June 18, 2021
Alcohol is the third leading preventable cause of death in this country. “Alcohol was involved” has been a universal excuse for bad decisions since before Beowulf.
Edward Slingerland, in the Wall Street Journal, has a different approach to evaluating the popular drug. He says, “For excessive alcohol consumption to have become so widespread for so long, it just might have some evolutionarily adaptive purpose.” He and the late Timothy Leary had a lot in common, both promoting the theory that getting high in general leads to greater creativity, alleviating stress, and promoting good w...