So much energy is spent discussing symptoms, costs, policing, legality, court actions, incarcerations and all done at tremendous costs. Some drug use is so pervasive, that despite the horrible harms to us all, they remain legal. Prohibition does not work.
In the USA - the legal drug alcohol costs between incarcerations and court costs and loss of productivity, about $2,000 per citizen per year in real taxpayer dollars. Your taxes could be a lot less. Beyond the money, there is emotional and physical costs of thousands of abuses and many tens of thousands dead, every year form 'legal' drug use.
A Change in Thinking.
Clearly, after a century of post prohibition problems, policing and courts and age restrictions have limited impact on the problem of alcohol self harm. The negative punishments do little to cure the need for the medication drug called alcohol that we ingest in massive quantities.
The solution lies in a simple change in thinking. A social change that says "less is more" and encourages people to live without needing any drugs on a regular basis. Think of it this way...
Brain Pain? Yes, we stress! In the past century we have introduced a plethora of mental stimulation, for example TV, gaming, Phone Apps, Internet, Videos and so much more. Collectively we are suddenly spending dozens of hours a week, hyper stimulating an organ with no pain receptors. The symptoms of the excess are seen in the rise of self medicating, and stress, depression, and suicides.
Solution? We can't stop the tech, but we can manage our own levels of ingestion. LESS IS MORE and simply by making people aware and managing the intake, we can manage the brain pain. In turn we will see the needs for Brain Medicines like Alcohol decrease. Show people that they only need Alcohol when mentally mentally weak, scared, social anxieties, or full unmanaged expectations.
Those mentally fit - don't mentally medicate. They don't need it, so why do you?
Action It's very simple. Educational and Marketing campaigns that empower people with the knowledge of WHY they are so stressed. Simple time input management suggestions and cause and effect awareness will help so many understand their personal Avatar.
Your Brain is an amazing tool, that up until this past century, hasn't had to deal with excessive input from technology. This is a new thing. Like so many new things, we do, and discover pains, and make adjustments. Simple.. we don't need laws or police or prisons to manage this issue. Simply a change in thinking will slow the drinking.
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