Alcohol and the UVA murder

May 10, 2010

Imagine a world where people drank tea or water or an occasional glass of wine….

Where teenagers, college students and their elders went out for dinner or conversation instead of going "out to drink…"

Where drivers were sober and dates weren't passed out, not even knowing they were being raped….

Where jealousies might incite passions but wouldn't be fueled into murderous rages by alcohol…

Will people ever learn to avoid drinking and its frequent escalation into being drunk, irresponsible, dangerous, unconscious, dead?

Yeardley Love and George Huguely: poster children for those who have it all going for them — one horribly murdered, one who faces the prospect of life in prison.

The distillers, distributors, bartenders, restaurants turn away: not their fault. Drinking doesn't kill people, people kill people, they might as well be saying.

Will anyone take a good long look at the culture we have produced and what it has brought us? Will anyone teach our children not to drink?

Even better, will anyone tell the truth about the rotten poison we're constantly being pushed to buy if we ever want to have fun, be popular, be cool?

Judy Chernak, Pikesville

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