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Alcohol is just as addictive (and dangerous) as other drugs

["Walt's World with Walter Jones"]
Walt's World with Walter Jones

Walt's World with Walter Jones

It seems that each fall our young, who are normal risk takers, take a step too far.

They have grown up with our drug culture and think they know all the risks. There is one drug that is so much a part of our culture, they don't even consider if it is dangerous or not.

This is, of course, alcohol. It has been with us forever and rates low on a danger list.

Fact is it has killed a lot of people and ruined the health of many more. Long-term heavy use of alcohol can and does damage every major organ and system in the body.

A psychiatrist once told me, that of all the drugs people get addicted to, alcohol is the worst. He said these people who moan about withdrawal from heroin, morphine and the other opioids are just uncomfortable.

Withdrawal from chronic alcoholism can kill you.

Young people are not really interested in long-term effects. They want to party. Going to college and university is an adventure. Unfortunately, sometimes partying can be deadly and alcohol can be just as deadly as any other drug.

We don't normally die when we consume alcohol because we consume it over a reasonably long period of time. In those conditions it will knock you out and put you to sleep. The danger is when it is over-consumed over a short period of time. Each year our young die from chug-a-lugging too much alcohol over a short period.

a reminder to mention this to our young.

Walter Jones lives in Amherst. His column appears weekly in the Amherst News.

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