Tuesday, February 28, 2012 12:35:49 PM
Gerry, I didn't label it a disease. I`m not a doctor or a psychologist. Be that as it may it is recognized by professional medical organizations as a chronic, progressive and fatal disease. Call it what you want. I am one of the few who doesn`t think it rises to the criminal level. Some people can handle their alcohol better than others and this one size fits all bull is more nonsense control. MADD made a big deal out of drinking and driving and their actions have reduced deaths. It however does not justify throwing tax paying citizens in jail if nobody or property was harmed. We`re too accepting as a society for punishing people for behavior that could lead to a crime and not very focused on what should be considered a crime. 2,000,000 Americans are behind bars... How many of them never hurt a soul?
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 11:35:28 AM
So, Alcoholism is a "desease" because it got out of control? So... gambling, porn, video games, smoking, these things are also diseases? Any time something is out of control, it's a disease.
That`s kinda soft headed. Tiger Wood wasn`t a cheeter, he had a disease. Bernie Madoff wasn`t greedy, he had a disease.
How about we just hold people accountable for their behavior instead of giving them a victim card to play. "It`s not my fault, I have a disease!"
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 10:31:14 AM
madest - Alcoholism is not a disease. Neither is gambling, shop lifting, nor porn 'addiction`. They are a lack of judgement, discipline, and/or character. Do you consider Tobacco a disease? it`s also addictive and has negative consequences to botht he users and those around them. Do you have the same sympathy for smokers or are they just filthy? This fluffy/stuffy "disease" labeling is excusing the behavior and only worsens the problem.
How many times does the same ass hole do the same stupid stunt and get away with the "disease" excuse? Maybe he`s just too stupid to correct his behavior, or the punishment hasn`t made it worth his while?
As for it not being a crime, before it was ciminalized everyone screamed for thougher laws to prevent deaths. Unfortunately, they didn`t make the penalties tough enough but the laws have become large money-makers for the states in fines, legal fees and their kick-back for alcohol treatment.