Letter: Alcoholic excesses destroy lives

Edwin McClure


To the editor:

The op-ed piece on the Nov. 6 editorial page about beverage alcohol simply cannot go without response. The tone of the article is so typical of people who think life cannot be pleasant or fun without one or more forms of the drink. If the goodness of life depended solely upon alcoholic drink, the people of the U.S. would be the happiest people on the planet.

As a retired clergyman, I can testify that the presence of alcoholic drink is the most certain destroyer of a good and happy life. I could go back through my calendars and count how many of my funerals came because of it and also count how many divorces. Then there are the cases of ruined health and loss of jobs.

How many dire situations around the Indiana University campus are directly connected to alcohol? And in the same section of the paper is the account of the drunken driver colliding with the ambulance taking a patient to the hospital. What about the policemen in Indianapolis whose alcoholism has been catastrophic?

One thing for certain about alcoholic drink: It clouds the ability to keep track. Excesses are the rule, and excesses are destroyers.

We need our newspapers to be promoters of healthy lifestyle and clear judgement. The manufacturers and distributors will advertise and promote enough on their own. Please give us more about the people who have pleasant and successful lives without the crutch of alcohol.

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