I've always been a drinker - and it's never been a problem, either socially, or to my own sense of right vs wrong.
Going through school, I drank.
When I joined the Army, I drank (lots!).
Now that I own a business, I drink (daily).
But this all stopped a few days ago, as I joined my business up to a fundraising event called Dry in July
, which helps sufferers of Cancer.
This isn't a plug, but you can check out the cause here - Dry in July
I've been shocked by the replies from people - most are saying, "Wow, I couldn't go a month without a drink!".
Which got me thinking ... and then realizing, with much horror, that I probably haven't gone more than a few days, over the last decade, without a
drink in hand.
And most people, if they are brutally honest, will probably come to the same realization; alcohol is most peoples constant companions. Alcohol is
there through the good, and the bad times ... but what is alcohol really doing for us? And do we really need it?
So, I've done some very basic research, into the negative effects of alcohol in Australia;
Alcohol misuse costs the Australian community 15.3 billion dollars each year when factors such as crime and violence, treatment costs, loss of
productivity and premature death were taken into account 
51% of alcohol consumed is drunk at levels that pose a risk of short-term harm 
Over 3 000 Australians die each year as a result of harmful drinking 
Over 450 000 children (13.2%) live in households where they are at risk of exposure to binge drinking by at least one adult 
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Alcohol Consumption in Australia: A Snapshot, 2004-05 reports that:
One in eight adults (approximately 2 million people) drink at risky/high risk levels.
The proportion of people drinking at risky/high risk levels has increased from 8.2% in 1995 to 13.4% in 2004-05.
15% of adult males and 12% of adult females drink at risky/high risk levels.
The increase in those drinking at risky/high risk levels since 1995 has been greater for women than men. From the three National Health Surveys
since 1995, the proportion of females who drank at risky/high risk levels increased from 6.2% to 11.7%, while for males the increase was from 10.3% to
15.2%, after adjusting for age differences.
25% of those aged 14-19 years drank alcohol on a daily or weekly basis in the last 12 months.
Pretty intense stuff - and pretty damning evidence that alcohol has a staggering negative impact on our society.
And yet, we all drink!
I was curious to hear what others thoughts were?
To me, it appears as though most people are self-medicating at the end of the day, without really realising.