It's Friday Night, They Said, Let's Rage, They Said

It's Friday Night, They Said, Let's Rage, They Said

It’s so easy to let alcohol consume you when you think you’re just consuming it.
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Let’s talk about alcohol. In my opinion, the most abused substance. A staple in the American diet. A must-have for parties. A tool to let loose because when consumed, feel-good chemicals overwhelm the brain. They’re called endorphins and we crave more until our inhibitions are gone.

"I am more afraid of alcohol than all of the bullets of the enemy" - Stonewall Jackson

In America, the widely unpopular drinking age is set at 21 years old. But that doesn’t stop anyone. College parties are nothing without the keg, even though the majority of college students are under the age of 21. Why is it that drinking makes up a large part of college culture? When did it become so normal for underage drinking to take place? Underage drinking is illegal for a reason and indifference to the law will always bring consequences.

"Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking when blood alcohol levels are raised to 0.08 g/dL in two hours or less" - National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The prevalence of alcohol in college culture has made underage drinking a norm so now, dependency on alcohol young people develop is hard to notice. Society has made drinking a social event: we drink to celebrate, drink to grieve, drink to relax, and drink to get hyped for a night out. Drinking is by no means “bad,” but bad things have to begin somewhere.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration labels binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month as heavy alcohol use. When people keep losing their lives from alcohol poisoning, drunk driving, or liver disease, it becomes time to call out the real issue, addiction to alcohol.

If drinking is interfering with your work, you're probably a heavy drinker. If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. ~Author Unknown

E. Morton Jellinek partitioned the road to alcoholism into four stages. The first stage, pre-alcoholic, when someone drinks more than just socially, and a tolerance builds. This is drinking to satisfy psychological needs, as when a rough day at work calls for a few glasses of wine. The second stage is called “Early Alcoholic,” when the person can’t resist drinking anymore.

Alcohol is apart of their life. The third stage, “Middle Alcoholic,” begins when the signs of alcoholism become obvious to family and friends. The act of drinking interferes with daily life, in this stage one drinks in the early morning or is irritable when they can’t get a drink. The body starts to show signs of alcohol abuse. The final stage, “Late Alcoholic,” consists of alcohol dominating the person’s life. Long-term alcohol abuse shows on the body and the drinker can’t go a single day without a sip.

“It’s a great advantage not to drink among hard drinking people.” ― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

You may think, none of those are me, my drinking is under control. But is it? The common phrase, “I’m not an alcoholic, I’m just in college” needs to be thrown out the window.

Partying doesn’t end with college. Consumption of alcohol only increases after graduation, because even more social events revolve around drinking. It’s joked about way too often because dependency and addiction are serious matters. It’s important to know how harmful alcohol can be to your body. It’s so easy to let alcohol consume you when you think you’re just consuming it.

The solution? Know that lives have been destroyed by drinking. Don't end up as a news story, don't end up like that one alcoholic relative we all have. Be smart about alcohol. Know your limit.

“I think the warning labels on alcoholic beverages are too bland. They should be more vivid. Here is one I would suggest: 'Alcohol will turn you into the same asshole your father was.'” - George Carlin
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15 Things You've Heard As An Ice Cream Scooper

And the responses you wish you could have said...
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As many of you know, being a customer service employee can be exhausting. Sure, you may like working with people, but there's no doubt that you reach your limit here and there. Ice cream scoopers are a very specialized group of customer service employees who deal with people in their most vulnerable state: when they are craving sweets. If you've ever worked in an ice cream shop, here is a list of things you've definitely heard from customers, with responses of what you probably wish you could have said.

1. "I want cookie dough."

OK, seriously? "Cookie dough" is all you're giving me? Now I have to ask you a million questions about what size, what kind of cone, what type of toppings, etc. I know you may think I read minds, but I swear I don't.

2. "Just give me the regular cone. You know, the normal one."

Well, we offer three different kinds of cones. What's normal to me may not be normal to you. Chances are I'll scoop your ice cream into a sugar cone and then you'll look at me like I have ten heads because you expected a wafer cone *sigh*

3. "Can I try the vanilla?"

Are you kidding me?! I'm not sure if this is because you've never had vanilla before or if it's because you have a very critical opinion of vanilla ice cream, but either way... I suggest you take it down a notch. Your only excuse is if you're four years old.

4. "I promise, this is my last taste."

Is it, though?

5. "Oh wait, actually, THIS is my last one."

Yeah, that's what I thought.

6. "After all of these tastes, I won't have enough room to actually order a cone of ice cream!!!"

Extra points if you and your friends all laugh at the joke you just made.

7. "Is that one good?"

Honestly, does my opinion of ice cream really matter to you? Obviously, I'm going to say I like it, because I work here and it's ice cream, so yeah, it's good. What am I supposed to say? Should I tell you that I actually find that flavor repulsive and that it sort of tastes like soap? Probably not.

8. "Which flavor's your favorite?"

Let's be honest, there's a very high chance that our taste in ice cream is completely opposite altogether. So, when I say that the peanut butter chocolate is my favorite flavor, you'll probably smile and nod politely, and then order mint chocolate chip. Awkward.

9. "Just surprise me!"

No, no, no. Please do not put your ice cream order in my hands, that's way too much pressure. Also, I'm a terrible decision maker.

10. "Do you have chocolate ice cream?"

Nope! *Sarcasm*

11. "Which flavors are gluten-free, sugar-free, fat-free, and dairy-free???"

Why did you even enter this ice cream shop? Don't get me wrong, I'm sympathetic to allergies and sensitivities, but I have a feeling you're just being obnoxious.

12. "I bet your right arm gets pretty muscular, huh?"

Ha. Ha. Haven't heard that one before! Are you going to make the Popeye joke next?

13. "Could you just add some hot fudge on top of that for me?"

Listen carefully. If you ordered a kiddie size ice cream in a cup, and the ice cream fills the cup completely, where would there be room for the hot fudge? The answer is nowhere. I then have to transfer your ice cream into a larger cup that leaves room for the fudge, which easily could have been avoided if you had simply warned me of your fudge desires beforehand.

14. "It costs HOW MUCH?! I remember when a cone of ice cream was 50 cents!"

I don't make the prices. I, too, would love if an ice cream cone still cost 50 cents, but the unfortunate truth is that it does not, nor will it ever again.

15. "Oh, my gosh! I don't know how you work here and stay so thin! I would eat everything in the store!"

Oh don't worry, I DO eat everything in the store.

If you've ever said any of these things to an ice cream scooper, they probably made a joke about you to their coworker when you weren't looking. But it's okay, they immediately praised afterward as long as you tipped well. Ice cream scoopers are nice in nature, I swear. And they don't hold grudges!

Happy scooping!

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