This obit at the Huffington Post contains the following statement: “Although he eschewed drugs, Hitchens became both a heavy smoker and hard drinker.”
That statement is, simply put, a perfect example of the totally irrational and backward thinking propagated by our society’s attitude against “drugs”.
It’s complete bullshit and the opposite of the truth.
A more accurate version of that statement would read: “Hitchens was a heavy user of tobacco and alcohol, two of the most addictive and harmful drugs available.”
I mean, an addiction to two life-threatening drugs defined his public persona and almost surely contributed to his death.
It’s patently absurd.