I wanted to share the post I just wrote for my new website, SHD Prevention, titled: What if the Dog Had Been a Spouse, Parent or Child.
In that post, I shared Budweiser’s 2014 drink responsibly PSA titled, “Friends are Waiting.” If you’ve watched this 1 minute PSA – along with the more than 22 million others who’ve viewed it on YouTube – you can appreciate how heartwarming it is.
But as I shared in my post on SHDPrevention.com, this PSA falls short of the expanded message…
Drinking Responsibly Means Not Causing Secondhand Drinking
Quoting from my article,
What if the devoted Cooper had been a spouse, child or parent?
Replace Cooper’s whimpers, looking towards the window when car lights approach and forlornly laying down to wait, with a spouse watching the clock, repeatedly texting, “where are you?,” calling Luke’s friends to see if they know where he is and calling local hospitals to see if Luke’s been admitted having been in a car accident. And what if Luke and his wife had children, and her angst was in turn affecting them: “Mommy, where’s Daddy?” or “Mommy, what’s wrong?” or “Mommy, you seem sad,” to which Mommy tersely responds, “Nothing, now go to bed!”
That’s what secondhand drinking is all about – coping with a person’s drinking behaviors. Drinking behaviors occur when the ethyl alcohol chemical in alcoholic beverages changes how a person’s brain works. Drinking behaviors include verbal, physical, emotional abuse; neglect; driving while impaired; physical assault, to name a few.
In the spouse scenario, Luke’s drinking behaviors included his “decision” to stay out all night without calling and not responding to her texts. Drinking responsibly would have involved Luke having a conversation with his spouse before going out or calling when he’s thinking of drinking beer #2 or #3 to say he’ll be staying the night.
In the Budweiser PSA scenario, Luke’s drinking behavior includes worrying his beloved Cooper all night. Drinking responsibly would have involved Luke making arrangements for Cooper’s care before going out with his friends for a social night of drinking.
Even the Family Pet Experiences Secondhand Drinking
As we saw in this one minute PSA, secondhand drinking – the negative impacts of a person’s drinking behaviors on others – has a profound effect on everyone who has to cope with them, even the family pet.
© 2015 Lisa Frederiksen