By Sunday Akin Olukoju
Whatever you drink that makes you stink is a big hole into which you’ll eventually sink. Whenever you stink and you refuse to think, you are a step closer to the brink.
People that drink whatever will make them stink will never know how to shrink from the brink. In fact, they will continue to be like people who like to blink and wink at a lady in the dark while skating with normal shoes on a rink and getting a pink eye in the process.
Those that drink what makes them stink are on a slippery slope at all times. It is so easy to hoodwink the people that stink from what they drink. No one takes such people serious when they open their mouth to talk.
No one is drawn to them. No one wants to be in the same room with most of them since their action could be unpredictable. The police will pull such people over and ask them to do the mandatory walk or demand the person’s breath and saliva sample.
Any driver suspected of drunk-driving or driving under the influence (DUI) may be asked to stand on one foot as one of the ways to verify that driver’s state of mental stability when perceived to be intoxicated.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada) confirmed that “crashes involving alcohol and/or drugs are a leading criminal cause of death in Canada”. This registered Canadian charitable organization also affirmed that “every day, on average, up to 4 Canadians are killed and many more are injured in alcohol and/or drug-related motor vehicle crashes on public roads involving at least one “principal highway vehicle” (i.e. passenger cars, vans, trucks, and motorcycles)”.
Any drink that will cause someone to stink will also get such a person to be intoxicated. Such an individual will then become a carrier of toxic. Such a toxic will poison the environment and cause harm to innocent people. Such a toxic can force the carrier’s kidney to shut down. It can cause someone to lose control of his or her coordination and common sense.
Some froze to death as a result of such intoxication. Such a toxic drink can shrink the brain and could lead to epilepsy. A drink that makes its consumer stink will sink the person in the brink. No wonder the government decided to tighten the noose on the loose laws by introducing mandatory road side alcohol screening while a tougher criminal law against drunk-driving is now in place.
But why do people drink what will make them stink? And when they stink, how come they never realized that it could sink them. One Brian O’Rourke wrote: “When we drink we get drunk. When we get drunk we fall asleep. When we fall asleep we commit no sin. When we commit no sin we go to heaven. Sooooo, let’s all get drunk and go to heaven!”
On a lighter note, this is a hug joke, and on a serious note, O’Rourke’s statement is very far from truth and reality. The right thing will be: “When we drink we get drunk. When we get drunk we become tipsy. We also lose our mental alertness. When we get drunk we fall asleep behind the wheel. When we fall asleep behind the wheel we commit multiple vehicular errors. When we commit these errors we ended up in serious vehicular accident. When this happens we lose our lives and we go to hell for killing others and for committing preventable suicide. Sooooo, let’s all think and not drink, and be able to go to heaven at the ripe age and the right time!”
Mistakes are bound to be made anytime a drink makes someone to stink. Accidents are just terrible occurrences waiting to happen anytime some people drink to the point where they start to stink. Homicide is not far away in a home where some people drink alcohol to that extreme position when they start to stink.
So, what can we do? We live in a world of freedom. We give permission for people to consume anything, alcohol included, even when we realize its dire consequences – from health to safety and security, to economic implications and future challenges as more babies are born with alcohol-induced issues.
The government of Canada confirmed that “drinking alcohol during pregnancy can seriously harm an unborn baby”; and that “each year in Canada, it is estimated that nine babies in every 1,000 are born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)”.
This will mean millions of dollars in federal cash for the care of such kids in various mentally-challenged homes across the country since “the birth defects and developmental disabilities that result from FASD” will force hundreds of thousands to be dependent on the state for the rest of their lives.
Although the government of Canada believes that the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) that is growing in size “are preventable by avoiding alcohol during pregnancy”, there is no serious reason to believe that the government has done anything extraordinary in mandating pregnant women to refrain from drinking during pregnancy.
When people sink as a result of the drink that make them stink, it is usually because they lost control of their mind, mouth, and manners. Hear W.C. Fields who wrote: “Fell in love with a beautiful blonde once. Drove me to drink. And I never had the decency to thank her.”
Drink an alcohol and end up in the hole. Those who indulged in alcohol consumption will always miss following the necessary protocol. They usually add dangerous drugs to it. When they do that, they usually end up breaking the law with impunity. And of course, they end up in jail or in the casket.
The World Health Organization (WHO) identified “the health burden caused by the harmful use of alcohol”, and thereafter confirmed that “the hazardous and harmful use of alcohol is a major global contributing factor to death, disease and injury: to the drinker through health impacts, such as alcohol dependence, liver cirrhosis, cancers and injuries; and to others through the dangerous actions of intoxicated people, such as drink–driving and violence or through the impact of drinking on fetus and child development”.
On a global scale, the WHO’s report conclusively admitted that “the harmful use of alcohol results in approximately 2.5 million deaths each year, with a net loss of life of 2.25 million” while “harmful drinking can also be very costly to communities and societies”. Yet, we continue to encourage people to drink as much alcohol as they could.
This brings up the importance of reasoning. How much do we use our thinking faculty as human beings? Why do people consume poison and expect to live long?
Why do we give freedom to people to eat junk and drink themselves to death? It is time to compulsorily mandate every dink with or without a cufflink never to blink or wink or even do double-think but to always think in order to connect the missing link so as not to sink into the brink. No one can hoodwink or give a pink eye to the one who is always doing groupthink and or calculated re-think.
(❚ Dr. Sunday Akin Olukoju is the Director of Distance Education of Providence Theological Seminary, a community newspaper correspondent, and the president of a community organization)