[In my pit debut] I’ve heard a commercial on the local radio for “Hangover Blocker.” I have no idea of how effective it is, but that is not important.
During the commercial it describes how horrible a hangover is and then says, “It’s almost enough to make you give up drinking.”
What the fuck did you think a hangover is for? To let you know how great a night you had? A hangover is nature’s way of letting you know you had too much to drink. Alcohol is good when used responsibly and in moderation. It is bad in excess. A hangover is a blaring reminder to curb the alcohol.
Alcohol can be a very dangerous substance. There are physical damages from alcohol poisoning, eventual deteriation of the liver, and the destruction of brain cells (except for Cecil who has enough for twenty lifetimes). There are psychological problems from dependency and addiction. There are social ramifications when you’re under the influence. How many drunk driving deaths, unwanted pregnacies, wife and child beatings, embarrasing behavior, and other undesirable actions have been able only because the person was drunk?
And we’re encouraging this?
I understand that many billions of dollars are lost each year due to lost hours or impaired employess but why not try encouraging responsible behavior rather than a magic pill. And you know, when a hangover pill is perfected that it will outsell Viagra.
Whereas now, people control their drinking knowing the effects. How many more are going to drink in excess knowing by popping a pill the night before or the morning after that there will be no side affects?
I do drink but only occassionally, but I know of many horrible instances of excessive drinking. When I was a child, our car got hit by a drunk driver. My mother’s arm was shattered and my unborn brother could have suffered brain damage or died. (He’s fine but I’m still not sure about the brain damage.) There are many other stories that I could tell but this is the most personal.
Shit, why not encourage this. Maybe many more people will contribute to the Darwin awards. There’s an agreement between all sane people to be hidden away from 10pm-5am and we let everybody else free to do what they want. The lucky ones can go to work the next day with no headache or anything. The unlucky ones can contribute to an article in the newspaper showing what this dumb fuck did the other night to contribute to their elimination from the gene pool.
I could probably go on for another hour, but I’ll stop for now for a breather.