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Drinking Alcohol - The Legal Drug

Updated on April 8, 2012

The day of your 21st Birthday is considered a highlight in everyone's life because it's the moment you are able to have your drink of choice. From that moment on, it's legal for you to drink an alcoholic beverage. With that it becomes necessary to drink responsibly, know your limit and don't drink and drive.

Though it's considered legal I believe that alcohol is a drug in liquid form. Alcohol has the same ability to diminish a person's common sense, their ability to think logically, make intelligent decisions and drink in safety. Once the line from drinking responsibly has been crossed into the realm of irresponsible your sense of what's right and wrong changes. That leads to making decisions that can alter your life or than of another person.

A person can become addicted to alcohol as easily as a person becomes addicted to cocaine, heroin, prescription medications and the like. The pits falls of these drugs are quite similar to those of alcohol. Either way, under the influence of any of these limit your intelligence, impede your ability to think logically and make rational decisions. You also have a tendency to think you are invincible, that nothing can touch you.

The lyrics from Brad Paisley's song Alcohol is a play on the humorist way to view the influences it can have but as many of us know, for some, the effects are more deadly. Some of you may not realize that a person can overdose on alcohol, causing them to become comatose and eventually pass away. There is also the possibility of alcohol poisoning and alcohol related injuries. How many times have you heard of car accidents resulting in the death of innocent people caused by someone driving under the influence of alcohol. I've lost a brother to an alcohol related death caused by his thought that one drink would be okay forgetting that as an alcoholic, one drink is never enough.

Alcohol though considered a legal substance should be considered a drug because, getting addicted to this is parallel to getting addicted to illegal drugs. It has been know to cause health issues, death, ruin families, cause people to go bankrupt, behave irrationally, perform illegal activities while under the influence, decide that the way alcohol makes them feel is worth losing family, friends, possessions, your job, your home, your car and unfortunately at times, your life.

Yes, Alcohol is a Drug.


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      Catzgendron 6 years ago from North Chelmsford

      Thank You, lets hope this hub gives people room for thought when they are drinking and they will take extra safety precautions.

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      itakins 6 years ago from Irl

      I know here in Ireland ,alcohol is a massive source of revenue for the powers that be,not to mention a source of pleasure - so I could never see it being banned.Anyway,at this stage people really should be very aware of the possible negative outcomes,and exercise some discretion.Great hub indeed.

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      Catzgendron 6 years ago from North Chelmsford

      I agree that moderate / social drinking is the safest way and hope that someday we can all be more responsible in that respect.

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      Catzgendron 6 years ago from North Chelmsford

      I completely agree. It's poison and has been the ruin of many lives, hurt many families and sadley taken many lives. I myself began to have a problem and decided it was worth taking the chance of being a full blown alcoholic so I quit, it's not worth the risk.

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      Catzgendron 6 years ago from North Chelmsford

      You're welcome. I myself had issues with drinking and decided to stop, it's not worth taking a chance that I can become a full blown alcohoic so abstaining is the lesser of the evil. Hopefully this hub will make a few people think before they take the next drink.

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      James Ranka 6 years ago from Port Neches

      Alcohol is not only 'just' a drug; it's the most dangerous drug of all. When most people consume this drug, self-control goes out the window.

      Alcohol-related deaths trump ALL legal or illegal drugs combined!

      Car accidents, shootings, stabbings, physical and mental abuse... All magnified tenfold when most people consume alcohol.

      I would much rather deal with a person high on marijuana, for example, because that person is mellowed - not angry, and ready for a fight.

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      Carol 6 years ago from Greenwood, B.C., Canada

      Thank you for answering my question in such a well thought out and well written manner. In my opinion you hit the nail on the head!


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