Okay, I don't understand why people are saying "to look cool" or "to get drunk". I mean yeah, obviously if you drink too much alcohol you will get drunk, but you normally try not to drink so much you get drunk. Being drunk isn't fun.. especially when you're hung over the next day.Normally people that are 21 and over don't do it to "look cool". I'm assuming the people that said that aren't 21 so they don't know that yet.
Alcohol tastes good and a lot of people drink it after they get off work or had a hard day at work/school just to make them feel relaxed and feel better.
Some people also drink alcohol for their health. Yes, alcohol is good for you unless you drink it in huge amounts and all the time. If you do that then you have liver disease and all that other stuff that you don't want. My mom drinks wine because it is good for your heart.
A new study published in The Lancet Medical Journal in January 2002 seems to indicate that daily moderate consumption of alcohol may help ward off Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. Previous studies have already shown that daily, moderate alcohol consumption helps prevent both heart disease and stroke. Moderate consumption, (between 1 to 3 drinks per day), is one of the key phrases because the adverse effects on health of excess alcohol consumption is beyond doubt. Primary among them is the destruction of the liver but several studies have indicated that excessive alcohol consumption can be toxic to the brain (alcoholic dementia). The new study showing that alcohol may fight Alzheimer's involved more than 5,000 people over the age of 55 and lasted for six years. At the beginning of the study, none of the participants had any signs of dementia. At the end of the study, 197 of the participants developed Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia. Those who drank between 1 to 3 drinks per day had a 42% lower risk of developing dementia than the nondrinkers. Those who did not drink daily but had more than one drink per week day had a 25% lower risk of developing dementia than the nondrinkers. One final point, it did not seem to matter what people drank, (beer, wine or liquor), the effect was the same.