Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Pressure to Drink Alcohol
In my opinion, a true friend will accept a friend's decision to not drink alcohol. If a friend won't accept the word, "no" from you in regards to drinking, maybe it's best to take a break from spending time with that friend. Conversely, if that friend respects your "no", then maybe he or she is a good friend after all.
Sure, drinking in moderation can be healthy for some people, but saying no is also a healthy choice for others. The abuse of alcohol has destroyed countless lives, so true friends will respect the decision to not drink. If a friendship revolves around drinking alcohol, then perhaps that friendship is toxic. Consider spending time with people who encourage health and happiness rather than dependency and drunkenness.
Pressure is powerful, and it is said that "you are who you hang out with" and "birds of a feather flock together." For these reasons, we should be very proactive and intentional about how we spend our time. The more time we spend with healthy and active leaders, the more likely we are going to become a healthy and active leader.
As the great Rich Mullins once said, "It's OK to be lonely, as long as you're free."