America has a strong historical strain of alcohol abstinence. We felt so strongly about it at one point that we actually amended our nation’s founding, governing document to try to ban it. The draw of alcohol proved too powerful, however, and prohibition became the only amendment to the U.S. Constitution to ever be repealed. Spirits, as they are sometimes called, are simply too ingrained in, not only our country’s history, but the history of human civilization. The root of temperance movements and efforts to either ban or get people to willingly abstain from alcohol is the belief that it is bad for us. Some maintain that it is bad for us in a behavioral sense, and that may be true for some given how they act after drinking as Ray Lane shows in videos of bar activity. This is also influenced by how much someone drinks. There is also the common belief that drinking is unhealthy, and this has been proven to be false.
Don’t be surprised if you haven’t heard that moderate drinking, or even a little more than moderate drinking, is good for you, and yet this is what the scientific data tell us. People who have a couple drinks a day actually have significantly lower risks for heart disease than those who abstain. In fact, moderate drinkers have a lower risk of death from all causes than abstainers. You certainly don’t hear much about this from the health or medical establishment, and it is time for that to change.