09 Oct A quick pop quiz on alcohol
Quick! Pop Quiz:
What is the difference between drugs and alcohol?
Answer: No difference exists between drugs and alcohol.
What? Wait a minute, every body always says, “drugs and alcohol” though. There has to be a difference, right?
Well, our culture makes a distinction, but that distinction is actually very fuzzy and, in many people’s opinion, very misleading. A drug is basically anything that alters the functioning of your brain.
According to dictionary.com a drug is:
Alcohol does just that.
Thus, alcohol is a drug, in liquid form. It alters your brain function. So really, the only difference between drugs and alcohol is one is legal for adults and one is not. We’re not going to debate the legality of alcohol with you here, but understanding that alcohol is a type of drug is something you might want to keep in mind when thinking about your beliefs and attitude about alcohol throughout these alcohol sub-posts.
As a drug, alcohol alters how you think, perceive and behave when you consume it. That means, among other things, that people are more likely to make poor decisions when under its influence. These posts are meant to help you make solid decisions surrounding alcohol—which is a drug—use.
Do you think the distinction between drugs and alcohol is misleading?