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It begins with the physiological effects of the drug alcohol. One particular fact I found interesting was that alcohols effects depend not only on the chemicals, but on how the drinker believes it will affect them and the environment they are in. So if a drinker thinks that they will get great pleasure and happiness when drinking with their good buddies, they most likely will. It explains how alcohol is a drug of dependence (Edwards 58). Calling alcoholism a disease is right and wrong as told by Edwards.
It next it begins the history of drink. In Christianity, there was the wine that was to be the blood of Christ. In this way, it is portrayed as a good substance. However, it tells of the dark side, the sin of drunkenness in some cultures (Edwards 31). He demonstrates how the views of alcohol differ in different situations through time.
Throughout most the rest of the book, the history of drink is illuminated. It talks about Thomas Nashe’s Menagerie and how there are different types of drunkards (Edwards 47). The more common known history of alcohol would probably be the great American prohibition experiment, as Edwards calls it (Edwards 73). He tells how the popular rehab program known as alcoholics anonymous came about and how it influenced the treatment of alcoholism (Edwards 103).
After this he gets more into the future of alcoholism. He realizes that the drinker’s dilemma has always been the same, “to drink or not to drink” or they think “one more won’t hurt.” (Edwards 181). He states that the primary outcomes are only first-rate. It is the long term mysterious future that has the tragic consequences. His future thinking is involved with conducting studies to illustrate the impact of alcohol in the long term on various features. One example is the study he conducted on drinking and the risk of breast cancer. He states that the ideas that “alcohol might cause breast cancer are not at present established”.
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The reason I wanted to read this book, was to learn more about the substance alcohol. What I ended with, was much more. I ended with a new understanding of how one thing, can have a huge impact on such a vast amount of bits and pieces. It turned my thinking into that in which, one little thing like alcohol, can be something much bigger than itself.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about alcohol and who wants to learn more about how the world works. Of course, it is a difficult and annoying bit of text at times, but in the end it’s all worth it, if one is willing to accept the message. Alcohol: The World’s Favorite Drug, is a quality work of text.