I found a disturbing story on the BBC news website this morning:
Alcohol dependency is a serious problem but regrettably is often viewed into a moral issue – many people still think of alcohol dependency as a moral, personal or character weakness.
Many drinkers themselves think it is because they lack “willpower” and I am often asked by drinkers to help them be able to “just have a drink or two and then stop after that.”
I’m not sure how realistic this is – for me, this is akin to heroin addicts asking to be able to carry on using heroin, but just not to have the addiction.
Addiction is a powerful problem – heroin addiction destroys lives and rapidly turns normal people into career criminals as they steal to fund their habit.
What is interesting to me is how different drug addictions produce different outcomes – heroin addicts tend to steal, crack cocaine addicts tend to prostitute, alcohol addicts tend to shout and scream in the street on Friday and Saturday nights, fight and break stuff.
Yet for some reason as a culture we “ban” heroin and crack and continue to imprison dealers, yet alcohol dealing is still perfectly legal and is even encouraged. Should it surprise us then that young people are increasingly having a problem with alcohol?