I read an interesting article arguing that America is now a nation of alcoholics. It argues that a significant part of the population is now regularly consuming multiple drinks in quick succession regularly. One argument is that Americans are attempting to escape reality and that life in America is becoming stressful and unattractive. It argues that this is a widespread national problem and without action could cause some very negative effects.
Unchecked, this alcoholism could cause a nation of absentees. The author argues that being "absent" for even 1 in 7 days can change the thinking of the nation and hinder the important thinking that Americans must do on a daily basis. The author argues that the only solution for this is for Americans to decide to be "present" and make a conscious effort to stay sober.