I think its safe to say that most people in the UK like to have a good drink. We are quite notorious for our drinking antics and not generally for good reasons, however for the most part we drink responsibly. But mention the words ‘hip flask’ in some social groups and you might get branded a drunkard, layabout or heavy drinker. Well we wanted to get some things squared away regarding the use behind the hip flask.
To start with most hip flasks can only really store a very small amount of liquid, the popular 6oz flask actually only holds about 170ml or 7 shorts which is hardly a large amount of alcohol. Of course everyone has there limits but many people use their hip flasks to share toasts with friends and even bring along cups to share out the liquid refreshment. Of course if you intend to down the contents in one then maybe we should stick with the label of drunkard 😉
Hip flasks are generally used in situations where a small drink is required, this includes places that might not normally offer alcohol or make it inconvenient to purchase alcohol, say in the middle of the opera, at a wedding ceremony, at a festival and on the walk home after the pub has closed. Most people use their hip flask in a responsible manor and enjoy the fact that they have a small treat sitting in their pocket.
Lets not view the hip flask as our enemy, but a friend ready and waiting to help us when we need (want) a little pick me up. I’ve taken my flask many places and more often than not arrive back home with half the contents, this is mainly because I don’t want to spend the night drinking out of it but it is great to have it by my side when I fancy some of my favorite rum.
So when you see someone pull out there hip flask don’t think drunkard straight away, think instead that this guy/girl is just looking for a sip of their favorite tipple, you never know they might even share with you.
Please use your hip flask responsibly, used right they can provide conversation, and bring people together with the act of sharing.