Oh yes, that holiday toast is just awesome when the eggnog is heavily laced with the appropriate spirits. Alcohol is great for drowning your troubles. If you are a wallflower, alcohol can make you the life of the party. And. your timidity can be eliminated by the large consumption of alcohol that results in huge "beer muscles" - no trips to the gym! Alcohol can make you feel like you are king of the world. Really?
No, not really. Alcohol is a depressant and when consumed in excess, dulls your conception of reality. Constant excess will lead to dependency.
Alcohol is processed in two basic ways: fermentation and distillation. Beer, wine, and malt beverages are the offspring of fermentation while whiskey and other hard spirits are the prodigy of distillation. These two processes are worlds apart: fermentation follows a pattern copied from nature while distillation is a man-made process (in the quest for a quicker and bigger buzz?). And maybe, just maybe, fermented products are gentler on the human system then distillates. But now let's take a step back and know that excessive use of alcohol that comes from any process will bring dependency in its' wake. The beer,wine, and liquor purveyors tell us to "drink responsibly." Yes, that's all fine, good, right, and proper but the amount consumed is still up to the individual. And those purveyors spend big bucks so that we will "drink up."
Think about it. Our entire year is littered with opportunities for the above mentioned purveyors (too many to mention by name) to ply their products and trade. Oh, come on, admit it - their advertisements are "tasty." And, let's not forget that alcohol is a legal drug. Not to burst your bubble or rain on your parade, but when alcohol was illegal, marijuana was not. That said, I'm gonna have another beer.
Copyright @ 2012 Terry Unger
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