The Alcohol Lie

We need to stop saying "alcohol and drugs" and start saying "alcohol and other drugs," and the only reason to alienate alcohol from other drugs is because it's the deadliest drug of all--even in moderation.

In our society it’s common to believe that there are “normal drinkers,” people who drink alcohol seemingly without incident, and then there are “alcoholics,” those whose lives become unmanageable when they drink. Until recently, these were the only two distinctions made for drinkers--normal or abnormal.

Mainstream culture still refers to the alcoholic, but in modern medicine and psychology the term AUD (Alcohol Use Disorder) is used instead because we know now that alcohol use and abuse exists on a spectrum--and that problem drinking is not an either/or proposition. Alcohol causes health problems for so-called “normal drinkers” as well, but these problems may be ignored or blamed on other factors if alcohol has never created any external problems for the drinker.

Alcohol is addictive. It is also a known carcinogen. It damages internal organs, dehydrates the body and ages the skin. It also kills more people than all other drugs combined. Not to mention wreaking havoc on families, generation after generation.

The alcohol “lie” that we’ve all been told is that alcohol is not a drug, it enhances our lives, and that it even has some health benefits. For example, there are nutrients and health benefits in drinking red wine, but the nutrients are found in the grapes--not the alcohol. This would be like eating a Big Mac because it contains protein and carbohydrates. There are much healthier ways to get your nutrients.

Alcohol IS a drug. In fact, it’s the deadliest drug of all, and any perceived health benefits of drinking alcohol are greatly outweighed by the risks. Have you ever heard of a doctor recommending that someone drink more alcohol for their health? None that would like to keep their practice.

Now add in the violent crimes, rape, sexual abuse and child abuse, traffic accidents and destruction of property that alcohol plays a part in and the picture becomes clear.

We've been had.



Alcohol is good for NO ONE.