No Problem Drinker is Created in a Vacuum

We need to stop vilifying the people who can’t stop drinking.

Alcohol makes us happy. It stops us from living the way we want. It creates atmospheres of romance and conviviality. It ruins lives.

Alcohol is deeply beloved and readily available. It causes around 88,000 deaths in the US every year. It makes us feel good. It is the third leading cause of preventable death. It helps us relax.

If alcohol were a person, it would be the most toxic person at the party. But the situation is so much more complex than that. And it affects all of us.

Because no problem drinker is created in a vacuum. We grow up in alcohol-loving spaces, with our TV heroes getting wasted and