Following on from Alpin's thread, where someone mentioned starting a new thread on this subject...
Last night, I was sitting chatting to a mate, about drink and drugs. He's a smoker, where I'm more of a drinker. He was saying he quite likes the odd pint or two, but really hates getting drunk, whereas he'll smoke weed until he keels over. Cannabis seems to be a drug more suited to him, and his lifestyle (he has 3 kids, and needs to feel in control, which he can't do, if he drinks).
I explained how I love beer, and enjoy the buzz of going out to a pub, and sitting chatting with others, with lowered inhibitions and all that. I really do like that nice pub atmosphere. Of course, it's a double-edged sword, as things can quickly turn nasty on booze, and I'm prone to becoming a vicious little C when riled. And there's nowt worse than when Booze Goes Bad...
But mainly, I can either go out with friends, and just have 2 or 3, or if sat at home, just have a couple, and feel little ill-effects. I'd say 'using' alcohol is something that I'm glad to have, as part of my life.
But what of the 'bad' aspect of booze? Is it 'bad' to drink regularly? Is alcohol as inherently evil, as religion may suggest? Or is it the evil within us, which is unleashed if we drink to much?
Of course, none of us 'need' alcohol, but considering it's widespread use, I'd say it's a fairly important aspect of our social structure. Alcohol is often the lubricant at social events; weddings, funerals, birthdays, gallery openings, football matches, Royal Garden Parties, even Holy Communion. So, do we need something to oil the wheels of social interaction? Or should we find something else?
Is it bad, to drink?