by Harold Pollack

And he drank of the wine, and was drunken, and he was uncovered within his tent. Ham saw the nakedness of his father, and told his two brethren who were without. And Shem and Japeth took a garment, and laid it out upon both their shoulders, and went backward, covered the nakedness of their father, and their faces were backward, and they saw not their father's nakedness.

Noah was not the first person to go astray due to his alcohol use. He certainly wasn't the last. For millennia, problem drinking had harmed many drinkers, their families, and the wider community. For sure, tobacco kills more people, but by any other measure, alcohol poses far-and-away America’s most serious drug problem. A University of Washington team estimated that harmful drinking caused almost 64,000 deaths in the year 2000....

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