[QUOTE=SDW2001;1186588]You know, I think you sound awfully judgmental for liberal!
Why do people drink? Lots of reasons. It's not just to get drunk, but having several drinks does take the edge off. It lowers inhibitions, which people feel they need sometimes as well. I personally like the taste of beer, wine, etc.
So do I, a glass or 2 of wine with a meal, or a real beer (not the massmarketed chemical crap masquerading as beer) is most enjoyable... and as I said in my post that you decried as "judgmental", I have nothing against drinking in moderation. There is even medical evidence that a small regular intake of alcohol can be beneficial and even extend life expectancy. But there is a fine line between what is good for you, and what can screw one up royally.. and it seems that many folk are unable to distinguish that.... just like there is a fine line re. the amount of alcohol people consume that makes them either behave socially, or like complete jerks. Alcohol is a real Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde substance.. and kids (who regard themselves as immortal anyway) think its safe it because its legal, advertised, and manufactured by big household name companies which sponsor sports and whatever.
Nothing like a few drinks and a good cigar! And why do I like those? Because they are better than weed, baby! I feel fucking great after a good cigar!
OK, here's my judgemental 2 cents: Cigars (and cigarettes etc.) smoking is a disgusting habit, antisocial, pollutes the air that other around them have to breathe with a noxious potpourri of poisonous gases and suspended particles, the odor gets everywhere, it is a fire hazard (how many instances has smoking been the cause of people being killed by house or forest fires caused by some short-sighted idiot
flicking ash of out his car window, or smoking in bed? Having said that, I don't think for a minute that it should be banned, because we all know that making something illegal will only encourage its use amongst kids who think its "cool" to break the law, while simultaneously creating a whole new area of trade for organized criminal gangs.....
I don't smoke anything... (something to do with having a sense of self -preservation)... but what is it about a cigar that is better than weed? If that is really the case, why aren't cigars illegal?
Yes, I get annoyed by drunk people sometimes, but to be honest I'm more annoyed by the strictly sober-without-a-good-reason folks too.
Give me a boring teetotaler any day that some lush-head who can't string a sentence together, and then resorts to fists to get his point across, before puking up his last meal.
These are the people that claim they don't "need" alcohol to have a good time. But then they go to parties and what not where people are drinking, and they look like stiffs because they are not having a good time. I do know people that don't really drink and have a perfectly good time as well.
any chemical prop to have a "good time".
But more often than not people that "don't drink" for no apparent reason come off as judgmental asses.
I think anyone in a state of sobriety who witnesses typical drunken behavior will make scornful or derogatory comments. It is hard not to be judgmental in such circumstances.. after all, drunken loutishness is pretty dreary at best.
I've seen reports where they mount cameras to monitor people's eye movements and head movements while they drive and talk. Even with hands free, people look at things other than the road more. I know for a fact that I am more distracted while on the phone. That said, I don't think it should be illegal. I'm perfectly fine with banning texting and talking without a handsfree system....I just don't think people should go to jail for it.
Neither do I. People should be aware that it is dangerous
, and they are being assholes for putting the lives of other road-users lives in danger....