Alcohol is still number one...
Did you know- alcohol is still the number one abused drug of addiction?
The number of deaths associated with it is also very high, and many aren’t accounted for, because they are attributed to some other cause (but as a result of alcohol abuse). We may tend to not remember that it's such a big issue, or even think about it, because first, the opioid problem right now is huge and is so much in the spotlight, and second, because it's so socially acceptable in society. And it's legal. It's a thing to do after work. It's used as a crutch, and a coping mechanism. It's used to help have fun. This list goes on and on, doesn't it?
I saw a quote last night: "Alcohol is a very effective dissolving agent. It dissolves families, marriages, friendships, jobs, bank accounts and neurons, but never problems."
I have seen what it does and can do, and have experienced both sides, myself. It causes people to say and do things they normally wouldn't do, be it with another person outside of a relationship commitment or marriage. It causes heartache for those loved ones watching from the outside. It causes anger. It causes heartache. It causes separation, from others and from God. It also hurts us physically, even though many of us wouldn't want to admit that. It lowers motor skills just after a small amount, and reaction skills. It's normal to have booze at children's parties, and for people to get tipsy and wasted at them. So who's the party really for? This list also goes on and on...
It has become our norm, and we actually feel we "need it". Why are our minds so set this way? Who knows. It didn't become that way overnight, but it's here, now.
As our perception changes over time, we can see from another angle that it truly can be harmful to and for so many of us out there. I'm not talking about people who can casually have one, once in a while, either. You know what I mean.
I'm not sure that there's a total solution for this, but awareness can sure help. Prevention can help, even if one person doesn't go that way (and we'll never know if it was prevented because that person may not go that route because of something they saw or heard). If you're engrossed in the addiction to alcohol, you can reach out for help. There's plenty out there, and different paths to recovery. We all can be available for someone who may need help.
It's not easy, and this issue is not an easy one, as most issues in the world. But if each of does a little part, the world will change, and for the better.
I know this may sound harsh, and may not be what many want to hear, but it's the truth as I see it, and have learned.
It's a reality. And it's here.
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