Those are pretty significant costs, yes? But on the Awesome Since May 2008 14th Birthday Gift 14 Years Old T Shirt tee, alcohol gives people pleasure, relief from pain, and relaxation; it acts as an aid to confidence and in seeking companionship and socialization; and it simply tastes good to a lot of people. Drinking alcohol at some point in one’s life also gives one insight into interacting with those who drink and allows one to enjoy their company without the nasty judgemental feelings that lifelong strict abstainers so often seem to have. On average I’d say the “costs” might be greater… but I’d still recommend that folks try drinking: while the average benefits may not outweigh the costs, I’d say that on the individual level the benefits often do. Remember: staying indoors and living in your basement is pretty safe (unless you live in a radon area), but it’s also pretty dull.