Great. Now you know the principles that form my reasons for not drinking alcohol. You also might have guessed that the title is in reference to the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims, of which all generally hold true to the above points.
It is easy to see the societal benefits to sticking to the above. No over- or binge-drinking. No drink driving. No alcohol-fueled violence. No alcohol-related dysfunctional family issues. No issues related to alcohol abuse in Indigenous communities and so on. The individual benefits are also well known (no liver issues, less carbs etc) but how about the issues that non-drinkers come across? How about the ever-present social consequences of being a non-drinker?
Nearly every ‘professional/industry networking session‘ I have been to serves alcohol. Many businesses have a culture of social drinks on Friday arvo. How does a non-drinker deal with this? Should he hide it and play it cool (maybe no-one would notice)? Or should he order apple juice and hope no-one can tell the difference? Should he just tell everyone and risk social rejection?
Well that last rhetorical question came loaded with a fallacious premise. I contend that holding steadfast to the reasons one doesn’t drink does not result in social rejection. To the contrary, if you reveal you don’t drink, many in Australia will respect you for your self-discipline; as a rule our culture is very tolerate of people’s beliefs and values. This reality becomes much more evident (and appreciated) when compared to other, say East Asian, cultures where drinking is an integral part of conducting business.
Why 1.6 Billion Don’t Drink
I don’t drink.
I also appreciate the growing number of my peers who choose not to drink. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have sometimes very different reasons for not drinking but I wanted to share some of my reasons and experiences.
In fact, I didn’t put the drink down. I never picked it up. But why? Shouldn’t I at least give it a try? Isn’t a part of being Aussie to watch the footy with a meat pie in one hand and a cold one in the other? The answer lies in my reasons.
I am a Muslims, so my decision is grounded in the teachings of Islam. The general rulings relating to alcohol in Islam:
- Intoxicants are all prohibited (which obviously includes alcohol). Islamic scholars have noted that one of the five fundamental goals of Islamic law is to protect the intellect.
- The Quran acknowledges there is some benefit to alcohol but contends that the disadvantages far outweighs these benefits
- Alcohol is banned in all quantities; small or big. This generally includes alcohol in cooking and chocolate.
- Muslims are forbidden in even purchasing or selling alcohol. Essentially that Islam prohibits alcohol for societal benefit.
What if it’s a long-term effect?
Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) can be used to identify the stage of effects on individual. The table below shows the effects from alcohol consumption according to the BAC. The higher the consumption the harder the recovering gets, as the campaign supporting non-drinkers who are unlikely to get to dead by alcohol. As a non drinkers always acknowledge the negative effected by drinking alcohol as there are many activities to replaced drinking alcohol to socialize.
Non- drinkers might have seen many of their friend get affected by negative result on the table above, however, pressure drinking is such a painful experiences apply for non drinkers. I found the article on the Guardian from the experiences of non drinkers said that
“The first question I get is why don’t I drink? It’s funny how people want me to justify, to explain not drinking. The simple act of swapping wine for orange juice provokes strong reactions in people – derision, suspicion, defensiveness, pity. Sometimes I just say I’m driving, or on antibiotics, to avoid the flak”