Why is alcohol legal and suicide not?

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  1. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Why isn't suicide legal?

    As anyone ever even been prosecuted successfully for suicide(not attempted).
     
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    I agree that someone should be allowed to take their own life if they want to. After-all, it is their life and choice.

    What it has to do with alcohol, I have no idea.
     
  4. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    It's probably got something to do with assisted suicide... Easier to make the whole act illegal, so you don't get murders disguised as assisted suicides. The law doesn't really matter though if a person wants to take their life by themselves, as it obviously won't apply once they're dead. And if they attempt and fail people won't be keen to prosecute because it will just do more mental damage to the person.
     
  5. SoAnyway macrumors 6502

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    Question, how is suicide ultimately preventable?

    I mean, if someone were to really take their own life, they would do it whether it's legal or not.

    What happens after the so-called crime of suicide? Will the corpse be prosecuted?
     
  6. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    Look it up and let us know.

    Sounds like someone wants someone else to do their research.
     
  7. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 603

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    Does a dead person stay employeed? Does the dead renew their life insurance? You see where I'm going? ;)
     
  8. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    Yep, grease the wheel, grist for the mill, money for taxes.

    Your life is not your own, as you might think.
     
  9. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Accessible mental health support, inaccessible highly lethal means (e.g. guns).
     
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    Well, technically they didn't choose to be born so should they have the choice of death? :p
     
  11. citizenzen macrumors 65816

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    I see your smiley, so I shouldn't take your question too seriously, but the answer (IMO) is that it's one of the few things in life we have control over.

    Any one of us could end our life this very moment.

    By our own choice.

    We all have that choice and the power, if we decided to exercise it.
     
  12. lostngone thread starter macrumors demi-god

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    The point I was trying to get at was, we are legally allowed to self-harm ourselves. Such as smoking, drinking even full on body mutilation is legal but as soon as you want to kill yourself that is illegal.

    Seems silly to me to allow one and not the other.
     
  13. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    With the obvious exception that alcohol doesn't necessarily cause harm.
     
  14. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    As long as you don't have your car keys in your pocket.
     
  15. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Or your liver in your body.
     
  16. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Looks like some posters in this thread see drinking alcohol as synonymous with getting plastered. Perhaps a problem with society in general.

    Alcohol in moderation doesn't necessarily cause harm. I'll emphasise the word again.
     
  17. MacNut macrumors Core

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    Even 1 or 2 drinks a day for 20 years will cause harm, you don't have to get plastered for it to hurt you. It will just be a gradual slide. Just like smoking, it won't kill you overnight but it will if you don't stop.
     
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    That's quite a stretch.

    <slowly committing suicide with ale>
     
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    Or you could drink a bottle of vodka.
     
  20. iJohnHenry macrumors P6

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    I drink for flavour, not effect.

    And yes, at my age, if I downed a 5th of anything just call the medical examiner.
     
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    It must reaLly be cold today in Achorage to have time to sit and ponder this question.
     
  22. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Link to the medical literature please.
     
  23. SoAnyway macrumors 6502

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    Is it truly a mental health issue if someone didn't want to live?

    I do agree, as well as the science, that guns are a contributing factor to the high rate of suicide.
     
  24. .Andy macrumors 68030

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    Not necessarily.
     
  25. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

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    I agree with you. It is difficult to prove that 1 drink a day will shorten your life through physiological damage. It is, however, easy to prove that 1 drink is enough to measurably worsen your driving.
     

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