Everyone talks about the second-hand effects of smoking.
You can actually feel; you can breathe in somebody else’s cigarette smoke.
There’s been people – that have never smoked in their lives – but have got lung cancer, bronchitis, all these other types of diseases, because they’ve been breathing in second-hand smoke.
So, what are the second-hand effects of alcohol?
The consequences of alcohol are well documented for the individual that is smoking
Three and a half million people die after year from drinking.
What am I talking about smoking?
So the consequences to the individual – to the drinker of their drinking alcohol – are very well documented.
So over two hundred different conditions – some of them life-threatening – most of them in the long-term life threatening.
Three and a half million people every single year die from drinking alcohol.
A lot of young people die from road accidents, from falls, from just accidents in general from alcohol poisoning, from drinking alcohol on a personal level.
But what are the effects on other people, of drinking?
You know, when you look around and you think that – I think it was 45% of prisons are full of people who have committed a crime while they were drunk, 45, 55 – I can’t remember which one it was.
One of the biggest areas where alcohol – one person’s alcohol drinking effects another person – is in physical violence.
So how many people are put into hospital because of somebody else’s drinking.
Either where one person is drinking or both people are drinking and they start fighting.
Where one person gets into a car, drives home and bang! – hits somebody else.
Their fault because they’ve been drinking.
A lot of sexual assaults.
I’d say a lot of sexual assaults on women and man are perpetrated after somebody had been drinking alcohol.
So there’s all that big violence aspect.
We used to say when I was a dope smoker.
At lease with dope you never see anyone kicking the shit out of somebody else, you know, everyone was chilled out and stuff like that.
It’s very true – but that’s another story.
You know you’ve got there – verbal violence of insults and arguments and long-term injury – long term psychological injury that can be caused to relationships, to marriages, to relationships with children.
How many children are battered because their parents are drinking?
Not that that’s an excuse.
I don’t think any violence towards anyone else – that’s why people get prisoned for it – because it’s not an excuse what you’ve done to yourself.
Whether you inebriated or not.
It’s your fault that you’ve done it.
You can’t blame somebody else and there has to be a restitution for it.
Property damage – How many cars are scratched? How many windows are broken? How many houses are wrecked? – because somebody has been drunk.
I’ve done a lot of damage in my time.
Through fighting, through just arguing, wrecking the place, when – a lot when I was younger, lot of testosterone and stuff.
No excuses just saying, this is what my life was like a lot of the time when I was younger.
And even going down to things like sleep disturbances.
When somebody comes in and they’re drunk.
And they put on the music too loud or they slam doors or they you know, all that kind of stuff.
Just think about it, how much are other people’s lives being effected by your drinking.
When you stop drinking how much is your life being effected by other people’s drinking
Personally there are places where I won’t go now as a sober person.
I’ll go there for a certain length of time but then you can feel it – it is palpable in the air – when the atmosphere starts to descend.
People start to get louder.
And I just don’t like that.
I don’t like the threat that that poses when I don’t have to have that kind of a threat.
I’m not bothered by an argument.
I’m not bothered by a punch-up, or anything like that.
But I am bothered by it when there is no sense in it.
And that’s what happens when there is alcohol involved.
There always seems to be just senseless violence and senseless arguments.
And that kind of tetchy situation, I don’t like being in.
I tend to go out early.
I think even as a drinker, I tended to do that anyway.
Go out earlier in the evening, try and get home before the psychopaths got out onto the streets and stuff like that, you know?
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“We look into mirrors but we only see the effects of our time on us – not our effects on others – Pearl Bailey”
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