The cost of drinking

21 Oct

Alcohol is the world’s most popular neurotoxicin. Its effects on the brain are well documented. A recent article in The Washington Post reviews the hidden costs of drinking.

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Prohibition was a failure, but the article makes a good case for increasing taxes on alcohol.

4 Responses to “The cost of drinking”

  1. enrique October 21, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    I disagree with the bottom quadrants of this chart. The legal drinking age was 18 in most States until very recently, and I don’t see anything wrong if an expecting mom wants to have a 1/2 a glass of wine with her meal. Why are we so Puritanical in these matters?

  2. locksleyu October 21, 2015 at 4:23 pm #

    I agree with the bottom left, since I don’t think any amount of alcohol will be good for baby. But as with Enrique I disagree with the bottom right. I think we need to separate the concept of what is “unhealthy” and what is “illegal”, and these things cannot completely match.

  3. yogibattle October 22, 2015 at 6:32 am #

    In my work as a mental health therapist, I can understand the under 18 clause. Drinking is something you want to prolong as long as possible for the developing young adult. Here is a nice fact sheet breaking down the statistics of ill effects of underaged drinking…. http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/CollegeFactSheet/CollegeFactSheet.pdf

  4. Kathy H October 22, 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    I have seen underage drinking and it is not a pretty sight! I do not understand the attachment to alcohol. I do not have a “puritanical” objection to alcohol, only a pragmatic one. No harm if an expectant mom has a 1/2 glass?? Really??? Maybe no harm, but no good either. Why risk any harm for so little gain??? It’s the accountant cost/benefit ratio that I am looking at.

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