Inebriation is depicted by someone holding a beer bottle, a liquor bottle, drinking, posting “gonna get drunk” on social media, advertisements for Budweiser and Patron, films like “Project X” and “Super Bad”. Not just alcohol, but also cannabis and other drugs through lifestyle-culture like “4-20 blaze it” and posting photos of “nugs” and bongs on Facebook, wearing weed-leaf socks and other paraphernalia.
How is sobriety depicted? It can’t be, sobriety isn’t anything, it’s an absence of something. When you participate in something you’re communicating that it’s okay for others to participate too. That’s how drug culture or any culture propagates.
During the 60’s the hippie movement arose and fueled drug experimentation along with a sexual revolution. This lasted until about the 80’s during the AIDs crises which the sexual revolution had fueled. During this period there had also been a culture rejecting the haphazard lifestyle. Many of those with a like mindset of anti-drug found common ground in their own counter culture of punk, hardcore, and metal. Finally, in 1981 the band “Minor Threat” stimulated the movement by coining the term “Straight Edge” with a song for the already existing culture.
Because of the lyrics some non-members of Straight Edge believe that there’s some sort of rule book for Straight Edge, but that’s not the case. There are members of Straight Edge who smoke cannabis to ease pains of cancer or lupus, but don’t become weed fanboys, and treat it with dignity like the herb that it is. There are members who abstain from sex until marriage. There are members who tie it synonymously to veganism or vegetarianism.
This is a worldwide movement where members just try and live by what they think is best for their environment.
Straight Edge offers a positive lifestyle in a way not possible by any other means.