Staying in hostels for quite an enormous period of my life and viewing people who drink alcohol occasionally, I would categorize them into the following groups. Not included are the everyday alcoholics. These were my observations while staying in hostels. It may be or may not be correct, but kindly take it in your stride. Nothing personal for anyone.
- The Silent Group: This is the first group. They would drink a little, be very quiet and without creating any scene, would slowly disappear to sleep or work.
- The Not So Silent Group: The second category of people is what I like the most. These are the people who after a few drinks would talk nonsensical humorous stuff which is harmless. Laugh and fun are often forgotten words of a medical student, who spends his student life often literally in a strait jacket. This group of people gives me a sense of unwinding. Who doesn’t love a crack at a few jokes?
I used to have a group of non-medical friends with whom I often used to go around with. One of them in particular was a funny fellow, whom I knew lied a lot. If he had spoken hundred sentences, ninety nine of them would be false. But his sense of on the spot humor was something I have never found in any other. If I was stressed on any account, I would go to him for lightening things up.
- The Serious Group: The third group is the group that consists of serious people. I find them boring to be precise. After a few drinks, their talks would suggest that the whole burden of this world is on them and they need to solve these as soon as possible.
- The Depressed Group: The fourth group is the group of the depressed. After a few shots, they would be complaining of each and everything and how stupid their life had become under the burden of these heavy medical books. Being with this group, you will feel like dried sugarcane, with no zest for life.
- The Brother Group: The fifth group is the group I would refer to the ‘Brother’ group. People of this group, how much ever they hate or love or know or don’t know you, after a few shots would be in Utopia where everyone are brothers, albeit for a very short time. The feeling of brotherhood soon disappears with disappearing levels of alcohol in the blood.
- The Lovers Group: The sixth group is the ‘Lovers’ group. All their untold feelings harbored in their hearts would spill out. They, under the alcohol induced euphoria, would talk about their love. In those days, the cell phones had not yet arrived and you would see people outside calling booths, some coming out with tears which soon vanishes with thinning levels of alcohol. It would be a different matter that the next day dialogues as such by the women they had called up like “I have only brotherly feelings for you or I think of you as a friend only …etc…” would be common. Firm soundings of the shit they had spoken on phone to their girlfriends would also be played back to them with warnings when they would go to visit the ladies. Only in the mornings would the guys realize the blunder of their emotions the previous night. Many affairs, thus on their build up, had failed at the altar of alcohol.
- The Empty vessels make more Noise group: This is the last group and I belonged to this category. I am not a member of this anymore. It’s called, ‘The Empty vessels make more Noise group’. This is for those people who have a single beer or whiskey, but would act as if they have had a dozen. For me, I never acted, but it was my system which had such manifestations. For me, a beer was the limit. And if somehow, I crossed it, the next day would be making rounds to the bathroom to puke. I was a weakling when it came to alcohol. It never suited me.
So, that ends the classification of College going occasional fun seeking drinkers. I, still to this day, believe that whatever be it or however we were, staying together as one, irrespective of our backgrounds, was the greatest event that could have ever happened.