We have a customer, a relatively young individual, who's been through a succession of reflux medications and got rather agitated when his new PPI prescription wasn't covered.
I spoke directly to the prescriber, a younger female physician who actually sounded kind of scared of the guy. "What he really needs to do is put away the vodka," she informed me.
Obviously many of our pharmacy customers have conditions that they have no control over, but others can attribute a lot of their medical problems to things like obesity, smoking, and alcohol. I recently read a small news item in Newsweek magazine that stated,
British researchers find that alcohol is more destructive to individuals
and society than any other drug, including heroin and crack.
Pretty eye-catching statement, but I think it's true. I'm thankful that my parents were only social drinkers -- it was an occasional thing, holidays and special occasions, and no one ever got drunk. I am the same way. I wasn't aware of it as a kid, but I realize now that I have numerous extended family members who are approaching middle age looking back at a legacy of broken relationships, estranged children, shaky financial status and general poor health as a result of the erratic and unpredictable behavior that comes with alcohol dependence.
I work with people who talk about 'going to the bar' like it's a destination in itself. That's their weekend activity. They leave their kids in the care of others so they can hit the bars.
Their kids eventually catch on to this and recycle the behavior later themselves. People describe something to me that happens at home with their (haha) 'plastered' spouse and I think to myself, YOUR HUSBAND IS AN ALCOHOLIC. Why can't you see that? I'm not talking about college students here; these are full-grown adults.
Think about the percentage of police calls that are related in some way to alcohol. (Watch an episode of "Cops".) It's phenomenal. I once heard someone say that beer is the most underrated drug in America.
Unfortunately, smarter people than me don't know what can be done about it. Alcohol is never going to be illegal. Humans are social animals and alcohol is associated with that. We've created a stressful society where people are looking for ways to take the edge off. I believe some people are genetically predisposed to 'addictions' while others will never come close to any kind of problem. But the impact of alcohol on our society really is very dramatic, when you think about it.
Just another observation from behind the counter.....