simonineaston wrote:Another example, as if we needed yet another, of the marked difference between individual experience and statistical observation. I've lost count of the number of personal friends and aquaintences who've suffered badly from this addictive drug. Lives ruined and lost. Like they say, if alcohol was invented tomorrow, they'd ban it in an instant.
On the other hand, I've also lost count of the number of Great Times I've had, when alcohol has been present & correct - so, where's my pencil - let's see if I can calculate the odds...
The major problem with statistics is that many if those who drink to excess lie to themselves and others so give false answers when questioned.
Take my father (I refuse to refer to him as ‘dad’), for example, to the best of my knowledge he never admitted to having a problem with alcohol and told anyone who asked he only had one or two shots a day.
This was despite routinely drinking a bottle of whisky before breakfast and, in later life, losing both lower legs due to complications related to it.