You don't need alcohol to have fun - Norman Alagha
As a 20 year old who loves to go out with siblings, mates and cousins, I often find myself having a great time partying at a mates house, family barbecues and clubs. With the vast majority of people I hang out with being around my age, we typically enjoy a few drinks on a night out. Whether it be a few shots to start our night off, or a couple glasses of whisky to enjoy with a barbecue, alcohol is always on offer and taken up.
Australia has a massive drinking culture, and the nightclub scene, which was packed every weekend prior to Covid, is evidently fuelled by alcohol. This means that many young adults like myself are always enjoying a few alcoholic drinks when we are out partying and having fun. For many people, drinking allows them to loosen up and enjoy themselves more than when they are sober. Some people that I know, once being introduced to alcohol, believe that it is a key factor to have fun. For me, drinking is about enjoying myself, drinking something I like with people I like. I can have just as much fun, if not more, when I go alcohol free. Alcohol doesn’t impact my level of enjoyment and the amount of fun I have.
At my cousin's house last family gathering, we all had a few Vodka Redbulls as we ate, shared stories, played games and had plenty of laughs while we danced. Well, at least we thought that we were drinking a Vodka Redbull. It turns out we were having Red Bull with water! The Vodka bottle was empty and so my aunty had filled it up with water to prank us. We poured this mix multiple times and had a great time and didn’t even realise that there was no alcohol in our cup, yet we still had such an amazing evening full of fun and laughter. This just goes to show that you can have fun whilst being alcohol free and that alcohol doesn’t lead to fun, rather it can be consumed whilst having fun if you feel like it.
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