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Minimum alcohol pricing: a shameful episode

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g110 (Published 08 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g110

Re: Minimum alcohol pricing: a shameful episode

Addiction begins in childhood. Our parents reward us for good behavior with sweets like ice cream, candy, and soda. What a pity that the real sweetness of childhood is ruined by the false sweetness of junk food.

As teenagers, we copy our parents' addictions to bitter substances like alcohol, tobacco, and coffee. By the time we've reached our twenties, addiction has taken over our lives, and we're chronically sick. What a pity that the sweetness of young adulthood is ruined by the bitterness of addictive substances.

Sometimes we experiment with drugs and lose our independence, dignity, and sanity. When we ask our parents and doctors for help, they give us pep talks and pills, but no practical advice.

In order to escape from addiction, we must review the mistakes of childhood. As children, our lives revolve around family, food, and fun - but not health. By giving us sweets, our parents unwittingly squander the magical health that Mother Nature gave us as children.

Mother Nature is wise and forgiving. She wants us to be healthy, but we must listen to her. She wants us to understand that childhood does not last forever, but the mistakes of childhood do. It is our responsibility to review our childhood and to correct the mistakes that were made. We must give up our craving for sweets and shift our focus from fun to health.

We must understand that our parents are not perfect, and that we should only copy their good habits, not their bad ones. Alcohol, tobacco, and coffee do not make us mature - they make us sick. Drugs do not make us cool - they make us cruel. When we take drugs, we hurt ourselves and others.

We must accept our limitations and understand that addiction is stronger than us. There is no way to compromise with addictive substances or to use them in moderation. We must eliminate all addictive substances from our life. This will enable us to regain our birthright - the magical health of childhood.

Competing interests: I have a self-published e-book called, "Peace Poetry & The LOVE Diet”, which promotes peace, simplifies health, and demystifies addiction.

12 January 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA