I think it has much more to do with stress management than the actual alcohol. In which case, marijuana would be a better stress management choice for your organs. Don’t be a Richard. This is clearly a biased research study. I was going to say “Did you ever notice how ‘healthy’ alcohol has become now that more and more adults are moving away from it and moving towards marijuana?”
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If you read the article, the main reasoning behind it is that the strong social networks tend to be formed from drinking buddies essentially, which does raise an interesting point. The U.S. just hasn’t socially viewed it as such since it was labeled a “gateway drug” and black balled for money and political reasons. Don’t be a Richard. It has more to do with big tobacco, alcohol, pharmaceutical drug companies, etc. They desperately do not want the American people to wake up, open their eyes and realize it was all just one giant BS scare campaign..that worked I might add.
In fact, I just got back from Amsterdam and Madrid and in both cities it’s an extremely social drug. In Amsterdam pot is almost more popular…no surprise there. But it’s not just Amsterdam. You would be very surprised how many people all over the world smoke but just keep it a secret because of the social stigma and obvious current legality of it in a lot of places still. It is only a matter of time before the people finally wake up, go to the polls and demand legalization!
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But there are other ways to manage stress. And for it to be efficient indeed, it should come from within of a person. A well disciplined mind wins over any external solution. in theory your concept of self stress management is most certainly the healthiest and ideal scenario. However, not many can achieve that goal in their lifetime. Self stress management and coping skills are unfortunately, skills that are difficult for the majority of people these days. It’s a skill that constantly has to be worked at it. Even the healthiest of people mind, body and spirit still engage in indulges once in a while. I believe this conversation pertained to choosing the “lesser of the evils”.