Science Is Going To Ruin Drinking

Everybody’s trying to make anti-drinking pills! Or, at least, pills that drain the pleasure out of drinking. They are predicated on the idea of reducing harm to serious drinkers by reducing the potency of alcohol. Look, we joke a lot about alcoholism on this site, because it’s much more simple to dismiss the whole thing with mockery rather than be forced to confront what is in actuality a remarkably crippling addiction, one whose physical and mental effects we are already beginning to notice in our own physiology, and also the persistent sense of shame and guilt over our inability to reduce the amount we consume no matter how many times we promise ourselves and others that we will do so, and the toll that our behavior, both drunk and sober—but always colored by having been or being about to become drunk—has taken on so many of our relationships, and the way we’ve hurt so many people who love us an easy laugh, but we guess if this helps out a few people who need it, okay. Anyway, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! We’re off for a quick one.

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