“I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence or insanity to anyone, but they’ve always worked for me.” – Hunter S. Thompson

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We live in a world where we are surrounded by drugs. In the 21st century, there’s really no avoiding them. Besides, most of them are legal and simply require a valid prescription from your doctor to obtain. Others are not so legal. But everyone takes them, whether you like to admit it or not, and many for different reasons.

Some people like to take drugs that make up for what they view as deficiencies in their personality.  You might feel you are boring, so you drink to be fun. You might lack focus, clarity and motivation, so you use stimulants like cocaine or speed. You might not be an affectionate person, so you take ecstasy to feel a sense of togetherness and a connection with others. You may need to finish a term paper that you can’t concentrate on because there’s fun stuff to do or shit to watch on TV… In which case you drink five Redbulls or eat some prescription drugs that your friend gave you and write thousands of words of nonsensical drivel.

Some people just do it because they can. They like to get fucked up! Which makes it a hedonistic pursuit, so you should be careful what you choose to indulge in from the outset if you wish to avoid a crippling addiction or perhaps a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

In any case, you should always know what you’re getting into so you can minimize the risks involved.

Here at SHK, we don’t advocate use of any illegal substances. However, we do believe that lots of people are uneducated about illegal drugs, and they have the right to know what to expect — should they be faced with the opportunity to take them. Just straight up, no bullshit information with a brief run-down, some anonymous user experience’s added for color [see Mushrooms regarding added color] and a list of pros and cons about each one.

Alcohol

Drinks, Booze, Beers, Cocktails, Wines, Grog, Cheeky beverages

“Yo, do you wanna meet up for a drink?”

Drug info: Alcohol is widely used, abused and accepted as part of the every day human experience to some. To most, it helps us digest our food, celebrate special occasions and facilitate the act of mating from otherwise awkward encounters between members of the opposite sex. But like many of the drugs you see here, alcohol is a good servant, but a terrible master.

Method: Alcohol is usually consumed orally from a glass or bottle, but can also be drunk from a cask or a can.

Where: Home, workplace, bars, clubs, restaurants, events, birthdays… Everywhere as long as it’s not in a public place. Unless you have a sneaky flask.

Anonymous user experience: We’ve all been there. We’ve all had more than we should have. This guy proves that even though basic motor functioning becomes difficult, there’s always time to try your luck with the ladies.

 

Christopher Hitchens on drugs and alcohol

Notable users: Writers, poets, musicians, doctors, lawyers, physicians, teachers, builders, electricians. You name it. Even though people argue that alcohol kills brain cells, smart people love to drink. The late, great Christopher Hitchens loved his wine, but openly agreed that a bohemian lifestyle will eventually catch up with you.

Pros: Alcohol in moderation can be an awesome thing. People tend lose some of their inhibitions, let go of personal hang-ups and feel less anxious and more comfortable in the company of friends and strangers alike.

Cons: A lifetime of heavy drinking will eventually lead to an array of health problems down the track. While you may be thinking, “hey I don’t care because I’m in my twenties,” it may be difficult to shake off any habits you’ve formed or tastes you’ve grown accustomed to later in life.

Is it addictive? We wouldn’t have AA meetings if it weren’t.

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