The poem by Brenna Dorsey (“Youth poet dares adults to do the right thing,” July 8, His Voice) is very beautiful and appropriate for D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) and AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) students and graduates. However, Steve Abercrombie’s endorsement may give the mistaken impression that it is true for all. In fact, these students and graduates are exhorted never to use these substances because of addiction. The abstinence rule, however, doesn’t apply to parents who know to stop when they have had enough.
Take alcohol: What is bad for the health is not its use, but the abuse or overuse. It is not the alcohol itself but an underlying problem that leads to excessive drinking and addiction. Moderate drinking, especially of red wine, is good for the health. Independent studies have shown that those who regularly have a drink or two a day live longer than teetotalers do.
The French generally eat more fat, cholesterol and calories than Americans; however, autopsy results show their arteries to have less plaque and fewer obstructions than ours. Why the paradox — more fat but cleaner arteries? Scientists determined that the French’s practice of drinking wine with their meals, instead of water or soda, is the reason for their clean blood vessels.
The Bible even emphasizes that J. Christ’s very first miracle was to make wine from water in Cana. Wine was that important to him.
Even marijuana is found not to cause physical addiction. California law allows it for medicinal use. On the other hand, heroin, cocaine, tobacco, meth and the like are physically addictive and very injurious to health. Nobody should try them, and users should immediately stop.
I hope this will rectify any mistaken notion that the commentary may have caused.