Monday, April 21, 2008

75th anniversary of end of Prohibition - celebrate with no California DUI arrest

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How to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of Prohibition in America? With a cold beer. That’s exactly what some of the nation’s brewers did last week to mark the end in 1933 of our 14-year failed experiment in enforced sobriety. They had a party.

April 7th is a day to recognize the past 75 years of beer and the beer community’s contribution to Americans’ quality of life. The explosion of creativity and innovation by those who make beer is an American success story, said the president of the Brewers Association.

Perhaps. But the end of Prohibition also fueled the explosion of drunk driving, binge drinking, accidents and violent crime that is beer’s contribution to the dark side of alcohol’s history. Untreated alcohol problems waste an estimated $184.6 billion dollars per year in health care, business and criminal justice costs, and cause more than 100,000 deaths, according to the Marin Institute in California.

This toll is mostly due to irresponsible drinking by a small percentage of people who don’t know when to stop. It’s also a prime example why legalizing other drugs is not the answer to the failed war on drugs.

America wages this war on drugs. It has failed over the decades because it focuses on the supply of illegal drugs instead of seeking to reduce the demand for them. When people like me get successful treatment, we no longer buy cocaine from Colombia or marijuana from Milwaukee. That doesn’t mean, though, that I oppose efforts to seize illegal drugs. Or that they should be made legal.

Look no further than alcohol — the most used and abused drug in America — to understand the devastation they cause. And don’t be fooled: Marijuana is no more “harmless” than beer to some people who use it. Any mood- and mind-altering substance can have devastating effects.

It is not unusual for people who are treated for addiction to replace one drug of choice for another hoping they can still experience the high without the consequences. Rarely are they successful. And more often than not, they end up once again using the drug that got them in trouble in the first place.

Addiction is about the loss of control over any substance. If you couldn’t control your drinking, you can’t control any other drug. Abstinence in recovery means just that: no booze. No marijuana. No nothing.

California DUI attorneys do not promote drinking & driving either.