Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Why I Would Never Take The Straight-Edged Pledge

I bet many of you who are looking at the title are probably wondering if I'm a drunk party girl. Gotta love stereotypes.One of the many cool things about entering your 20s is soon being able to legally drink. This is an area of controversy because some people think booze and liqour is the worst thing that you can ever consume, and of course, there are those who completely overdo it. However, there is no middle ground to drinking, which really annoys me.
For those of you who don't know what the term straight-edge means, its basically pledging to remain liquor and drug free for life. I can promise on a stack of Bibles that I will never turn to crack (Crack is whack, I feel ya Whitney), or smoke like Carrie Bradshaw. However, drinking is another story.
I don't drink much now, and drinking until I'm blacked out and smashed simply isn't my thing. However, I don't see the problem in drinking in moderation. For example, drinking a glass of wine, or having one drink then stopping. I think that's perfectly okay to do, because I'm drinking but not in ultra extreme portions.
Many young people often have troubles setting limits, and when they go to college, they are often drinking about six or seven times more than that. I think that alcohol, like sex and all other fun adult privileges, is something that should be taken with responsibility, as well as knowing your limit. I don't judge those who like to get drunk or smashed, but I do tend to think that they are rather humorous. If you do set a limit for yourself, like I am doing, you're making sure that you're staying out of harm's way, and you're making sure that you're not doing something that you wouldn't otherwise regret later.
I hate it when my friends diss me when I say I want to drink in moderation. Some judge me because they think that I'm partaking in unhealthy actions, or doing something bad. I can see the concern if I was overdoing it, or planning to get smashed. But, since I'm not I don't see the problem of having a drink if I know that I'm going to be okay.
At the end of the day, our decisions to drink or not to drink are simply left to us. Up until about now, I thought that I never wanted to even touch liquor. However, after recent consideration, I feel like it's something that if you do it right, you'll be just fine.

(Finding My Voice is not condoning you all to get drunk or do reckless activities...)


  1. Do what's right for you and don't worry about anyone else. Drinking isn't bad, when done in moderation, and liquor is amazing when cooking! I actually have a college friend who took the straight edge pledge, even had tattoos on her fingers to represent it. Then she went to Germany after graduation, something snapped, and she went crazy. After a stint in rehab she's back to being clean, but it was really hard for her to get back to a good place. My point is- extremes in either direction are never good, it's generally best to stay in the middle of the road.

  2. I agree! Everything in moderation is important