I would love to see every young person in Australia have a year off alcohol.
Freedom of choice.
Alcohol dilutes freedom of choice and fills the silence with noise.
And yes, there is great joy in the distortion of reality.
It can be a helluva ride and a big part of me says to go for it!
Enjoy the ride!
A smaller part of me is jealous, because it is a lot of fun.
However, the wiser part of me says it’s time to put the issue on open forum.
I believe it is the largest social problem in Australia and walks hand-in-hand with credit card debt.
Our youth are bombarded by images of beautiful women on beautiful boats sipping chilled vodka.
Social media celebrates the rite of passage of public, drunken degradation.
And if it remained just a rite of passage, alcohol abuse may be acceptable, but it is not.
It becomes a lifetime scourge that deforms, stunts, and corrupts.
It stops people growing.
It mires communities into drama and violence, and it keeps society on the back foot.
And guess what?
I would love to see every young man and woman in Australia have a whole year alcohol-free.
To see what it is like to live without alcohol in your system.
To experientially give every mature Aussie a social freedom of choice.
To feel your nerves tingling and tangling without anxiety.
To feel all your senses come alive with joy.
Seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, and touching.
Amplified, not dulled.
To experience the beauty and wonder of sober sex.
To look into your loved one’s yes and really see the person behind the iris.