reply to post by FlySolo
Nah, the war on drugs and what it costs us is an indication of how the world really works. Or the more legal topic on this site: Prohibition.
I know for a FACT with the number of heavy-scary drinkers in my family alone, that Alcoholism is at least 10-fold more dangerous to my family than the
danger of smoking.
Father woke up in a tree with no clue how he got there, quit drinking heavy. Grandpa got in a wreck, lost his teeth, quit drinking heavy. Uncle went
through the scariest hospital visit of his life, made worse by being a drunkard, quit drinking entirely. I had 1 bout with being too drunk to enforce
"No!" (literally, turned the dude down, then forgot within a few seconds that I said no), THEN blanked out after that, quit drinking heavily. Baby
brother found himself drinking his life away instead of making decisions, due to the way this country was running, and running out of a future, due to
the alcohol, quit drinking heavily. It's painful to look at because this is maybe the half of it, with my own family--and then there's the drinking
on my in-law's side. But those of us who came out of this either learned moderation, or had to quit altogether. What helped for us is that we're
control freaks. You lose a lot of control, being drunk.
Another Uncle refused to quit drinking, killed himself with the alcohol, and hurt his daughters whenever he was drunk. So we have our failures.
Smoking can kill you--quite painfully, and at a high cost. Smoking can alter your hormones (emotions), but I'd rather die from smoking than putting
my family through yet another uncontrolled alcoholic ANY DAY. ANY LIFETIME! You have to have nearly a whole family full of potentially dangerous
drinkers to know what I'm talking about--and from what I've heard this goes way back in our families.
So, all of us should be for prohibition, right? Not at all. The moment you make this illegal, you set up another crime world, like the gangs of the
prohibition era. Prohibited items FUEL black markets. We don't need to feed the monster by making something illegal.