Alcohol consumption has become part of our leisure activities. Is this fact 'good' or 'bad'? It is hard to judge. When we drink alcohol in moderation it can help loosen up our bodies, slightly reduce pressure, add color and intensify our feelings in a nice manner.
The transition from positive alcohol consumption, which we can enjoy, and negative alcohol consumption, which can hurt us, can be a very fine line. If we become intoxicated and lose our senses, the point in time when things become foggy and we lose the ability to distinguish between good and bad – this is the exact moment where alcohol is no longer a fun, healthy and enjoyable outlet, but rather a tool that acts against us. Alcohol can affect our judgment and cause us to carry out violent and aggressive acts, which we normally wouldn’t commit if we did not drink. However, we know that "being drunk is not an excuse", so do not let alcohol let you go wild.
The tragic story of a twenty-year-old woman who was having fun in a club, became intoxicated and was raped in front of the club crowd is well described in this article in Maariv. This is a difficult and extreme case that we will still learn about with respect to the responsibility of club owners and party-goers. However, this is only one case that was brought to the public's attention because it is an extraordinary one. Unfortunately, there are many cases of men, women, young men and women, teenagers, who experienced a sexual assault when they were under the influence of alcohol. This is not to say that we should stop drinking and having fun, it only means that we need to remind ourselves of the warning signs that we need to pay attention to. Here is a reminder:
- Know your boundaries. Adapt this quantity so that you can control your body. Excessive drinking can affect your judgment.
- If you have sex under the influence of alcohol, it is possible that you may not be attentive enough to put on a condom and thus expose yourself to sexually transmitted diseases and HIV. Is it really worth it?
- If you are going out with your friends and you think that they are acting violently or inappropriately with a woman who drank too much, stop them; otherwise you are an accomplice to the crime.
- If you were a witness of a sexual attack, you must report it; otherwise you are an accomplice to the crime.