If alcohol was discovered today

Day 25

“If alcohol was discovered today it could never be sold as it is far too toxic to be allowed under current food regulations, let alone pharmaceutical safety thresholds.”

“Alcohol is both one of the oldest and most dangerous drugs, responsible for about 2.5 million deaths worldwide, which is more than malaria or Aids.”

Source: David Nutt, and UK’s advisory committee on the misuse of drugs

In a report issued by the UK Government, “Alcohol is the most dangerous drug in the UK by a considerable margin. The study says that if drugs were classified on the basis of the harm they do, alcohol would be class A, alongside heroin and crack cocaine – by a considerable margin.”

Source: The Guardian

Let that all sink in.

Alcohol is so ingrained in many parts of the world. Exceptions include Thailand; on my recent trip to northern Thailand, I found that alcohol was NOT a part of the social fabric because one of the precepts of Buddhism is to refrain from drugs and alcohol. In the US and through out Europe, cultures where I have grown up and lived in, this extremely toxic substance is and has been available over the counter everywhere.

And it’s so okay to have a drink to celebrate, to drown your sorrows, to socialise – everything. It’s even okay now to drink at home. Alone even.

I got swept up in that, and used alcohol to subdue myself, to submerge the real me, to not address what was going on in my life. And it was a cheap solution too – as it is so easy to purchase wine at really low prices.

I was a Class A user!

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