Alcohol has been used as a weapon in recent history to destroy the lives of Native Americans by white settlers. The familial and societal effects of alcohol have been well known. Americans tried to ban alcohol siting the same reasons above (prohibition).
Alcohol is the excrement called ethanol made by microscopic organisms. Alcohol occurs in nature and can be found in rotting fruits. It is easy to naturally ferment and with the invention of distilling, alcohol is concentrated.
An argument could be made that natural occurring rotting fruit might contain enough alcohol for an enjoyable experience but enough remaining sugars to impact a winter diet scarce in resources. The draw to alcohol is obvious in the scenario.
Alcohol is a widely accepted substance in culture. It is romanticized. Television is filled with people coming home and having a beer or glass of fine.
Food is paired with alcohol at restaurants. There are even commercials for alcohol. There no other drug so widely propagated.
Alcohol is a drug. Drugs and alcohol are often referred to separately, but it is a drug.
The effect on the body is substantial. The liver is the main organ used in the removal of alcohol from the body. Consistent usage of alcohol can lead to liver disease.
More than that, integrating a high fat diet means that the liver will need to be available for the processing of ketones. The liver will prioritize the removal of alcohol over the processing of fats for up to three days. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can happen because of this.
Alcohol usage has been linked to heart disease, liver disease, high blood pressure, cancer & birth defects.
Would giving alcohol to a child be acceptable? Why not?