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World Cup 2014: festival of football or alcohol?

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3772 (Published 10 June 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3772

Re: World Cup 2014: festival of football or alcohol?

Alcohol is an addictive depressant and social lubricant that tricks and traps us by creating the fleeting euphoria of relaxation and confidence, but the sustained sickness of anxiety and despair. The euphoria of relaxation and confidence, and the sickness of anxiety and despair, are opposites that reinforce each other: the euphoria blinds us to the sickness, and the sickness makes us crave the euphoria. Perversely but predictably, alcohol creates, aggravates, and perpetuates the very sickness of anxiety and despair that it falsely seems to cure, thus placing even social drinking in a bad light.


Competing interests: No competing interests

13 June 2014
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA