We drink, we booze, we binge and we refuse to accept the fact that by whatever term we use drinking is bad. We are in denial. There was a BBC program I watched quite some time ago. In the Big cities in the UK The emergency wards and the police are at their busiest come Friday and saturday night. People getting hurt, life being lost, much more then the negative impacts of drug abuses. Yet we are in denial.
It is big business. The brewery, the advertising, the footbal clubs, the logistics, the pubs, the bars keep the economy going.
When Howard did a ban of drinking amongst the aborigines in the Northern Territory the oppositions were rather muted. He put across an argument which is quite difficult to counter, that the aboriginal society and tribes of NT are victims of alcoholism.
Yet in France, where wine could be cheaper than coke, alcoholism is not as big as in the UK or Russia. Cultured drinking versus drinking to get pissed. Drinking to accompany food versus drinking to get out of this world. Get into a bar in France, the focus is F&B. You can get coffee, espresso, food, breakfast, ommellete, croisant, wiune and champagne and beer. Get into a pub in the UK the focus is on drinking, alcoholism.
In a multicultural multireligious society, arguing on the basis of religion is usually futile. No religion says that alcoholism is good.
There are people who argue that drinking and alcoholism are two different animals. Isnt it like saying that drug taking is OK but drug addiction is not? taking hashis is OK but heroin is a no no ?
In The book of Wisdom, there is a verse saying that the disbenefits outweigh the benefits. Go, think!! wisely.