At Millennials seem to do everything a little differently, so it's no surprise that their drinking habits are distinctive too. The generation that pioneered "study drugs" and overwhelmingly backed the recent wave of pot legalization is also responsible for driving some of the alcohol industry's most explosive recent trends. From microbreweries and home brews to craft cocktails with locally sourced ingredients, open-minded millennials tend to be discriminating when it comes to their drinks.
Learn more about the drinking preferences and alcohol-related choices that earned this generation the nickname "shaken and stirred millennials".
Millennials are generally more willing to try new things, from exotic international cuisine to a variety of unique beverages. They've driven demand for sparkling waters, artisanal loose-leaf teas, and organic coffee blends, and they like white and red wine equally. If given a choice, they prefer wine over sparkling wine or champagne, light domestic beer over imports and malt liquors, and vodka over any other liquor.
Of course, as an environmentally conscious generation, millennials also appreciate homemade and small batch beverages of any kind. They represent a substantial portion of the crowd at wine and craft beer festivals, where they seek out organic ingredients and support small local businesses. Whether they do it for their taste buds, their carbon footprints, or just a basic human desire to join a small, selective and unconventional community, the results are equally discerning.
Millennials have even revived hands-on drinking trends that channel previous generations, specifically the Greatest Generation, whose prohibition-era partying influenced today's password-protected speakeasies and small batch "moonshine" whiskeys.
When you seek to savor each drinking experience, the effects of alcohol aren't your primary focus. Perhaps because of their discerning tastes, millennials are actually less likely to binge drink than their parents' generation. They tend to choose quality over quantity, suggesting that drinking itself isn't always a destructive choice it can be made out to be.
Meanwhile, high-risk activities, like unprotected sex, actually seem less risky. Every time you get drunk, you choose to make yourself more vulnerable to external threats, but you also increase the chance that you'll cause your own demise.
Drunk driving, of course, is one of the most serious threats. Whether or not you intend to stop drinking, you should make a commitment to stay off the road if you value your life or the lives of others at all.
You already know that your drinking is creating more problems than it solves. Now, you just have to decide whether you're willing to do the work it takes to stop. Just remember: complete sobriety and death aren't your only two options, and even if you do choose sobriety, there's more than one way to achieve it.
If you'd like to learn more about how to stop or moderate your drinking, you can talk with one of the Guest Services Consultants at Saint Jude Retreats about the Cognitive Behavioral Learning (CBL) program that you can use to your drinking habit permanently without a fear of relapse. This non-12 Step approach is one that gives you the latest scientific research on alcohol, substance use, and habit formation as well as guidance on self-directed change and empowerment for you to develop the best plan for your transformational change.