Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Evils of Drinking Worse Than Smoking?

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Evils of Drinking Worse Than Smoking?

Article excerpt

Dear Ann Landers: You recently printed a letter about the burden smokers place on society. You responded that if there were a drug that killed even a small percentage of the people killed by cigarettes it would be declared illegal. There IS such a drug: alcohol. Yet we continue to glamorize drinking on TV, in films and in magazine ads.

We coddle the alcoholic and define alcoholism as a sickness. We are told to be sympathetic because the alcoholic has an addiction and needs help. There are many recovery centers available to alcoholics, but few exist for smokers, who are not portrayed as "sick" but as "undesirable."

Every grief that I have ever known in my life has been caused by alcohol. I was raised by an abusive, alcoholic father who smoked. I would have loved it if all he did was smoke.

What about all the lives wrecked by alcohol? What about the financial burden alcohol-related illnesses add to the health care system? We have identified cigarettes as one of the major villains in the world today, but I know better. The greater villain is alcohol, and it usually starts with a bottle of beer. A WITNESS IN HOUSTON

It would be just dandy with me if every bottle of beer and booze was dumped into the Atlantic Ocean. The world would be a safer place. Accidents and illnesses caused by alcohol cost billions of dollars annually - not to mention the broken marriages and shattered careers. …

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