In everyday usage the word “drug” has become shorthand for “illegal drug” but value judgments aside, ethyl alcohol – the fun stuff in beer and wine – is just as much a psychoactive recreational drug as the cargo coming into the United States on Colombian narco-submarines.
My girlfriend and I went out for tapas at Barlata in South Austin this past weekend. The food was pretty good and we had a great time. About halfway into our meal I looked around the restaurant and noticed that every table had an alcoholic beverage on it.
At least one person at every table was doing drugs. The restaurant had a separate drug (alcohol) menu and friendly waiters would keep the drugs flowing all night.
Most adults have been asked questions such as “What kind of wine would you like?” and “Would you like to have a drink later?”
Now try substituting “drugs” for “wine” or “a drink.”
“What kind of drugs would you like with your dessert?” or “Want to come over for some drugs after work?”
I had a glass of red wine at Barlata. It was 14% drugs by volume and it went really well with my mushroom appetizer. (We walked home.)