Strange things in your pockets.
All these things have one thing in common, apart from an overarching sense of embarrassment. It’s very likely that these things happened when in a state of inebriation. Drunk. Bung. Wasted.
Hey, it happens. We’ve all been there. We’ve all done things that we wouldn’t otherwise do if we weren’t drunk – hopefully. What’s the worst thing you can remember doing when you were sloshed? Think about that moment. Do you regret it? You probably do. The night started well, but somewhere between J-pop Karaoke and attempting to pay for kebabs with a plastic spoon, after which you insult your mate’s girlfriend, fall over and puke in the bushes; your recent kebab, now in a liquid-ish form – things went horribly wrong. It’s supposed to be graphic; you’re supposed to feel squeamish because it is gross. This is what happens when you don’t name your point and remain in your harmless, happy dignified zone.
It’s weird when you think about it – that somehow nights out are better when we drink. It’s probably a drag to hear, but sometimes you have to know when to draw the line – sometimes you have to know when it’s time to stop – to name that point. What is that point? That point is when you think twerking will be a good idea. That point when you think somehow wrecking balls (or any kind of ball / construction equipment) and nudity go well together. That point when shaving off Steve’s eyebrows to see how long they will take to grow back seems like a laugh. That point is when you make the best decision you’ve ever made, or the worst decision you’ve ever made.
Did you know that beer is the most consumed alcohol in Australia? Did you also know that 70 Australian under the age of 25 will be hospitalised due to alcohol fuelled assaults? Also 50% of Australians aged 15-17 who get drunk will do something that they regret. In a way these statistics aren’t what is important. What important is the need to recognise what these statistics refer to: they’re referring to what happens when you don’t make a smart move at the crucial time. When you don’t name that point.
So when you’re drinking, and you find that words have more syllables than usual, perhaps it’s time for some H20. Beer breath is gross, but water never makes you look bad. So somewhere in-between J-pop karaoke and before you pay for a kebab with legitimate cash, name your point. Have some water. And embrace your morning safe in the knowledge that last night was pretty awesome.
We’ll be out this weekend outside Melbourne’s popular nightclubs to promote VicHealth’s Name That Point campaign, which aims to get people talking about alcohol and the role it has in Australian culture.
The campaign, a VicHealth and State Government initiative, encourages people to come up with a name for that point in the evening when clear thinking can turn to more drinking. There is a $1,000 weekly prize for the most votes and a $5,000 prize for the winning name. To date, the campaign has had more than 1,100 entries and the YouTube video hits are set to tip 100,000.
Free Is Better water will be handed out after dark by our staff at the venues stated on the poster to the left. Find out more at http://www.namethatpoint.com.au/