May 07, 2007

The Stigma of Setting


Alcohol currently only has social stigmas in terms of context in this country. For example, if I went home and drank a bottle of wine alone in my bedroom while playing Mario Kart, that's pretty weird, and my friends might think that I have a problem.

But, instead, if I go out with these same friends to a club/bar setting and drink a bottle of wine, that's pretty normal.

Same cognitive experience. Yet, only one of these is a cry for help. Why?

6 comments:

Justin Elder said...

It really shouldn't be. I'm wondering how many people have had a whole bottle of wine out with friends. I guess it's possible, but you definitely shouldn't be driving if you have that much, where as you're simulated driving doing Mario Kart, so maybe that's the difference?

Really I have no answer for this.

Sabai said...

ok, instead of a bottle of wine, say 4 drinks.

But, that does remind me of a friend in high school who would make people successfully complete level 1 of Crazy Taxi before he would let them drive home.

more to come on this tomorrow...

Steve said...

OK, I'm probably not the best one to answer any alcohol-related questions, but I think it's because of people's views of the uses of alcohol. The fact is the most socially acceptable might be the "social lubricant"-type idea. That can't be for the Mario Kart example, so people immediately jump to another one, dulling mental pain.

Sabai said...

for the same reason, perhaps i'm not the best to post this question either, steve. but, i do catch myself jumping to those very same two conclusions? Are there righteous reasons that I'm unaware of?

Anonymous said...

The only situation in which either situation is morally wrong is if the alcohol is abused. Whether 4 drinks is abuse probably depends on the person. Otherwise drinking wine in either situation is fine. Why getting drunk socially is acceptable is where there's a problem.

Sabai said...

that was the situation that i was trying to create.