Health Watch

By defaultuser
October 2, 2003

Dear Editor,

After thoroughly perusing this week’s Loquitur, I came across a statement that I find to be offensive and clearly uneducated. That statement, written by Jana Fagotti in the Health Watch column, was “Even before the decision is made about which bucket to throw the beer can away, the decision is made as to whether or not to throw their life away first.” This biased and blatantly amateurish comment needs to be amended. Yes, binge drinking occurs and over an extended, and I emphasize extended, period of time, such as 5 to 10 years, the liver may become weak and prone to various diseases, or it may fail. However, this occurrence is rare and to cause such damage, or to “throw your life away,” it would take more than that one beer, that Miss Fagotti claims. As a 21-year-old U.S. citizen, I have the right to consume alcohol.

When the time is right and my work is done, I occasionally partake in the consumption of an alcoholic beverage and by no means am I throwing my life away. I participate in a varsity sport (lacrosse), hold a 3.2 GPA, participate in the Co-Op program, and am on track to graduate on time. I’m not the only beer drinker to not throw his or her life away, and as a matter of fact I don’t know anyone of a successful adult status who has not consumed alcohol. I’m not sure what prompted Miss Fagotti to make this outrageous and overtly misinformed proclamation, but she needs to re-evaluate her own predisposed ideas before putting them in print.

Furthermore, there are medical benefits created by the consumption of alcohol, such as prolonged length of life, heart health, improved circulation etc. While Miss Fagotti may disapprove of others behavior she has no ground to say that alcohol consumers, such as myself, have chosen to throw our lives away by drinking the occasional beer. I resent her ignorant remark it prompts me to believe she has motives beyond the desire to keep her health to argue such a point. Shame on her for condemning an entire group of people based on a fictional assumption.

Not Throwing My Life Away,

Michael V. Piccoli

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