On the one hand, we have trillions of dollars made through the global marketing of alcohol-based products. Of course, with so much money at stake, funding will be readily available to any scientist that wants to find virtue in a shot-glass.
On the other hand, we have zero dollars to be made, by the business-criminal class, from healthy, happy, high-functioning human beings.
It is clear to me where the truth lies. For the business criminal, the suffering and death of billions is of small concern, whereas their corporate stock price, and the luxuries afforded by their trade, is everything.
In the beginning, after I cut alcohol from my diet, my thinking was actually impaired, as my body chemistry took time to adjust. But after time, I see that I am stronger and in fuller possession of my powers. I sleep well, long, and deeply, awakening each morning refreshed, renewed, eager to begin the working day. My emotions are calmer, held in a tighter rein by the higher reason, which is of vast benefit. Money that was spent on expensive piss instead remains in my pocket. In addition, I lose weight.
There is a pleasure to be had from alcohol, but many paths lead to pleasure, and alcohol is neither the best nor the only way.
The trouble with a glass of wine at dinner is this. Those with ambition want more. If one glass is good, two must be better, after all.