Wednesday, December 1, 2010

30 Days of Truth -- Day 20: Questionable Substances

Day 20 -- Your views on drugs and alcohol.

As far as drugs go, I'm wholly opposed to the abuse and misuse of prescription and over-the-counter meds.  I have no tolerance for the illegal ones.  I don't see the appeal of them at all, particularly after seeing some lives ruined and almost ruined because of them.  Please read Josh Hamilton's book "Beyond Belief" for a glimpse inside the mind of an addict. 
When it comes to alcohol, I'm a little more lenient.  I think I had my first alcoholic drink when I was 13.  I distinctly remember sharing wine coolers with Stephanie Winter.  Throughout high school, I only drank when I was with my parents. They were firm believers in letting me learn my limits under their observation.  Well, I never really went very far in their house.  Wine coolers are pretty light, and I hadn't yet developed a taste for beer.  The first time I got drunk was my freshman year in college. I believe Natural Light may have played a role.  I've had many more inebriated episodes since then, some of which were embarassing and some of which were just plain fun.  I know people who have had trouble controlling their intake of alcohol, and I can see why. It could be very addictive. I could probably stop drinking easily, and I definitely don't drink that often. But a few drinks with friends here and there or the occasional glass of wine or beer after a long day seems pretty healthy.

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