I was reminded of this in a conversation with a good friend, but the topic was never fully developed because we were discussing more cosmic affairs.
The question I posed was “Alcohol: What’s the point?”
I want to know why people drink. What do you get out of it? From what I can tell, lack of self-control and loss of capacity for reason. Imagine what could go wrong… what might I do if I was out of it? I may not even know that I’m not all there, so I couln’t even halt my actions once drunk. What might I say? What might I reveal? And of couse, biologically it’s poison. Think of what I might do to my brain and liver. Lots of risk, lots of disadvantages.
So, in the face of all this, there must be something pretty good about being drunk to make people do it. From what I’m told, it can’t be the taste. So, why does anyone put themselves in a state like this?
Understand, I’m not some religious purist bend on evicting the immoral beverages from the earth and saving the souls of those tempted to drink. It just seems wildly risky, unproductive, and without a good reason for partaking. I’ve been walking escort, interprovincial designated driver and supervisor of sleeping drunk friend, but never imbiber.
What good is it, can you tell me?
[When I decided to post this, I had ‘Great Debates’ in mind, but I wasn’t sure if it qualified. If it’s good enough, could somebody move it there? Thanks either way, wolfStu.]