I personaly believe that alcohol is fine, yes it is abused by people into a whole new level, but that is the people and the culture, not the alcohol
Personaly i have myself different drinks for different occasions/reasons.
On a typical friday night, i drink 4% larger, such as Carling and Fosters (don't know if the USA have them, but they're just standard beers here in
the UK). I drink these on a weekend night because they are fairly weak, so you can drink like 10pints and still know your head so to speak, and also
because the alcohol level is fairly weak in comparision to the amount of water in the larger, the hangover is rarther weak.
If im having a single nice drink, such as after a hard shift at night, or a general winter warmer, it tends to be a glass of scotch, single malt if im
or some irish cream. Something to sip and relax too. This is how i personaly believe spirits are meant to be drank, but with vodka and
the alco-pops (queer-beers as i call them lol) and the culture of binge drinking, people tend to binge on spirits, as one person stated earlier, you
can't taste is, and that can be a danger. Like the reason we have the feeling of pain, if we couldn't feel pain, how will we know when to take our
hand out of the fire?
A couple of drinks on a weeknight for me tends to be a couple of ales or stouts, they tend to be stronger and more flavoursome, a nicer drink over all
with many to choose from here in the UK, and you have to admit, nothing beats a good local ale, and it keeps the local micro-brewing industry going,
which sadly is at risk at the moment in the UK, a huge shame
Wine tends to go with food to complement the flavours, but to be perfectly honest, i prefer an ice cold cider or a larger with my sunday roast that a
glass of wine.
As for alcopops, can't stand them! Far too much sugar and chemicals in there, my mouth feels like it's covered in paste and gets stuck together if i
have more than two. Which is annoying because i sound like im drunk because of sticky mouth, but im genualy am not, don't think i've ever managed to
get drunk of alcopops.
Point that im trying to make i guess is that alcohol gets a bad rep from almost everyone, and in the UK it is widely known that the whole
binge-drinking culture is highlighted constantly so that they can rise the tax on alcohol again and again, which in turn is destroying the classic
british pubs and micro-brewers, leaving the only places left open being chains such as Weatherspoons, Liquid, clubs and such were the binge drinking
culture is encouraged. The binge-drinking culture is being created by this cycle, myself and many of my friends prefer to drink in a pub than a club,
and always have done, but when it comes to the weekend, around 11pm, we have to go to a club just so we can carry on having a few drinks and chat. We
just stay in the smoking area to avoid the stumbling messes inside,lol.
Everything is bad if moderation is not used. But i do miss the pubs were the staff know the customers, and when you enter you are not seen as a
customer, but a friend/person, and can quite happily walk in on your own and have a chat with the bar staff.