For those of you who are not so enthusiastic to read this article let me summarise it.
New Zealand television host Hayley Holt tells us that she was an alcoholic and has now been sober for more than three years.
Why did she decide to drink so much?
Because she thought that was the way to fit in with her social group. She said that she was shy, self-conscious and maybe even a little introverted. So to fit in, she said that she drank so that she could be part of that group.
One of the most interesting parts of that article was she said that all of her friends were cool and popular.
I would argue that some, if not all of them probably had self-esteem issues and like Hayley they may have hidden it, not through alcohol but by acting.
We all have our insecurities. We all have our little things that worry us but at the end of the day it is how we cope with these things. How we get over them is what counts.
Hayley Holt said that she used alcohol. She used the old Dutch courage to get over it which is not the best thing to do. The good thing is that she realised it and stopped and that takes a lot of guts and who knows, only she does, she might have lost a few friends because of it which suggests that they weren't her real friends anyway.
It's almost become a bit of a cliche but you are not going to find answers at the bottom of a bottle or glass.
By all means, go out but only if you WANT to. That's the key. Don't think that you have to be a boozer. Don't think that you have to have hundreds of friends. Don't think that you have to drink to be friends.
Your true friends will respect your true self. Your true friends will respect that you don't want to imbibe alcohol on that particular day.
I say well done to Hayley Holt for coming out and telling her story.
Be true to yourself and don't drink alcohol if you don't want to.