Looked at these pictures? Do not expect a morality debate here and I am not going to advocate neither supporting nor against the culture of Women drinking or smoking in India.
Just let me share what happens around now. Almost in all social media women of India are criticized for going beyond their cultural limits. They slam Indian women so badly that they are now drinking, smoking just like men and claim they are culturally spoilt. On the other hand many feminists argue, it is our freedom to choose what they want to do, if men can drink we too can drink, we too can smoke and that’s none of your business.
Heated debates on TV shows, Facebook, Blogs, Tweets it happens everywhere.
What happens globally?
Hmm. A tricky perspective though but if we look across the globe Women choose liberally whether to drink alcohol or not as per their wish, except for those culturally/religiously bounded countries. This is a one line status I can infer.
What about India?
Here are my perspectives. Here men need to wake up. They are still dreaming in a prehistoric India. Most of the men drink alcohol. They fall in categories of heavy drinker, regular drinker and the most glorified term “Social Drinker”. The trend is that towards the North you can see the western countries’ influence in drinking pattern and occasions, whereas if you see towards south Drinking is still under the dim lights on bars and not as social as in the rest of India.
There is another 3rd front of people who demand for the shutdown of Alcohol trade in many places in India. Women activists are more and effectively fighting for it.
It’s a Man Thing! Not any more!
The women of India are getting into the habit of drinking. So do I mean women never consumed alcohol before the western impact? No, past traces are there in villages women consume DesiDharu / Kallu or some form of forbidden drinks, urban women too had it as secret as they could.
Just now they are getting the free on other fronts like education and profession, similarly they are choosing the habits as well, which in the past were considered to be a Man thing – socially.
Drinking as a Choice
If we see a morality factor of consuming any alcoholic beverages or smoking too, it is purely a personal choice of any individual provided that habit does not affect others. Be it man or woman it is purely a personal choice. Men have no rights to question women and moral policing!
When a man can drink and say its his choice, a woman can say that too.
Drinking as a Health issue
Alcohol / Smoking is injurious to health and mind. More addictive you become more adverse the effects. So on a health perspective, this habit is not advisable to men or women.
Just do a google search for the stats on deaths and assess yourself.
Drinking as a Morality
If you ask me to look overall on the habit of consuming alcohol / smoking, the moral consciousness in me would say NO to that habit. It matters a lot what is our morality and on what basis we arrive at. I arrived at a NO, because of the health vs psychological factors and socioeconomic factors associated with drinking.
To hit the nail direct, It is not good for health and affects the mind of a person as worse as it could be, even to lose their consciousness of what happens around. Men end up with accidents, fights, arrogance over family and poor decisions. Women end up with people to take unfair advantages over themselves, physical abuses, unconscious rape and addiction.
On a whole to a society drinking causes more damage as it does to an individual. The logic is simple, all individuals makes society, more the drinkers more the damage. Socially its bad.
Economically alcohol industry is highly profitable and creates an illusion that it contributes to the economy. This is just similar to sell some viral disease to facilitate the sales of a vaccine to it. Alcohol economy is a disease to economy not a cure. That money can be invested in many useful projects for sustained life on earth and mankind.
What to conclude?
You can be a male or a female. Drinking is not a matter of man thing or a woman thing to debate.
It is injurious to human. It’s better not to learn to drink at first. If you have started drinking its better to quit NOW. If you are a seasoned drinker, it is up to you to think, decide and please do not spread that habit to others.
All Drinking men and women are not totally bad there are good people too, and all those who do not drink are not completely good either, there are baddies too among them. It is the character that matters. If we can see drinking as a Social Morality than a personal choice, we can easily get rid of it.
– Words by Din
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