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.


Cheesehead Runner said...

I would like to clarify - since I'm one of the people who said that - the context is not: I'm stressed and I want to go get tanked.....RATHER I'm stressed and some friends are going to gather for a drink so we can talk and laugh together.

Eric Olsen said...

I appreciate the clarification.

I guess the follow up would be why does this gathering with friends necessitate drinks if laughing and talking are the stress relievers?

Cheesehead Runner said...

I understand the follow up, but the same can be said for other vices in life - moderation is key -and anyhow, isn't a glass of red wine a day good for you - haha

Eric Olsen said...

i think those are both fair and common responses. like I said to stacy yesterday, i was just looking for a reason i could be comfortable with, and haven't found one yet.

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