Shootist wrote:Not quite my area of interest but this discussion has prompted me to wonder quite how the path to alcoholism works. I would assume that very few people set out to become an alcoholic. If this is accepted then there would seem to be a starting point that the drinker will assume he can handle his alcohol consumption and that it will not be a problem. The end point would seem to be when a person tries to stop their alcohol consumption but finds he cannot. It is not until then that he will truly realise he is an alcoholic. The trouble is, even then he may not be able to face the truth. All the usual excuses are trotted out. "I don't have a problem with drink, I can stop whenever I like." and "I enjoy a good drink. What's wrong with that?" Then one day they choke to death on the blood they vomited as a result of the damage cause to their throat, usually alone because nobody wants to live with them.....
Or before things get so bad, they wake up one morning with a concerned and very angry wife and realise yet again that they didn't stop at a couple of drinks.
They then realise they have a problem,followed by a realisation that one's too many and a thousand isn't enough.
Then if they've any sense they to stop.
Drink for such people is an illness an addiction,it doesn't mean they spend every waking hour drunk,but can mean once they start they're not satisfied until they're drunk.
The answer for such people is abstention.
Some people can have a couple of pints and know their limit,OK they may on occasion have one or two too many and perhaps get a little merry,I'd term them as a social drinker who can,to coin a phrase 'handle their drink'.
In the UK,there's a culture been fostered by the drinks industry to sell people as much alcohol as they can get them to pour down their necks in a short time,leaving the streets littered with drunken people of a w/end,and leaving the rest of society to pick up the pieces,it used to happen to an extent when I was a young buck,but nowhere near as bad as at present.
The price of so called 'tramp juice' cider sold in 2lt and 3lt bottles is so cheap as to begger belief.
It's a similar situation with 'legal highs',not to mention illegal drugs,which I agree should be legalised on a very strict,tight and registered basis.
If it did nothing else it would slash crime figures,but the political situation won't allow it,though that's a subject for another thread.
One thing's for sure we'll reap the whirlwind,and the irresponsible cause of it will be up the road with the cash flapping out of their back pocket laughing.