I often hear people say, “You can’t use the fact that you were drunk as an excuse!” That’s an inaccurate statement. Alcohol is an intoxicant; it alters a person’s mind state. Alcohol does not make people express “true feelings.” It also doesn’t change a person. The effect of alcohol is simple. Alcohol removes an individual’s ability to think before he speaks, or acts. There is no consideration for consequences. People have a natural inclination to do certain things, but they will always think before acting. Alcohol eliminates the thinking process.

We often chastise people for not thinking before they speak. How many people have awakened in the morning with a hangover only to find a series of drunk texts. It’s one of the worst situations to go through. Ridiculous proclamations of affection for someone who you clearly want nothing to do with. No, it’s not the person’s true feelings. When people are drunk, they lose the ability to properly access a situation. If a person claims to care about you when he or she is drunk, but barely says a word to you in a sober state, the individual is not shy, it was the alcohol. And no, the person was not “sweating you.” You were there and they weren’t thinking.

I’m not suggesting people should be excused for their behavior while drunk. I’m just explaining that alcohol has a negative effect.


Published by Peter Teixeira

First and foremost, I enjoy writing stories. I recently completed my first novel, and I successfully co-wrote a short film script, which won the grand prize in the words made easy competition.

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    1. Not completely true. When you are sober, you may have a desire to do something, but there are many factors which go into the decision making process. For example, you may have a neighbor who is attractive, and you want to sleep with her. In your sober state, you will consider whether or not she is single, are you single, do you want to deal with the girl after sleeping with her, etc. In your drunken state, you will have the same desire to sleep with the neighbor, but there will be no thinking process. You will simply act. That’s not your true actions. The thinking process is what makes up each person’s identity. A drunk person must be accountable for every action, but it is important to understand that alcohol has an effect.

  1. No, if ur sober and what to do something, and thinking rationally you don’t do it, but wish you could! So in the drunk state you say fuck thinking “just do it” so my statement must be true.

    1. That’s not true for all decisions. There would be no wake-up period of self-hatred if you are correct. There are instances when people don’t have the courage to act when sober, but they don’t regret going through with an action in a drunken state. I’m talking about the actions which people regret.

  2. So are u saying that when ppl are drunk they do things that they would want to do when they’re sober but don’t because they are capable of thinking about the consequences? If so, then doesn’t that mean that in a sense the alcohol just gave them the excuse to go for it w/out feeling bad until they sober up? I’m just asking you to clarify not stating what I believe. The jury is still out for me on this one.

    1. I don’t believe the alcohol gives people an excuse. I’m saying the alcohol takes away the ability to think. People have a natural inclination to be selfish. The alcohol brings that out. Life experiences teach us to be considerate, and alcohol removes the ability to realize the consequences. Alcohol takes us back to our natural selfishness. For example, if a person’s friend is dating someone who he or she thinks is hot, there is a line that would never be crossed, but if alcohol is involved, a mistake can be made. The person is following the selfish nature, not what he or she actually wants to do. No true friend would ever want to do such a thing, but alcohol removes the ability to act properly. Some people can control themselves when drunk, but others can’t. There is never an excuse for any type of negative behavior, but alcohol is powerful.

  3. Dee’s explanation means we are living in some sort of false reality when sober, and getting drunk brings us to our normal state. That makes perfect sense. :-/

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