The Problem of Drinking in Our Society Essay
In many cultures, alcoholic beverages have been consumed since recorded history for religious, medicine, or recreational purposes. Traditionally, beer was used by the ancient Babylonians and wine by the Hebrews in religious ceremonies. It is believed the community drank together to progress to a sense of belonging and good neighboring. In medicine, alcohol has been used to relieve pain and to increase the appetite, and in many cultures it is still considered a necessary ingredient for good health and a well balanced meal.
People may also point to past attempts to abolish alcohol from our society, such as prohibition. Instead of ending crime and making our society more civilized, Prohibition lead to organized crime by providing the opportunity for criminals, such as the notorious Al Capone, to become extremely wealthy by selling the illegal drinks. The "experiment" of prohibition was called a failure by many politicians and sociologists.
There are two main approaches that alcohol-opponents have