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triguy46 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jun-23-08 08:51 PM
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18. Here's Dickens' take on it:
Gin-drinking is a great vice in
England, but wretchedness and dirt are a greater; and until you
improve the homes of the poor, or persuade a half-famished wretch
not to seek relief in the temporary oblivion of his own misery,
with the pittance which, divided among his family, would furnish a
morsel of bread for each, gin-shops will increase in number and
splendour. If Temperance Societies would suggest an antidote
against hunger, filth, and foul air, or could establish
dispensaries for the gratuitous distribution of bottles of Lethe-
water, gin-palaces would be numbered among the things that were.
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  -Why do people take drugs? ITS THE PAIN STUPID! Taverner  Jun-23-08 06:58 PM   #0 
  - There's one in GD...  Bornaginhooligan   Jun-23-08 06:59 PM   #1 
  - Geez, that's wonderful.  AspieGrrl   Jun-23-08 07:16 PM   #4 
  - It's that reason I'm against seat belts.  Bornaginhooligan   Jun-23-08 07:17 PM   #5 
     - that made me giggle n/t  Connonym   Jun-23-08 08:46 PM   #16 
  - Hmm  turtlensue   Jun-23-08 07:38 PM   #9 
  - That title is the official DU Lounge Zen Koan of the day  Hardhead   Jun-23-08 07:03 PM   #2 
  - Addicts are an easy way to satisfy society's need to Judge.  oktoberain   Jun-23-08 07:08 PM   #3 
  - And there are some physical pains that cannot be treated  Taverner   Jun-23-08 07:27 PM   #6 
  - Then there's the insanity of worrying about addiction in the dying  skygazer   Jun-23-08 07:32 PM   #7 
     - Fuck, yes, that's Simon-pure, deliberate cruelty. And how many hospice nurses risk  Redstone   Jun-23-08 07:36 PM   #8 
     - Worrying about addiction in terminal patients is stupid. But worrying about  oktoberain   Jun-23-08 07:43 PM   #11 
  - Yes. Can we ask ourselves why it's OK to be dependent on insulin if you have diabetes,  Redstone   Jun-23-08 07:38 PM   #10 
     - Because insulin doesn't make you "high", of course.  oktoberain   Jun-23-08 07:53 PM   #13 
     - Man, do you GET IT. Chronic pain rewires your brain so that you don't GET stoned  Redstone   Jun-23-08 08:42 PM   #14 
        - I get it because I live it too.  oktoberain   Jun-23-08 08:45 PM   #15 
           - Good God, do I feel bad for you. I'm damn lucky that I'm able to get enough  Redstone   Jun-23-08 08:50 PM   #17 
     - Because nannies on both sides if the aisle want to control your body...  Carnea   Jun-24-08 11:28 AM   #32 
  - It's the only way I can get that crazed squirrel that lives in my skull to take a nap.  Throd   Jun-23-08 07:52 PM   #12 
  - Here's Dickens' take on it:  triguy46   Jun-23-08 08:51 PM   #18 
  - Not me dude  ismnotwasm   Jun-23-08 09:00 PM   #19 
  - I think Insomnia is another reason for drug use.  davsand   Jun-23-08 09:08 PM   #20 
  - because the don't have jobs or don't want a job.  ileus   Jun-23-08 09:30 PM   #21 
  - I work. I seek pain relief.  Taverner   Jun-23-08 09:37 PM   #22 
  - I'm willing to wager, however, that it is a tiny minority of people who are purely 'drug seekers'  ThinkBlue1966   Jun-24-08 04:05 PM   #36 
  - Its when the pain CAUSED by the overindulgence is greater than the original pain  Southpawkicker   Jun-23-08 09:50 PM   #23 
  - I dunno - I measure addiction by a different yardstick  Taverner   Jun-23-08 10:00 PM   #24 
     - Physical harm, emotional harm, etc.  Southpawkicker   Jun-23-08 10:13 PM   #25 
     - Well, I would say SPK has a very good point actually  skygazer   Jun-24-08 09:48 AM   #30 
  - I'm more inclined to say "it's the pleasure"  AchtungToddler   Jun-24-08 12:26 AM   #26 
  - It makes the teevee funnier  CreekDog   Jun-24-08 05:31 AM   #27 
  - When a GWB speech sounds like wisdom  JustABozoOnThisBus   Jun-24-08 05:45 AM   #28 
  - Some people are just curious.  Shell Beau   Jun-24-08 08:38 AM   #29 
  - So why does one take Viagara? There is no pain involved with not getting a hard-on  LynneSin   Jun-24-08 09:51 AM   #31 
  - OBVIOUSLY  Dogtown   Jun-24-08 12:45 PM   #34 
  - Thanks, Nancy. The anti-drug hysteria is still with us.  redqueen   Jun-24-08 11:29 AM   #33 
  - That's a very broad definition of pain...  Orsino   Jun-24-08 01:18 PM   #35 
     - Pain is anomie - disconnect - even boredom  Taverner   Jun-24-08 06:07 PM   #37 

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