Updated: Mar 14
A recent study in the USA has found that the rate of alcohol-related deaths has doubled since 1999 and far outweighs all other drug-related deaths combined. In Australia, one in four adults drinks to a harmful level up from one in five in an even shorter timeframe. I suspect that we in Australia follow the USA trend for increasing alcohol related mortality.
Our culture has placed alcohol at the centre of most social events, and the idea that life could exist without alcohol seems foreign and even perplexing to many people despite most of us being keenly aware of drinking's problems. I frequently see people who simply do not know what to do without alcohol being involved. In other words they don't know what to do with their life and how to be themselves without a prop, as if being themselves is not enough.
The truth is that harmful alcohol use is filling a void. Until the excessive user stops looking outside themselves for an answer and starts wondering why they aren't ok in their own skin irrespective of outside circumstances, they will be trapped with one solution to everything, drinking.