I personally feel that alcohol causes lots of harm in our society. My view on this has hardened as I have got older and have learned first hand in practice about the medical and social harm it can cause.
Collectively we have a very odd relationship with the substance. Our culture disarms the potential harms from the drug and I am almost certain if it was a drug that was discovered today it would not be legalised for recreational use.
I think many people who become dependent on alcohol do so for a myriad of complex reasons.
It is in this context that I wrote this dilemma.
A story about how a pharmacist struggles to control their relationship with alcohol. The responsibility that comes with being a pharmacist and the inevitable pressurised situations that result mean that I feel this type of situation is probably more common than we think.
So as you read the results of this dilemma take a moment to consider those friends, colleagues or family members around you and look a bit closer. Pause a minute or two.
Do they need support?
Do they need your help?