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Originally posted by useless eaters
4, I just got to tell ya the Chinese have never weaned themselves off of anything. If they don't drink alcohol, you can bet your life the were forced to do so. Weaned, I don't think so: lol:
Originally posted by theWCH
It's pretty simple, but people looking for evolutionary/genetic answers don't know how to find the answer:
People use mind-altering substances because it makes them feel good, when they normally don't.
Alcohol happens to be very effective in alleviating anxiety. Heroin works wonders for the depressed. Meth and Cocaine are so effective for ADHDers, that pharmaceutical companies are selling half-arsed derivatives of these "street drugs."
If you want to treat any given substance-dependency, then you have to either: 1)find an alternative substance to use (perhaps, one that's more socially accepted); or, 2) treat the underlying psycho-social problems (which is hard to do; especially because biology often enters into the equation).