We can only guess.
The cost to society isn't boundless, but it is hard to estimate. Alcoholism is one of those conditions that has upsides and downsides. The downside is that one is spending time worrying about the next drink. The upside is that one need not worry about ones next drink. It is, after all, a conundrum.
See, tomorrow I wake as a drunk.
You end up waking tomorrow as you are. It is, in the words of Jean Sartre, horrible.
Perhaps, what is better, is the idea that tomorrow I wake up with a hang-over. And you wake up just as stupid as you were yesterday. Or, as ugly. Who knows?
Alcohol is the concern of plenty of busybody types.
There are people who make their living off of concerns about alcohol. There are large political and institutional organizations who hire executive directors, lobbyists and organize "grass roots" efforts to help curb alcoholism. But where, oh where, are the organizations dedicated to eliminating stupid, or better yet, stopping, stupid ideas? Have you been paying attention to the "issue" of global warming since the LetterGate thingy occurred? There have been major advances on the statistical side of Man Made Global Warming that completely undercuts the issues advanced by "Make My Chakra Erupt" Gore in his Nobel...or was that Oscar...Award Winning acceptance, just a few years ago.
Did you know that most significant climatologists are moving away from Man Made Global Warming?
Mebbe, just mebbe, being an alcoholic isn't the worst thing in the world. If not, what could it be? Can you imagine a condition or state worse than the delusional impulse felt by the world's alcoholics? What could be worse than the delusional impulse of an alcoholic?
Take a look at the data being released by the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. It is so weak for Oregon that you won't find this data released by any newspaper in the state. What is a highlight for Oregon? What we're really good at; getting people money from the state to pay their bills. (pdf).
Jobs--being on the out--are affected by the State. So, here's a couple of links to thrill the Statist amongst us. Here's one from the DEQ asking for comments on the 1200-C permitting process. Here's one letting you know how stupid the DEQ permitting rules are currently.
Alcoholics are pests. But, tomorrow we wake up sober. Tomorrow, government employees wake up and begin anew in their task to make us the enemy of reason. Their reason.
We can sober up. We can wake up with regrets. Guilt. We can say we "blacked out."
A state employee will never have that moment. No matter how much they end up looking like a cockroach. They are only doing their job. And doing it with the greatest amount of efficiency they can muster. They are high. On life. On their job.
Have a drink on me.
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