Originally Posted by jojo
How is cheating to effect the outcome of a game not cheating? You'll need to draw the line with greater detail to successfully argue that there are degrees of PED (esepcially given the classes that we've discussed in this thread) use concerning the sanctity of the game.
I would understand a graded scale based upon addictive properties but
I concede that it can be hypocrtical to act like everclear is benovelent but using pot requires ten years in jail when considering the effect alcoholism and drunkenness has on society. I don't think this is the best premise to base your argument upon.
The point was that there are problems with your statement that "cheating" is just a part of the game. While the search for that edge, within or outside of the rules, may have always been present, I don't think there is the historical evidence that it rose to the level of the steroid scandal. Historically, I think it stands alone as single handedly making a mockery of "the fabric of the game." That is my issue with your broadbrush statement.
The other part of your response, the point was nowhere made that I approved of alcohol's status as legal. There was no hint of minimizing of the effects of alcoholism in our society, which is not universal, just to be clear. However, as you stated, a starting point in the discussion is the addictive properties, and the financial impact and danger to society because of that addiction.