Blanketing opinions that I'll probably regret soon.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Alcohol is the most popular psychoactive drug in the world.

I'm trying to lay off the sauce lately. I don't want it to get the upper hand of me like it has on at least two occasions lately. I'm re-reading the alcohol chapter in Andrew Weil's book, From Chocolate to Morphine. It's a straight-talking book that should be given to every teenager. I'm trying to keep in mind some of its choicest parts so I'll just write them down. Some of these are no-brainers but I often lose sight of the most "no duh" aspects of the drug.

From the book:

"Most people like the early effects of the drug, which resemble those of stimulants, but taking more of it dramatically changes the quality of the effects. It isn't easy for people to learn how to stay within the dose range that makes them feel good; it is very easy to cross into the zone of unpleasant effects and regret it."

"Define what benefits you want from alcohol. Remember that alcohol is attractive because it can make people feel temporarily better, both physically and mentally. You can enjoy these good effects if you learn to use the drug carefully and purposefully. If you feel feverish and achy from flu, going to bed and taking a small drink may be a good remedy. If you walk into a party and feel awkward, anxious, and inhibited, a little alcohol may help you get into the swing of things."

"The best way to protect yourself from the harmful effects of alcohol is not to drink it every day."

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