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Filed Under: Sexual Health at 5:03 pm | By: Susan Coyle, Senior Editor
GuinnessOur tendency to overindulge in alcohol, to down beer after beer or shot after shot in celebration, is rooted in culture.  Binge drinking is not a new phenomenon nor is it reserved for Western civilizations. Most peoples from the Yuruna Indians of Brazil to island villagers in Japan have customs in which an excessive amount of liquor is consumed. Today, for our society, is one of those occasions.

It is St. Patrick’s Day – the day when everyone is Irish, everyone loves green, and everyone has a Guinness or two or ten, followed by a dram of whiskey and a shot of scotch. We are encouraged by those around us, the media and manufacturers to do things like “drink till he’s cute” (which depending on the man could take a while) and “drink like an Irishman” (which depending on the Irishman could be deadly). If we’re not careful, we’ll be tottering through the streets quite tipsy and quite unsafe in a matter of hours. So maybe we should be careful.

No, I’m not saying that you have to forgo your St. Patrick’s Day party or abstain from the green beer. There’s enough Irish blood and American revelry in me to make that possibility seem like a sin. I am saying, however, that you should be mindful of what you’re doing. You should remember that excessive drinking, truthfully drinking at all, affects your health, in the short and long run.  You should keep the keg you were planning on consuming to a few pints. And keep control of yourself.

Of course if you can’t manage to do that, if the waves of green overwhelm your senses and you find yourself a bit more buzzed than planned, at the very least, prepare for tomorrow morning.

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