posted on October 16, 2013 15:13 by
Any of you who follow me will know how anti alcohol I am. This is not from a judgmental place but from a place of pure observation and personal experience. I am currently on a short break in Marbella after finding what I thought was a good deal on the Internet. I have been to Marbella many times and enjoyed many alcohol driven lunches and partying in the past but this trip has shown me something I have not seen before.
I am sitting by a pool at 10am in the morning surrounded by big groups of middle aged men and women, humongous bellies and foul mouthed, hung over, loud Brits boasting about how much booze they are able to consume.
On one side the party of eight, 40-50 something married women are reminiscing about not being able to remember the previous evening and discussing openly, so the whole pool can hear being sick, falling over and being chatted up by blokes in an even worse state than them. On the other side there is a group of 10 hungover married men on a stag weekend, still pissed from the previous evening and desperate for the bar to open, looking forward to hair of the dog and starting again.
I have ear plugs, with loud music, but I could still recite both parties entire life history as well as their plans for another mammoth bender tonight and I am just praying they don't decide to amalgamate and take over my entire day.
I am all for people enjoying themselves but if only they could realise how ugly and unhealthy this behaviour is and how offensive it is to others, they might reconsider.
When your whole life is based around either getting over alcohol or looking forward to alcohol you are addicted.