This post has been on my mind for a while, and the recent CBC Firsthand documentary, Girls Night Out, confirmed that my heart was in the right place. The doc was about the relationship between young women and drinking, and it really hit home with me for so many reasons.
My relationship with alcohol began a long time ago. It quickly developed into something unhealthy and dependent, but to my friends and society at large, it seemed completely normal. And the sad part is that it was normal.
At the risk of sounding like a PSA, binge drinking among teens and young women has become all too familiar and common. It’s simply accepted as the thing to do on weekends, and no one stops to think how they’re treating their bodies, or worse, their emotional bodies.
Not only does it take a serious toll on your organs, but alcohol acts as a mask for body image issues, a lack of self-confidence, and a feeling of being trapped in your every day life. I know because I was there. I turned to alcohol to feel free, to feel more fun and confident; and deep down, I knew that at some point, I would have to deal with those problems head-on, instead of taking the easy way out.
It’s been just over a month since I stopped drinking for good. But I already feel more energetic, more productive and more confident. There are so many things you can do with your weekends once you’re not hungover, and it’s such an amazing feeling to walk out into the sunshine and feel HEALTHY.
All along, I knew I didn’t want to keep drinking, but I had become dependent on it. But there’s always a way out! Go out with your friends and drink soda waters. Practice being open and free without alcohol. Work on your confidence and self-love. Because you’re most definitely worth it.