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Drinking Alcohol - The Legal Drug
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.