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January 28, 2011

Alcohol is a drug. Each substance that makes you dependant on it is a drug. Being dependant on something means that you don´t have control, which implies that you are not free to make your own decissions.

The problem with alcohol is that this drug is socially accepted and it isn´t considered as dangerous as other drugs like cocaine or speed.

By and large, we don´t feel aversion against alcohol. You can say to a friend “my oldest son got drunk yesterday” and surely they are going to understand the situation and forgive him thinking that he is just a naughty boy, but try to tell your friends that your daughter has sniffed cocain. They would probably never allow their kids to go out with yours.

Another huge problem with alcohol, like with other drugs, is that you don´t realize of the situation until you are caught by it. To put it simply: when you want to stop drinking you can´t, and then you would probably need specific help for your adiction.


Youngers are very unconcious and they don´t calibrate the risk of drinking without control. Recently, at the annual party of my children´s school one girl drank so much alcohol -of course the one she brought because it was not allowed at the party- that she felt really sick and her pals had to phone the emergency number because she suffered an ethilic coma. Maybe she didn´t have enough information, maybe she is just stupid…, but in order to prevent this kind of situations  I agree with making information campaigns about these tasks.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. angel puchol permalink
    January 28, 2011 10:19 pm

    To reach a balance is what is difficult.
    Sometimes we have to think about the past when we were teenegers and try to understand the new generation.
    Take it easy!
    At the end, the good manners that you give to your “children” should be what is really important.

  2. mireiacol permalink
    January 29, 2011 3:27 pm

    I don’t understand why some adictive substances are ban and why a few of them are allowed.

    I think alcohol is as bad as the forbidden drugs. People can die drinking alcohol, what is more, these people can kill inocent people and, of course, drinking alcohol can develop serious illnesses that make family and friends suffer.

    I agree with you Maria, in order to prevent dangerous situations is necessary to make information campaigns but, also it’s necessary to treat the alcohol as what it is, a dangerous drug that can destroy your own life and other’s lifes.

  3. manoli permalink
    January 30, 2011 1:46 pm

    Unfortunately, Alcohol is a problem which not only affects adults but also a significant number of adolescents between ages of 12 and 20.
    Researchers declare teens that drink before age 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependence then those who begin drinking at age 21.
    What is more , Alchol brings many problems such as depression, anxiety,antisocial personality disorder and so on.
    Parents should teach their children the consequence of alcohol since they are little.

  4. Trini Sayas permalink
    January 30, 2011 11:12 pm

    Not only alcohol is a big problem for teenagers, many marriages can split up if husband or wife are dinking. And what is more important, domestic violance sometimes starts when one or both spouses have been drinking, what is really dangerous for all the familly.

  5. January 31, 2011 1:10 am

    A high percentage of accidents is the result of ALCOHOL.As small doses it is an anxiolytic socially acceptable despite this it can produce a loose conciousness and breathlesness with high doses ,because the alcohol affects the CNS.

    Another aspect to be consider is the interactions between medication and alcohol however many drugs may be altered with the alcohol and if they are eaten together the results could be awful.

    I recommend not to drink high doses and not to mix with your medication.

  6. Lolita permalink
    January 31, 2011 2:46 am

    In most of the adiction cases the fellow who consumes one substance is adict to another. So is very important to educate the teenagers before they start to taste these substances for the first time. Having a cup of alcohol or smoking one cigarrette sometimes is not considered as adiction so youngers are induced to consume them, even recommended for familiars and friends. This is the begining, the second step is to prove something else.
    I bet for campaigns to give more information about drugs and the consequences.

  7. amiralles permalink
    February 2, 2011 8:31 pm

    I find it fun, m3lim, that your position could result unclear for some people. You talk about alcohol, you say that it is a drug since it is addictive and you talk about some situations about it. But if you try to say that alcohol is bad, I don’t understand your arguments.

    Indeed, if you change the word “alcohol” by “love”, “cocaine or speed” by “incest”, “drank” by “fell in love” and “ethilic coma” by “ill” or “suicide”, a similar argument is OK to talk about love.

  8. Antolin permalink
    February 3, 2011 12:17 pm

    I think we can say without any doubt (like “amiralles” suggests) that alcohol is really a drug. And the consequences of consuming it, it doesn’t matter if deppending on it or not, are behind lots of traffic accidents and also domestic violence as “Trini Sayas” well pointed.
    I don’t see the point on banalize about it even though it could be fun for somebody.

  9. amiralles permalink
    February 3, 2011 2:02 pm

    You should read carefully my post, Antolin. I think that you are being a little bit demagogue. Obviously, I don’t try to banalize about people who die in accidents because other people drink a lot. That’s the reason because you cannot find this kind of comments in my post. Indeed, you need more than drinking to have an accident: you need to take a car! It is also bad to be depressed if the person you love does not love you, take your car and have an accident. Maybe it is not so bad falling in love or people are not mean when they are depressed, but of course it’s bad if they take their car and have an accident because of that.
    I just tried to reflect on this topic and I still find it fun how difficult is to give good arguments to argue many things (it certainly happens to me too!!).

  10. Trini Sayas permalink
    February 4, 2011 8:41 pm

    Actually, I am not sure you (Antolin) can say “how difficult is to give good arguments to argue many things”. What do you mean when you say ” good arguments”?? Perhaps It could be a good or bad argument for you and it could be interpreted in the opossite sense for me, both of them are respectable opinions . Anyway, to get back to what I was saying about alcoholic people, I consider it is a great social problem and I am with ” Antolin” on that, we cannot banaliza about it.

  11. Trini Sayas permalink
    February 4, 2011 8:46 pm

    Sorry , I have make a mistake.
    The correction is: ” Actually, I am not sure you ( AMIRALLES)”
    So sorry

  12. amiralles permalink
    February 7, 2011 6:10 pm

    I suppose that some people are confused with my comments. I will try to explain this (3rd attempt):

    1. Maybe you confuse the difference between “drinking alcohol” and “possible connections to alcohol/ possible connections to falling in love”. I am sure about the difference between “drinking alcohol” and “falling in love” but, I really think that there is a big intersection between the huge set ” “possible connections to alcohol” and the set “possible connections to falling in love”” . “Banalizing about something” means “playing down the importance of something”. I don’t banalize about drinking alcohol, because I don’t see anything to do it.

    2. Maybe you seem to pretend to say that I am banalizing about some dramatical consequences related to drinking alcohol:
    “I like to make fun about people dying in accidents, young people who arrive to hospitals because of an ethilic comma and I really like that many men kill their wives”, but I hope you cannot extrapolate these ideas from my comments. It would be really wicked.

    Anyway, I really wouldn’t like to be with a person who is violent when he or she drinks, even if he or she never drinks. Moreover, I wouldn’t take my car if I am drunk, so I hope not killing anybody because of an accident because I am drunk. But I think that many people are hypocritical about this topic.

    Finally, I think that drinking alcohol is a personal decision, very related to the social setting. Alcoholism is a problem (mainly for the “seguridad social” and if you want to have a good quality of life) and making some decisions after drinking are also a problem if you kill people. But “just drinking” shouldn’t be a problem if you want to do it. Even if you have not analyzed very much the consequences.

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