Mental Health • Alcohol Is The Fire Burning Inside You

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“Stories walk the line of honest exaggeration, and the fear of rejection is replaced with morning-after regret.”

Alcohol is the fire burning inside you.

It’s blurry vision and sentences of words – all melted into one. It dances on your tongue with the taste of confidence. Stories walk the line of honest exaggeration, and the fear of rejection is replaced with morning-after regret.

Alcohol is confessions of love hidden beneath blistered dancing feet and a pathetic desire to be held in someone – anyone’s – arms. Alcohol brings out the worst.

The emotion. The authenticity. The anger.

When you wake up with a pounding headache and queasy stomach, you put on a poker face; because you just showed your cards. You showed who you really are.

The vulnerable, misguided person you’ve spent years building a wall around. You’ve created an image for onlookers, but alcohol breaks down the wall and reveals your true self. The damage is done and there’s no going back.

Maybe they’ll forgive you. Pretend those times didn’t happen.

Those mistakes aren’t yours to own up too, but despite what we want to believe, we live in the shadows of our uncomfortable pasts.


This image was illustrated in collaboration with Lemon Chicken Por Favor

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  • Patricia Jackson

    Wow. You really painted a vivid picture. That was great. My days of getting drunk are over. The older you get the harder it is to bounce back. Ain’t nobody got time for being drunk, I got things to do the next day. Tipsy=yes; drunk=no!

    • I completely agree, Patricia! Thanks for reading and taking the time to comment 🙂 Hangovers are lasting longer, and longer, these days. No time for that!!

  • I could not have said it better myself. I ponder over this every time I decide that a night out is worth it. I spend the next day trying to pick up the pieces. I want to not drink but it is such a social think in our society.. How does one combat the socialized popularity of the drunken experiences. Cheers, I’ll continue pondering.

    B

    • Thanks, Brandon 🙂 It’s certainly a hard to figure out, and unfortunately it seems to be who we are sober, which pushes us to become who we are drunk. Alcohol is far too promoted in our society and it’s made to seem so crucial to our weekends and idea of fun. The fact that you’ve acknowledged it puts you well ahead of the rest.

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