indeed in medieval times, where water was REALLY shitty, they drank copious quantites of beer and wine. E.coli is like everywhere, so is chloroform (sp) bacteria- did you see the mythbusters where they tested toothbrushes that were left in the bathroom at different distances from the toilet, to see if flushing spread bacteria? they were amazed that the toothbrush they had as a "control" that was out in the shop also tested positive.
after all the pain and heartache that the whole alcohol culture caused in my life, i am no longer enamored with it. i personally don' enjoy drunk monkeys, drunk people and the like. realize i'm talking FOR ME only. i guess it's kinda like when you have a "special needs" child, you dont think retard jokes are funny anymore. well, not exactly, it's more like i find it rather boring. definitely one of those things in life i've "been der, done dat". i do still appreciate that what others do is up to them, and it was and still is fun- for them.
i do believe part of my distancing from drug culture is a defense- it's not something that i need to be thinking is cool, or funny, or fun, or worthwhile. if you could guarantee absolutely, that something like what happened the night before sea fair 1983 would NOT happen*, perhaps... but there is only one way to guarantee that isn't there? and that is:
don't take the first one. ever.
*i drank a fifth of whiskey, punched out the windows of my van, assaulted my wife, got beat-up, almost arrested... you know, just having fun. the whiskey was supposed to be for the next day. i opened the bottle to "have just one"