4. You Can’t Imagine a Good Time without It
Have you heard of the term “dry wedding?” A dry wedding is one that does not offer alcohol or drinks containing alcohol during the reception. If you just read that sentence and reacted negatively, then point #4 might apply to you.
Dry weddings were likely a necessary creation to keep certain guests from misbehaving or getting out of control. If you’ve been to a dry wedding and complained about the lack of alcohol, #4 probably applies to you.
When a bride and groom decide to host a dry wedding, there are several reasons that might apply to their decision. Perhaps they’re both recovering alcoholics, or maybe their personal Christian convictions don’t allow for alcohol consumption, or conceivably it could just be a financial decision.
Whatever their reasons might be, if you’ve ever chosen not to attend a wedding after learning that it’d be a dry wedding, then #4 definitely applies to you.
The message here is not that drinking alcohol is bad, or even that having fun while drinking responsibly is wrong. The hard pill to swallow is admitting that you find it difficult or impossible to genuinely enjoy yourself without having a few drinks. You might justify it by saying it helps you “loosen up” or that it “takes the edge off” but the truth is that your struggle is a serious concern.
Birthdays, college graduations, vacations, work holiday parties, sporting events, get-togethers with friends—the list goes on and on for gatherings and events where people believe that alcohol is the only way to have fun or at least a bearable experience. If the thought of participating or attending these events without the consumption of alcohol is difficult for you, then you have to seriously consider that alcohol is a stronghold in your life.
So, if any or all of these signs are affecting your life...what's next?
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