Diane Stafford wrote a good column on the effects of alcohol abuse by employees (9/7, Business, “A costly, tragic problem”).
While not a teetotaler, I know the gravity of the situation we now face, particularly the binge drinking and guzzling contests prevalent in the young.
As a father of eight, a retired middle manager of a major industrial facility, and past chairman of Clay County’s Health Department, I can attest to the fact that her article understates the seriousness of the problem (don’t forget social disruptions, automobile accidents and domestic disputes).
Many people are hopped up on the tobacco issue, and it is important, but it pales in comparison to the alcohol consumption patterns evident in our society.
Why does the city have such an apparent desire to continually increase the number of bars and other liquor-serving facilities? Only one answer makes sense: Alcohol sales provide tax revenue, and producers have such a strong and well-funded lobby, no one will touch the issue.
I am glad to see someone with the courage to “open Pandora’s Box” on this issue. Keep up the good work, Diane.
Jay R. Stock