 3 of the 30 day challenge wants to know my views on drugs and alcohol. So…which one to talk about first. Let’s go with the easier of the two and start with alcohol. I don’t drink much. Maybe a few drinks a year. I am not opposed to drinking I just don’t ever really crave it. Every so often I want a good beer (Blue Moon with orange slices…yes!!) but more often than not I don’t ever feel like I need it. I drank enough in college to last me a lifetime. I wasn’t a heavy drinker (I have always been a “light weight”) but I would drink to drink. You know because everyone else was. (ah…peer pressure) Now as an adult, if I really want a glass of wine, a beer, or a martini then I will order one but I make sure to order it because I want it rather than because I am at a dinner party and feel like I should.

Okay drugs. This is a different ball game. I debated about how honest I wanted to be but decided that I might as well be real and not be a phony blogger. I did some drugs in college. I had a wild summer before my junior year. I had dated the same guy from my junior year of high school up until that summer (on and off for about 4 years) and when we broke up the final time I was pretty devastated and I acted out. I fell in with, not necessarily the wrong crowd but with a wild crowd. I experimented that summer with marijuana, ecstasy and even cocaine one time. I was LUCKY LUCKY LUCKY that nothing ever bad happened to me and that I never was addicted to  any of it. Like I said I was wild for one summer and then once school started again that August I was done. It was like flipping a light switch. School started and I was serious again and never did any drugs ever again. Part of me thinks that it was an experimental phase that didn’t hurt anything so that is probably why I never regretted it. But I am not so naive to think that could have easily gone another way.

I want to talk about marijuana by itself for a second though. I personally do not think that marijuana should be illegal. I have done some research (simply because it is such a hot modern topic) and I don’t think it is all that worse for us than alcohol. To me, the most dangerous part about it is the smoke inhalation rather the actual drug, THC. I personally think it should be legal because I think we spend too much money (state and federal) on the “war on drugs” which more often than not is all about weed. We spend too much money hunting it down, imprisoning the offenders and I think that money (and our tax dollars) could be spent on much more important crime and crime prevention. Rant over. 🙂

Do you care to share your thoughts or opinions on drugs and alcohol?

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  1. April 17, 2011 9:38 am

    The 30 day challenge sounds like a really great idea!

    I definitely appreciate your honesty. I feel the same way, it’s not worth blogging if you’re going to be phony!

    For me I really didn’t drink or use drugs at all in high school or college that is until my dad got diagnosed with cancer. Then I started drinking too much for a time. My sister actually died of suicide do to alcoholism so after that I pretty much stopped drinking except a cocktail or glass of wine here and there. To deal with depression in the past I tried using pot for a few weeks but found it really unhelpful and I also realized what terrible things it was doing for my lungs. Fortunately, that phase didn’t last long. So I guess like many people, I experimented some but am now an a healthy and very sober place 🙂

    • April 17, 2011 10:24 am

      Thanks for sharing Jenny. I appreciate your honesty. I am glad that through all the rough patches you have made it to a happy and healthy place! 🙂

  2. April 17, 2011 10:11 am

    Totally totally agree about marijuana. I think it’s stupid that it is illegal. I think alcohol is more dangerous that marijuana. When some people drink alcohol, they can get violent…or they think they can drive. Which ends up killing people….
    but with marijuana, people just want to sit around & laugh & eat!
    I couldn’t agree more with you 🙂

  3. April 17, 2011 10:33 am

    Thanks for being honest!

    When I was younger I definitely would drink because everyone else did — and during college I never had just one drink at parties or going out — I would drink to get drunk. When I quit smoking cigarettes I stopped drinking alcohol for a while because those 2 activities always happened together for me. Now I have 1-2 drinks here and there, but not often because it only makes me miss/crave a cigarette and I hate that feeling!

  4. April 17, 2011 11:55 am

    I’ve gone through an experimental period too. Only mine lasted more than just one summer. I think it’s easy to just get into that lifestyle when the crowd that you hang out with is also. I got to the point where I had no interest in it anymore and neither did most of my friends which worked out nicely. So my views on drugs are that I don’t do them anymore either. I agree with you about pot though.

  5. April 17, 2011 12:58 pm

    Never tried any drugs, never wanted to (scared of getting caught, scared of what would happen). I drink on occasion (I can’t ever remember if it’s 2 s’s or 2 c’s in that word) – I enjoy alcohol but seem to get drunk and a hangover too quickly – and Trent doesn’t understand to sleep in on those mornings. 🙂

    • April 17, 2011 1:50 pm

      Oh kids…hopefully I get to experience that early morning wakeup call at some point!

      Did you get my email about London??

  6. April 17, 2011 1:28 pm

    thanks for sharing that Kelly! to be honest, I truly think that anything that alters our behavior and thinking where we can’t be ourselves anymore, is potentially dangerous or risky. If there’s no necessity for it, then why do it? That’s not to say that when people come out of addictive lifestyles I don’t approve–because I’m all for that recovery! But I’ve just been around too many people whose lives were at the brink of unnecessary death or actually o.d.’d.

    • April 17, 2011 1:49 pm

      Thanks for your honestly Ellie and I am so sorry you have had to witness such destruction of lives from drugs and alcohol.

  7. April 17, 2011 2:10 pm

    Kelly – wow. THANK you for being so honest. I mean, it isn’t a shock – I’ve come to expect honesty from you and your posts, but still – thank you! 🙂

    I’ve never done drugs – just isn’t my thing. However, I LOVE me some wine. And Blue Moon with orange slices – you know it!

  8. April 17, 2011 3:16 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I love to have some wine or beer every now and then, or maybe a cocktail – but I don’t drink just to get drunk anymore, like I used to a few years back (I was also kind of lightweight though)
    I think in the US you have a little different view of marijuana than here – here it’s often the first step for people to get into the harder stuff. Don’t know why, probably because not many people use it otherwise – instead of alcohol I mean. People drink a LOT here in northern Europe though, often just to get drunk…

  9. April 17, 2011 4:07 pm

    I’m with you on all of these topics. I spent a lot of money drinking in colelge, and even now I’ll drink at parties just because I “should”, but I try to really pay attention to when I do that. It isn’t something I crave. As my friend says, “I’d rather eat my calories in chocolate.” 😀

    As for drugs, I’ve xperimented, but I’ve always been too much of a control freak. I don’t like the feeling of not having complete control, so i am not a prime drug user. I have also seen first had the effects that drug addiction has on friends and family, and it isn’t pretty. I’ve learned from other peoples’ mistakes.

  10. Kalli permalink
    April 17, 2011 5:10 pm

    kelly, thank you for being honest! i wish i did not crave alcohol…..love wine and really working on not drinking as much though. about drugs i agree marijuana should be legal.

  11. April 17, 2011 7:23 pm

    Wow, good for you for being so honest. Its not really an easy topic.
    Im sure you already know that Im a big fan of wine. So yes, I drink. And sadly 2 glass of wine makes me a little loopy. 🙂 I’ve never done serious drugs though (other than marijuana, but its not really serious is it?). I was always too scared that something would happen and I’d have to call my parents. Fear of what my father would do/say kept me away from all of that.

    • April 17, 2011 7:42 pm

      Yeah…I am coming to realize that the topics on this 30 day challenge are kind of heavy. The next 2 days are pretty honest as well! I’m a little scared 😉

  12. April 17, 2011 8:20 pm

    I love your honesty! I also love Blue Moon with an orange and agree about marijuana but you’ll have to wait a few days to read my full views 🙂

    I’m going to move to Austin so we can be real life friends, okay? Awesome.

  13. April 18, 2011 5:42 pm

    What an honest post. I like it. And it’s definitely something that most people do not talk about – at least via blogs. But I think it’s important for some people to read. I tried a few drugs but I like being in control, like Katie, and I know what those do to ones body. It’s just not for me. Alcohol on the other hand is yummy- wine…. but in moderation. I’ve done the partying thing and I think at a certain point you just grow out of it… hopefully. I also grew up with an alcoholic dad so for me, it’s just not something I’m going to repeat.
    🙂

  14. April 19, 2011 8:46 am

    your views on alcohol are very similar to my own. i think SO many people drink (even as adults) b/c of peer pressure and b/c it’s seen as the “cool” thing to do. sure, sometimes i want a glass of wine or a cocktail and, like you, i’ll have it – but i have it for ME, not b/c i feel like i should b/c everyone around me is drinking.

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