Alcoholism vs. Meat Eating


Hello Vegalicious Ones and Happy Halloween,

How does alcoholism and being a meat eater relate? Well, I have been mulling this idea over for a couple of weeks now and this morning, at 5 am after feeding the dog and cat, I just couldn’t go back to bed because of this post…so here are my thoughts on the topic. This is a post that I will be returning to work on because I’m sure I’ll get more insights over the next few days and weeks.


How many times have you heard a meat eater say, “I just could not go vegetarian or vegan because I love “my meat” ? vs. the alcoholic  who says, “I can’t give up drinking because it relaxes me after work, makes me feel __________ “(fill in the blank) or whatever. If you’re a vegan reading this, you’ve more than likely heard this excuse quite a few times.

man eating turkey drinking beer

The meat eating addict typically asks, “What’s wrong with eating meat?” vs. the alcoholic saying, “What’s wrong with drinking? Everyone does it! I don’t drink that much. I only drink occasionally…”Ahem! Yea right, you show up red nosed and smelling like alcohol to your VIP job one too many times…and now you’ve lost your job once again, but you complain and tell others that it’s “Their fault …because they are losers!” You also complain that your friends and family are not there for you when you call and beg for money, which would be akin to dumping money into a black hole! Meat eaters say things very similar, like “I don’t eat that much meat or I only eat chicken!” Meanwhile, 56 BILLION farmed animals are killed each year by humans. Tell me again, how you’re not eating that much meat and not addicted, please!

Alcoholics get very defensive about their drinking habits, but so does meat eaters about their eating habits. During this cold season, woe those of you who try to say something to a sick coworker…even if it is with the best of intent…and you tell that person to stay away from yogurt or drinking milk because it is known to worsen congestion and encourages mucus/phlegm production. Well, you might just be in for someone’s full on rageful outburst! (I’m speaking from experience, so don’t go there…It’s not worth it! Let them suffer and keep your mouth shut! Mine flew open…in one instance… but trust me, I wish I hadn’t! I wanted to help, but it was taken the wrong way.) Then you come to realize as with the alcoholic friend(s) that…

Young Alcoholics

…you can’t save them! Alcoholics have to reach rock bottom before they want to change. No one can make an alcoholic stop drinking! That’s a fact! I have one friend who is a recovering alcoholic and we’ve had long conversations about a friend with a serious problem. The advice he gave me was to eventually walk away from my friend, which I’ve sadly had to do. Abusive behavior, whether in my personal life or at work, will not be tolerated…especially when you’re just trying to help someone get better! However, they do not see it as such! They see it as an attack! And when you think about it, meat eaters react the same exact way! I truly believe that most meat eaters have to reach their first heart attack, get cancer or develop diabetes, before they start looking for other answers and realize that there’s plenty of other delicious, healthier options to eat and drink out there!

AA Meeting

Vegans talk about getting their blinders removed to the the truth about factory farming, animal abuse/rights and meat consumption. Alcoholics talk about similar things, like the photo above so beautifully illustrates – wearing a bag over ones head and being ruled by alcohol before reaching the bottom and knowing that they must change before they literally kill themselves. Meat eaters, on the other hand, are ruled by flesh eating and often combine it with alcohol!

One has to ask oneself, “Can I go a day without eating meat? or drinking alcohol?” How about two days? If the answer is “No” then there’s definitely addiction going on!

steak eater

One day, I realized what a terrible, gross and absurd thing eating meat was…to eat someone else’s flesh! YUCK! Stop and think about that for a moment!…….You’re not a meat eating zombie nor a cannibal, right!? Let’s hope not! Yea, I know zombies don’t exist, but one can imagine…and besides we were not designed for it. Nor were we designed to smoke cigarrettes nor drink enormous amounts of alcohol. Common sense would tell you that it is simply bad for your health…and with so much information out there on the dangers of it – one would assume that most people would “get it”! The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared that hot dogs, bacon, and processed meats are carcinogenic, but will that stop most people from eating it? I seriously doubt it because addiction, whether it is to alcohol or meat, will rule until the individual encounters such a life altering blow that leaves them with no other options than to stop!

Not alcoholics

What excuses have you heard? What excuses, for still consuming animal products or drinking alcohol, do you have? Are you ready to change that or do you have to reach rock bottom or encounter the words by a physicians such as, “You have to stop now or you will die!” This has been told both to a friends mother and to another close friend of mine. One because of diet and the other due to alcoholism! What will it take for you or a loved one to change?

Chained to alchol...or meat?
              Chained to alchol…or meat?

Further Links to check out:

Hot Dogs, Bacon, and other Processed Meats Cause Cancer…
Meat and Dairy Eaters Anonymous Is Alcoholics Anonymous For Vegans, World Health Organization Declares

About urbanveganchic

I'm an urban chic woman, who is passionate about educating others about the benefits of a whole foods, plant-based vegan diet, cancer prevention & survival, as well as art & life. I love adventures and travel. As an artist and a teacher, I care deeply about healthy living, being a conscious steward of our planet, and being kind & respectful towards animals. Learning about a vegan plant-based diet has been like discovering a new country and falling in love with it, so if I sound like I'm enamored you now know why! As a world traveler, I truly wish I had discovered this beautiful new country twenty years ago! Better late than never, as they say, cause there's no going back now! Born and raised in Scandinavia. Proud owner of a tripod cat & a foxy little pup. Speak four languages...some better than others. Working on the fifth one. We are all either part of the problem or the solution! Health & Happiness to you! ~UrbanVeganChic

2 responses »

  1. Hi there! I am curious about the connection of eating meat (and being really into the “art” of butchers and meat cooking) and being simultaneously really into alcohol consumption. I notice in the Conde Nast Traveler magazine there is a clear message about how cool and desirable it is to eat meat and drink chic cocktails and wines….plus to wear leather and fur etc. As a vegan I am curious to see if there is any research on how flesh eaters perhaps are afflicted with a joint addiction, the alcohol being part of a deep denial of the dark reality they are promoting,

    • Hi back! That’s an interesting observation and question you bring forth! I don’t know of any research that would link it. Please let me know. It seems to be the culture that we live in that promotes this type of denial starting as a toddler. I also think that it isn’t just denial and addiction that’s at play, but more of a desensitization and “eating without thinking” culture that we live in. A year ago, I had a similar conversation with a couple of Danish vegan friends who told me that in Denmark there’s this whole new phenomenon coming forth between meat-eating, hunting and masculinity. Let me know if you find anything on this issue! Feel free to email me! Just add gmail to the end of Urbanveganchic. Thanks, Nina

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