Well worth kicking those bad habits
REFERENCE 'New Year's Eve sees string of drink-related offences' (The Herald, January 2). In my view, this report seems to indicate that Plymouth is likely to see a continuation of drunken anti-social behaviour during 2013 within its Evening and Night-time Economy (ENTE).
It was interesting to read in the report that a police spokesman said: "This was not high jinks, this was more to do with people being drunk and being unable to control themselves."
I would like to submit a different perspective on that statement. Let's consider the possibility that those people were drunk because of their inability to control the amount of alcohol that they drank and they then engaged in behaviour that would be alien to them when sober. Is this not what takes place within Plymouth's ENTE as well as in numerous homes when certain people take alcohol into their systems?
How many times do we read court reports in The Herald where someone has acted out of character when intoxicated and has harmed someone else? Then his or her legal representative describes them as hard-working, loving, caring and well thought of.
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Blaming people for not being able to handle their drink really is a waste of time if they are unable to handle it. Loss of control over the amount that one drinks is the primary symptom of alcoholism.
Alcohol causes certain types of people to behave differently to the way they behave when they are sober. These types need to understand that when they take their second drink, during a drinking session, they may not be the same person who took the first one because a change may have occurred in them. It therefore follows that when they take their third drink they may not be the same person who took the second one, etc, etc. Do you follow what I mean?
In my view, it is good that The Herald has included 'Kick the habit' in its 2013 loveLife campaign. I hope that many people will take up this particular challenge. Giving up harmful habits can be hard but the results to be had from doing so really do make it worthwhile.