Wickedness and the Rest of Us


“Cheap booze is a false economy.”
― Christopher Hitchens

Drinking costs money.  We heard in a song by Cage the Elephant that nothing in this world’s for free, money doesn’t grow on trees.  Heck, we knew that.  Now we’ve uncovered the costs of recovery from drinking.

Maybe you’ve been watching the Blue Jays at a local watering hole and you got a little carried away.  Maybe you just had a surprisingly enthusiastic Tuesday night – who knows?   But hangovers cost.

A new study from the Centre for Disease Control in the USA, highlighted in the Toronto Star reveals how hangovers and other next-day symptoms cost our economy 24 billion dollars a year in lost productivity, car crashes, illness and deaths from excess consumption.

A similar report from CNN talks about the same thing.  We drink.  Society pays.  The workplace suffers. Then, as individuals, we physically suffer….you know that feeling….that awful, sick, thick, cloudy agony…?

I remember listening to that old Max Webster song that sounds much like a hangover feels.  A groggy soup, pounding heaviness and sour mash regret.

We know well the price we pay for such impulses, but we do it anyway.

When you look at it, compulsive drinking often doesn’t originate from anywhere good:

  • Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Depression
  • Reward-seeking
  • Indulgence
  • Social pressures

If so, then what do we do to change our motives, our own ‘business’…so we pay less?

Author: Doug Ironside RN

Doug is a Registered Nurse (PHN) with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

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