It’s often said that those who don’t drink shouldn’t start. For those who do, they should drink in moderation. Some may tell you how easy it is to become hooked on booze. Alcoholism is addictive and may cause your life to end tragically. TV viewers have been shown the tragic loss of some celebrities, politicians, rock stars, actors, and actresses to addiction. Even if someone should survive alcoholism it can still lead to impairment, violence, suicide, and criminal activities. Stonewall Jackson (1824–1863), a Confederate General during the American Civil War said, “I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.” He was convinced that alcohol was bad for Americans.
• Debates about advertisements
• The number of liquor billboards in poor neighborhoods
• The positive and negative effects on life expectancy
• Drinking by military servicemen in U.S. clubs
• Debates on the legal drinking age
• Self-regulation by the alcohol industry
Tom Scholz (b. 1947), a rock musician and engineer said, “Higher Power was the result of a personal experience: a friend of mine who went through the process of addiction and recovery. It’s a very tough thing - very easy to become addicted and very, very hard to become a recovering addict.” Scholz’s remarks shone a light on how serious addiction could be, and the difficulty to beat this habit.