I wrote about the negative effects of alcohol consumption in the past, and that made some of our readers very upset. Let me state clearly in the very beginning that I do not intend to moralize. I am not trying to judge you in any way for drinking alcohol or trying to tell you how to live your life. I am simply sharing what I have experienced myself, and offering some thoughts that will help you think about this in a different way.
Not only is consumption of alcohol accepted in our society, it is also expected of us to drink in a social setting. It can be seen in Hollywood, on television, in advertisements depicting a high-flying lifestyle. Alcohol is such a big part of our culture that refusing to drink can have social repercussions; it can lead to us being ostracized and not being invited to parties. Such a widespread acceptance of alcohol is enough to make most people skeptical, but there are many other factors that led me to conclude this.
Etymology of the word Alcohol
The word alcohol comes from the Arabic word “al-kuhl,” which means “BODY EATING SPIRIT”. Incidentally, this is also where the English word ‘Ghoul’ is derived from. In middle-eastern mythology, a ghoul is a demon that feasts on human corpses. “Alembic” and “alcohol” are both metaphors for aqua vitae, or “life water,” and “spirit” refers to a distilled liquid, which came from Middle Eastern alchemy.
Health writer and enthusiast Jason Christoff says:
“In alchemy, alcohol is used when extracting the soul essence of something. It is used in extracting essences for essential oils and sterilizing medical instruments.
By ingesting alcohol, it extracts the essence of the human soul, making the body more susceptible to neighboring entities many of whom are of lower frequencies. This is why many times, somebody who consumes alcohol will black out, not being able to remember what happened. Why do think some alcoholic beverages are called spirits?
The passing out occurs when the good soul that humans are sent to earth with leaves the body because the conditions inside the body are too contaminated for the soul to properly function. The good soul exits the body, staying attached with a weak tether, and a dark entity takes the body on a path of self-gratification and hedonism, in what can only be described as a rampage. A body is essentially a vehicle for the spirit. If one spirit leaves the body, another can easily take control. In effect, when somebody passes out after drinking alcohol, and wakes up without remembering a lot, it is because their body had been possessed by another entity.”
A Little About Me and Why This Is Important
This above idea immediately struck a chord with me. As someone who was used to binging on alcohol and waking up with a bad hangover and not remembering what happened afterward, the idea that the soul leaves the body when it is intoxicated made a lot of sense. It fully explained what occurs after being intoxicated.
Waking up in the morning and not remembering what had happened is possibly the worst feeling in the world. Later, when I’d recall or was told what I had done, it would cause me immense guilt and embarrassment. I’d often wonder how I, a rational person with a “good soul” inside me, could do things I would never do otherwise. I’d ask myself the same question over and over again: “How could you do this?”
I recalled that when I’d start drinking, there came a point after which I could not stop even if a part of me wanted to. I now realize that it was at this time that a darker force would take over me and use my body to experience a hedonistic lifestyle.
Now, I know this does not happen to everybody who drinks. In my case, I think it was something that gradually worsened with time. The first time I “blacked out”, or more appropriately “stepped out”, happened when I was merely 16, and continued for about 10 more years.
It took a long time to accept responsibility for my actions, mainly because I’d have no memory of whatever would happen to me after blacking out. It came with its share of guilt and shame, which also kept me from accepting or confessing to my friends that I had a problem. Some close friends did notice that I wasn’t “all there” when under the influence of alcohol, and even those who had no knowledge of the idea of “stepping out” began to mention this often.
However, I was finally able to stop drinking alcohol after I undertook an amazing healing journey with ayahuasca in November last year. I am proud to say that I no longer allow dark spirits to use my body as a vehicle.
I will not digress into why I chose to keep drinking despite of what happened under influence, and the real reason behind what causes addiction in the first place since that would be off-topic. However, let me tell you, it is an extremely important conversation to have and it will open your eyes about how addiction really works.
How Does This Relate to the Rest of Society?
Now I know what you’re thinking: “That’s all well and good, but it’s just you and you can’t handle alcohol and you shouldn’t be drinking.” While you’d be technically right, it is vital that we discuss how much it affects those who drink regularly but not so much that it becomes a problem? What about those who drink, yet somehow manage to not get “drunk”? And finally, what about those who have a drinking problem but just won’t admit it?
Consider the following: You are in a social setting, with people you do not know. Would you prefer that alcohol be a part of the situation, or would you be comfortable all by yourself?
We often use alcohol as a way to feel more comfortable when we’re around new people. But do we even remain ourselves after consuming it? Or do we become someone else altogether?
Asking Yourself Some Basic Questions Could Be Useful
How much alcohol do you actually drink? Do you often drink as a means of escape? Do you feel comfortable in social settings without the aid of alcohol? Do you use alcohol to relieve stress at the end of the day? Honestly answering these questions might help you critically evaluate your relationship with alcohol.
Try to live a month without any alcohol and see what it’s like. In your relationship with alcohol, who is in charge? Can you quit drinking whenever you want, or are you an addict?
In some situations, replacing alcohol with something healthier might help. To relieve stress, for example, try breathing exercises, or re-organizing your schedule to allow breaks. Giving up alcohol might lead to your friends ostracizing you, but it is a good way to get in touch with your true self. Who knows, when alcohol is no longer acting as way of forgetting your problems, you might be forced to bring about changes that might solve those issues for good!
Once again, I am not judging you in any way whatsoever. This is simply some advice, derived from my own experience with alcohol, offered to those who might be struggling with it. If this works out for you well, do let us know in the comments. We’d be glad to hear from you.
As a result of quitting alcohol, I have ended up making friends who share more of my values and as I result I have people I feel closer to.
Giving up alcohol changed my entire life, but that’s just me. Should you find sense in what I say, and should this article resonate with you, do give my techniques a try. It might change your life forever.
All the Best!
Written by Tomi – The Usual Routine
References: Zahrah Sita