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Alcohol and football

Written by Bob Flanagan

So, the World Cup is upon us. A time for celebration, excitement, fun, friends, laughter, suspense, and of course, anxiety! Whether your team is winning or losing, it will bring about emotions, feelings and behaviours to be wary of and conscious about.....

Socially, it may be nice to enjoy a drink and some food while you settle down to support your country with friends and relatives, although always ensure this is both legal and responsible. Heightened emotions can have a major effect on the amount of alcohol consumed as well as those heightened emotions being a result of alcohol itself. It may be that you are celebrating, or even drowning your sorrows. Either way, always be aware of the amount you drink so you can always be conscious and in control of your behaviours, and the effect, both physical and emotional, on others. This doesn’t mean that alcohol is completely responsible for the way we behave as a result of happiness or anxiety, and others may not share the same emotions as you over the same event. It may sound extreme, but reports show that cases of domestic violence are predicted to rise by around 30% while the World Cup is being staged!

It is also important to consider that every nationality and every culture holds the World Cup in different regard and importance, as well as support and celebration of their team’s successes and disappointment in failure. Remember that something acceptable in one culture is not always equally accepted by another country or culture, so is always worth considering the diversity we have around the world. Although the definition of diversity is often considered that we treat everyone equally, more accurately it is about accepting and celebrating the differences between us all. Look around you, see how different all of your friends are. Do they all laugh at the same jokes? Do they all believe in the same things? Probably not, so it is good to not base your feelings on these differences, but to enjoy those differences with your friends and learn about their beliefs and cultures. This way, we can become more educated about how others live their lives as well as enable everyone to become more included in what we do. Far from being wrong to point out someone’s differences, it is more important to allow that someone the same opportunities as you, even if it is in a different way from you, rather than attempt to convince them your way of life is the right way.

The key thing to remember is, as big an event as the World Cup is, and as important as it seems, it is not life or death. Always consider that, no matter how temporary or unique a behaviour is, it could have a long term effect on those around you.

At TCHC, we believe strongly in diversity and the celebration of our differences and helping others to develop those skills for themselves. My Future can give you those skills to enable you to celebrate in style, yet always be aware of the differences we all have; probably one of the most important skills we can gain in any work environment as well as life.

About the Author

Bob Flanagan

After a long career in retail and retail management, I became a tutor of Employability Skills. From this, having qualified as a  career adviser in an adult role, I embarked on a career working with young people.

Previously I have worked in a community role with King’s Lynn Town FC, working with many schools and organisations around Norfolk. I am also a qualified FA football coach.

I believe it is important to always be honest about your skills and abilities, know your limits, and when to ask for help. There is always someone available to assist you.

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