Today is my birthday. Instead of being happy, I am extremely sad. I actually woke up crying today. This is the 2nd year of celebrating my birthday without my younger sister. Kristine died on January 26, 2010 due to acute alcohol poisoning. She was only 28. Not a day goes by without me thinking of my sister. She was (and still is) one of the most important people in my entire life. Due to alcohol, I won’t be able to see her until the day that I finally leave this world.
I know that there are many people who think that they can’t have fun without drinking alcohol. Believe me, there is nothing wrong with drinking one or two drinks. However, people are constantly going to happy hours, house parties, and just lounging at home and drinking over four drinks, which is considered binge drinking. Binge drinking is no joke. It can quickly turn into a dangerous situation where you are slumped over without any awareness of what’s going on. You can either end up at the hospital getting your stomach pumped, have the wrong person find you, brain dead, or just gone leaving your family grieving for your loss. It’s not worth it. It really isn’t.
Please drink responsibly and think about what you will leave behind.