This article is well-worth reading: FRONTAL LOBE CHANGES IN ALCOHOLISM: A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE
Few people, if any, in this world have not been affected by alcoholism. How much of human history has been warped by it?
first posted FEBRUARY 28, 2012
UPDATE: The Fifth Precept of Buddhism is: “No irresponsible use of alcohol.” This is often interpreted to mean no irresponsible use of drugs as as well. This extension of the meaning of this precept is reasonable because many drugs cloud the mind and cause bad judgement in ways similar to alcohol. Nevertheless, that is not what the original precept is. I personally do not drink or use drugs, but believe the following is also worth considering: Are We Misunderstanding the Fifth Precept? ABN