The word alcohol raises different ideas, perceptions, comments, expressions, amongst others in different types of people. The Christians, Mormons and Muslims see it as a loophole to weakness leading to sin (Gladwell 71). Other people see alcohol and see it as a way of relaxing and unwinding after a long day’s work. Others see it a way of “killing” problems that almost everybody has. The young people use it to have fun and “ease up” so as not to be left behind by their peers. In most cases, alcohol consumption has ended up doing more harm than good. For example, teenagers have been found to engage themselves in unprotected sex, adult fighting, liver problems, drunk driving leading to accidents, amongst others. For these reasons, policy makers have used both economic and legal tools to curb its effects. There have been increased taxes on alcoholic drinks, a rise in the minimum drinking age from 18 to 21, strict laws on drunk driving, amongst others (Gladwell 71).
Customs and culture can shape the way one drinks no matter the person. One might find that two people can take the same amount of alcohol and of the same type but behave in two completely different ways. For example, in the late fifties, Lolli’s clinic submitted one thousand two hundred alcoholics. Out of all those, only forty were Italians while most of the rest were Italians (Gladwell 72). These are two groups of the same species in the same environment. Why would one group be more prone to being alcoholics more than the other is?
Italians have their own way of drinking. A research done on some two people showed that they had mastered their own way of drinking not allowing it to get in their day-to-day activities. There are those who take alcohol (wine) with the meals but are never known to out-do it. Another interesting group is the Camba of Bolivia. They are known to take alcohol in their specific groups with limited outsiders and take the alcohol in turns. When Anna and Dwight were there, they never witnessed any incidences of arguments, verbal misconduct, sexual misconduct, or other incidences experienced in drinking parties. In fact, people either conversed happily or just kept quite (Gladwell 73).
It is known that the way you train a child is the way he/ she will grow up. This may also apply to adults. If a person trains his/herself to get aggressive, start fights or quarrels, get into sexual misconduct when they are drunk, they will continue in the same. I have known people who have trained themselves to keep quite when drunk. This has worked for the so well that you never know when they are drunk or have taken alcohol.
If a person’s nature when he/she is in their sober state is abusive, aggressive, and other misconducts, he not likely to behave any better when they are drunk. In most cases, they are worse. On the other hand, if they of good behavior when sober, they do not stray even when they are drunk. They will mostly be a little talkative than usual or be more jovial but not worse. If one trains him/herself to drink after working hours or during the working hours, he will continue in the same way. Our bodies adapt to what we train them to do. It can also adjust to the circumstances. This is why a man will take an 8 oz. glass of wine with breakfast and a 24 oz. glass with the noon food and not get drunk (Gladwell 71).
One may engage in alcohol taking but getting drunk is a choice. How one tunes his body to work will either benefit or destroy him. The old saying that bad company spoils good morals applies in all fields. The Camba people drink in groups and misbehave not, as it is known to happen in most cases. Those who get too drunk curl up and sleep then wake up later to continue with the party. How one will behave is all up to an individual to decide.
Gladwell, Malcolm. “Drinking Games: How much people drink may matter less than how they
drink it”. The New Yorker 15 February 2010: 70-76. Print.