The Handcrafted Drink
by The Crowded Camel
The Crowded Camel, like many of us, enjoys occasionally having a drink at the local bar as a means of socializing or relaxing after a long day. The Camel is seen above attempting to pick up his drink, but due to his hooves he accidentally knocks it over, spilling its contents in front of the other bar patrons. He appears embarrassed over the incident, and is likely feeling stress at his inability to handle his drink.
It has been widely documented that stress induces increased alcohol consumption, even if not necessarily related to its pharmacological effects (Wit, Soderpalm, Nikolayev, Young, 1270). In the scene above, the Camel’s inability to pick up his drink and subsequent embarassment from spilling it causes him stress, which in turn causes him to want to drink more alcohol. But he cannot do so because of his unique physical characteristics, which prevent handling a highball glass. And thus, a cycle is created which perpetuates sadness, frustration and defeat. The Camel sees no way out of this cycle of self-induced stress and considers abandoning a potentially enjoyable social experience as a result.
In this scenario, it might be helpful for the Camel to consider unconventional beverage options, such as a martini or perhaps a glass of red wine, both of which are served in more hoof-friendly glasses. Although these are atypical drinks for the Camel and could induce slight social anxiety, they might also solve his problem, allowing him to spend a relaxing and pleasurable evening at his local bar without fear of spilling his beverage.
The Camel, like all of us, should remember that it is okay to go against convention and try new things, even if they take you out of your comfort zone. This open-mindedness and willingness to experiment might not only hold the key to solving our immediate problems, but may also prove to be a rewarding experience in ways we could never have imagined.
Wit, H., Söderpalm, A. H., Nikolayev, L., & Young, E. (2006). Effects of acute social stress on alcohol consumption in healthy subjects. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 27(8), 1270-1277.