I find myself wondering, especially around the holidays, if recovering alcoholics and vegans feel the same sometimes. Drinking alcohol is an expected societal norm in that everyone thinks anyone over the age of 19 does it. When you go to a restaurant, the first thing you’re asked after being seated is, “What can I get you to drink?” followed by hearing the specials which usually center around a meat of some kind. The eating of meat, dairy and eggs is the same as alcohol in that everyone assumes you do it. Just this week, Julian had a minor procedure done at the hospital and upon his discharge was told to keep his meals light that day and to, “Go home and have some scrambled eggs or chicken noodle soup.” Grrrr. I bit my tongue because what was the point of correcting a person I was never going to see again?
I’m guilty myself of assuming that everyone drinks alcohol and I’m trying to be more mindful of that. I know there are people who simply don’t drink and never have but I wonder if recovering addicts, people who have experienced firsthand the damages of alcohol and have made the change from “before” to “after” ever get frustrated with the endless promotion and sale of alcohol knowing what they now know about the consequences of it. Especially when alcohol, like animal products, is advertised as everything from sexy to traditional, almost as something we deserve to indulge ourselves in from time to time. Continue reading