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The Link between Drinking Alcohol and the Bachelor Television Show

Updated on August 10, 2012

The TV Show

Ah yes, The Bachelor. While you may not watch it or like it, chances are good that you are at least familiar with the concept of The Bachelor. This season features Ben Flajnik as the main man, being pursued by several beautiful women in their 20's and 30's.

I have noticed that aside from string bikinis and triple-coated mascara eyelashes, another link among this season's episodes are alcoholic beverages.

The coveted rose.
The coveted rose. | Source

The Requirements

Within each episode of the television show, there are a few staples or required elements.

The Requirements are:

  • Red roses
  • The host Chris Harrison
  • Bachelor Ben without a shirt on
  • Women laughing at Ben's jokes
  • Women and Ben drinking alcohol

Yes, alcohol.


Again I nod.

The women toast with Ben, both in groups and on one-on-one dates. The women also toast each other in numerous scenes and socialise with alcohol-filled glasses. The drinks range from champagne to white wine to mixed drinks of various colours.

In the episode that aired on February 7, Courtney Robertson stripped to her white bikini and waded throgh a shallow pool, carrying her wine glass full of alcohol. I wonder, can she not put down the glass? Does the alcohol help her to walk better? I would have the thought the opposite affect on her balance in this situation.

A glass of wine.
A glass of wine. | Source

All Part Of The Job?

Aside from being the centrefold for The Bachelor, Ben is employed as a Wine Maker and resides in Sonoma, California. He handles wine as part of his job.

Is he taking his work home with him? Does alcohol really need to be featured in the show?

Stats show The Bachelor is watched primarily by the 18-49 age group. Is it possible that these viewers have children? Yes, chances are good that a portion of the viewers have children. These little ones may creep in front of the television or even be allowed to watch the show.

If the under-18-year-olds are watching the show, they see the alcohol in the scenes. The drinks are paired with smiling faces of beautiful women. The children may take away a few perceptions from what they see on the show:

  • Drinking alcohol makes you happy
  • Relationships involve alcohol
  • Alcohol creates fun moments

Children certainly may have the details explained to them by a parent, or be forbidden to watch the show in the first place. While I am not saying that these perceptions are a certainty, there is a chance for them to occur.

The Non-Drinker

What about the women or Bachelor who does not drink? Would he or she be ostracised by the group for choosing not to consume alcohol? That person might stick out from the group in an awkward way.

I would enjoy seeing whether the dynamic would change if one person, or indeed the entire cast, chose not to drink alcohol for the entire season of the show.

What are you thoughts on the role of alcohol within the series The Bachelor?


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    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank-you Vinaya for your kind comment. I am glad you were able to learn about the show through my hub.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile image

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      6 years ago from Nepal

      I have not watched The Bachelor, because the TV stations in my country do not telecast this show. But after reading your hub, I'm quite interested.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes perhaps tipsy women are more outspoken on the show. Good view here Deborah, thanks for the comment.

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      Deborah Neyens 

      6 years ago from Iowa

      I suspect tipsy contestants (or whatever they call those women) make for more drama and better television. I haven't watched the Bachelor in several seasons. It kind of got old fast for me.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good point about the producers possibly using alcohol to promote Ben's business. If he's sober enough to go along with it that could work out for well for him... Thanks for all your support.

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      Terri B. 

      6 years ago

      Right on about all comments regarding how many scenes on the Bachelor show include alcohol of some find. Can't remember if past seasons also did...but I wonder if Ben's ownership in a Winery has anything to do with the producers enticing him with gains business wise. Keep up the great work!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes you are quite right that aside from alcohol sexuality is another part of the show that should be questioned. I wonder if viewers sit back and passively watch without realizing the influences? Thanks for your comments.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      I saw the first airing of this TV show and decided it was meant for men's entertainment and women who enjoyed dressing for men. It all seemed romantic and the settings were beautiful and exotic but it seemed to center around alcohol and sexual relationship. I would love to see a series centered on building a relationship through everyday real-life situations. I agree with shea duane, alcohol has created a black cloud over our country. Enjoyed your hub.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks posh for stopping by and for the wise observation. Better safe than sorry, the quote wins every time.

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      Steve Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Having never seen the show I can't really comment. What I do know is that alcohol, a nice stimulant though it is, can make the user happy and less inhibited but it can equally make a depressed person even more depressed. This is because it is a depressant. My advice is if depressed, leave alcohol well alone.

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the compliments and taking the time to comment. Alcohol seems to be glamorized by the show and I don't agree with that. It's nice to have support from readers here like you!

    • ChristyWrites profile imageAUTHOR

      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Awe thanks for the vote and kind remarks about my hub. I would also love to ask the producers why they encourage alcohol and if they have considered the negative publicity. Alas, the show is a bit hit so it continues on.. It really is all about ratings, isn't it?!

    • shea duane profile image

      shea duane 

      6 years ago from new jersey

      Great hub! Does art (I use the term loosely) imitate life or does life imitate art? I don't agree with censorship, but I think the media is selling a lifestyle that we should talk about (as you have done). I agree with PracticalMommy, this is not real and it does not reflect the way real relationships work. Further, I know I will sound like an old bag, but I think alcohol has created a black cloud over our country and others. Alcoholism is a terrible disease that should not be taken lightly. Again, great hub!

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      6 years ago from United States

      Interesting observation. I don't watch the show that often, but I did happen to catch that episode. You're right: for everything that they did, there was alcohol. The dates, the deserted island, the cocktail hours all had alcohol present. Maybe the producers of the show are trying to get the performers (I don't think really any of this is a good depiction of real life dating and relationships...) to relax. I know it's not a good reason to have alcohol, but it's the only reasonable thing I can think of. I'd love to hear the actual reason from the producers, but their answer would probably be that alcohol adds to the glamour and drama...

      Like I said, interesting observation. Voted up and sharing!


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