Gov­ern­ment should break free from re­liance on al­co­hol rev­enue

The Compass - - Editorial - Joy French-Cole­man writes from Har­bour Grace

I just fin­ished read­ing this week’s ed­i­to­rial from March 28 en­ti­tled “Bot­toms Up” about drink­ing in our prov­ince.

This is al­ways a topic of con­cern for me as I keep up on the sta­tis­tics in our area. We hear plenty of talk on drug pro­grams and the evils of pre­scrip­tion and street drugs.

What gets me is the per­cent­age of drinkers here and their sub­stance of choice is al­co­hol, and we mustn’t for­get the ad­dic­tive nico­tine and all of it le­gal and ready to get on ev­ery cor­ner.

I would think our health as­so­ci­a­tions here could get more on board with these sta­tis­tics, be­cause al­co­hol and nico­tine cause more serious and longterm health costs than any other form of sub­stance abuse. Then again, look at the rev­enue gov­ern­ment ob­tains from the use of these prod­ucts.

Ad­dic­tion is a ter­ri­ble con­di­tion and needs our ut­most care and con­cern — not a gov­ern­ment at­tribute ap­par­ently.

Re­mem­ber the stop smok­ing sign of the bro­ken cig­a­rette and break free on the poster? Lets give gov­ern­ment the same mes­sage re­gard­ing drink­ing — break free from that al­co­hol use and ad­dic­tion, too. Let them get their rev­enue from some­where else rather than legally de­stroy­ing lives.

Can’t we find our rest and re­lax­ation in other ways peo­ple? Lets show the gov­ern­ment we mean busi­ness and break free.

The Bi­ble says our bod­ies are won­der­fully made and on a close up look, we have to agree with that.

Lets be more care­ful with what we put in it. Take the ini­tia­tive and look af­ter what is yours alone — your body. Our great de­signer would be pleased.

The proof will be in the pud­ding. You’ll look and feel bet­ter — ask any­one who has suc­ceeded in breaking free. Do you want to send a mes­sage to gov­ern­ment? Stop buy­ing the stuff. They’ll soon get the idea and make up the sav­ings in health care.

“Let them get their rev­enue from some­where else rather than legally de­stroy­ing lives.”

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