First off, Im not going to bore you with any fancy numbers, Im simply going to share my view on all alcohol in general. I realize that many of you dont have the time to read this lengthy thread, but I sincerely ask you to take the time if you can, because it is very important, whether you want to believe so or not. I have never consumed alcohol in my life and I highly doubt I ever will. Recently, Ive been trying to think of reasons why people drink, and I could only think of two: 1. People think that they are better people, in whatever aspect(s), why'll drunk, or that drinking is necessary to have fun. 2. They drink to fit in. It is simply too hard to say "no." Both of these reasons seem absolutely ridiculous to me. If you think that you are a better person why'll you are drunk, than what does that say about yourself? Honestly, why piss on your own personality like that? You are who you are, and you should be proud of that. You are just lowering your self esteem every time you use excuse #1. #2, on the other hand, is a flat out lie. I am a prime example. I get asked to drink on a regular basis, and I say no on a regular basis. I will admit that the first time is the hardest, simply because your friends dont expect it, but the more and more you say no, the easier and easier it becomes. In fact, nowadays my friends dont even ask me to, and I take great pride in that. We all sit around and have a great time why'll they drink their beer and I drink my coke, and they respect me for that. But Im not here to lecture you to stop drinking, Im here to inform you. Some of you may have noticed me asking people around WiiChat if and why they drink. Its nothing personal, and its not meant to discorage you, I am legitimatly curious. I have asked MANY people these same questions, and in most cases, after they give me either excuse number 1 or 2, they say "Hey, why would you care? It doesnt harm anyone but me." Even after hearing that response dozens of times, it still shocks me each and every time. Are you people oblivious to the number of innocent lives that are killed on the road, that are beaten at home every single night, or the number of lives that have been ruined due to drinking? Driving drunk is an obvious reason not to drink, but this doesnt stop people from drinking because they tell themselves they wont drive home. But what about that one night when you couldnt get a ride and you told yourself "Okay, just this once." Sure, you made it home okay but its only a matter of time until somebody with the same mindset kills you on the road, or better yet, until you kill someone else and have to live with that guilt for the rest of your life. There are, however, a few less obvious reasons. Less common, but equally devestating are the number of men who go home each night and beat their wives or children. These situations commonly ruin the lives of families. Not only does the man have to live with himself for the rest of his life, but the woman and children will be mentally scared for life, and they will find it hard to trust anyone. Depression also takes a toll on heavy drinkers. This causes them to drink even more, which in turn causes them to become more depressed. Its a never-ending pattern that, sadly enough, ends with suicide. That is, if you dont get help. The few people that have read through this entire thread my find themselves asking "Why is this kid on such a rant?" The inspiration for this thread came from the recent 'Smoking Bans' in the Dayton Ohio area. The public has been told that the reason for these bans are due to second hand smoke. Dont get me wrong, Im not a fan of smoking either, but smoking is nothing compared to the problems that drinking causes. Sure, smoking might take a few years off your life, but when was the last time you heard of a guy driving off the side of a road and killing himself because he was smoking and driving? Or the little kid that was killed in a car accident with a smoker? How about the guy that goes home and beats his family every night after going out and smoking with his friends? IT DOESN'T HAPPEN. The reason I dont drink is because of the goals in my life, which many of you are aware of. I will not allow myself to risk losing all of my hard work and dedication. Ive worked to get where I am at, and Im proud of it. Too proud to throw it all away now. Next time your out drinking, think of this thread. Heed my advice. Because if you dont, its only a matter of time.