January 22, 2008

Why Do You Drink? (Part 2)

Yesterday's post created some interesting comments that have further provoked my initial curiosity. This reason for drinking was given by two separate respondents: "I'm stressed and want to relax". Is alcohol the only stress-relieving drug in this country that's widely socially acceptable? What would it take for social and moderate huffing to become acceptable? Prescription painkillers? Marijuana? Perhaps the effects of drinking are subtler than these examples. Perhaps drinking has a longer history. But perhaps, it shares this lone spot simply because it's legal. When we declare something legal, we create an acceptance as well as an expectation. Therefore, this activity can not be wrong. After all, it is legal.