Let me tell you our story – A story of three best friends and alcohol.
We three were as good as friends as anyone can be. We did everything together – from studies to pranks – everything!
Even when we got separated post-high school, we still kept in touch. Two of us has to move out of our native location while one continued there. Even we two were in a very different place.
But whenever we planned to come home, we ensured that all three of us are present at that time. We had the most beautiful time during festivals or holidays. Even our families were quite close. We three were much more than friends, and we were practically brothers.
Before I start telling what happened, you must know that both of my friends started drinking heavily. I too drink but occasionally.
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The year 2016
I was home for the festivals (Diwali), and as usual, my other two friends were also there. We had a great time. The day I was returning, one of my friends was called upon by his friends as they planned a bike ride to a nearby place. My friends insisted that he should stay to see me off, but I told him to go ahead with his other friends.
Two days later I got a call that my friend who went on that trip died in a bike accident. The whole group was indulged in alcohol when they were returning from their journey, and my friend was riding his bike when he got into this major accident.
I don’t know for others, but I had never been in such a situation – the situation of losing someone close. One of the hardest times for me was. The same was the case for my other friend. Anyway, we two moved on.
The year 2017
Everything was normal. I was planning to visit home and was planning to call my friend about his plans.
I got a call from one of my junior that my other friend died in an accident. He went for a picnic with a few of his friends near a river. He drowned. The whole group was drunk in that picnic.
I was devastated, but I could do nothing about it. It’s been almost one and a half years, and I have not gone to my home. Why? Because I have nothing to do there. I call my parents to my house instead. It’s not that I don’t have other friends there, but it’s just that I don’t want to go to that place anymore.
You see, I lost two of my best friends to a common enemy – alcohol. Sure, they decided to drink. They had a bad habit. But it doesn’t change the fact that they died because of alcohol.
Drinking alcohol in_moderation is all right. But it becomes a bad habit; you have to get rid of it as early as you can. If you can’t, get help.
Is drinking alcohol worth it? The answer is with you.