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how has straightedge affected your politics/ views of the world?
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[User Picture]From: fxdupprincess
2010-06-13 02:29 am (UTC)

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I am not the most politically active person in this group, I am sure, and there are some differences in my political views based on straightedge, although it hasn't affected my politics very much. It's a hard question to answer, because straightedge is a big part of me, and so delineating how it has affected all of the parts of my life is difficult.
I think that the image of legal drug use is glamorized a lot because of heavy advertising and the infiltration of new markets (example: mixed drinks are marketed to women as opposed to the masculine beer, dramatically increasing alcohol consumption by women).
I think that this marketing is pernicious and wrong, and my political stance is that health marketing should be funded in order to meet the growing need for alcohol-related interventions that include exposing marketing scams for that they really are.
I also think that we, as a culture, should move away from the custom of expected/pressured alcohol consumption in polite company, and more towards optional alcohol consumption. I'm guessing probably thanks to the history of alcohol: it used to be that people had to drink alcohol because the water was unfit for consumption. They gave water to people who they hoped would die, and so it was a friendly gesture to offer alcohol. Today, water is carefully regulated, though imperfectly, in most developed countries, and the necessity is nonexistent. This difference would probably affect me if I were to become a political figure (I don't expect to ever become a political figure).
I think that governmental solutions are not always the best solutions, but they can be helpful, and we have to work with what we've got. :-) I try not to take sides too much.