Originally Posted by Hombre Secreto
Do you feel the same way about alcohol, and coffee? If not... then you're a hypocrite.
I feel the same way about any individual who is addicted to something that isn't beneficial and is actually detrimental to them. ADDICTION is the key word though, participating in an activity infrequently (once/twice a month) or every now and then socially doesn't satisfy the requirements of the definition.
So to answer your question yes, a person addicted to alcohol is just as weak in my eyes as a smoker (alcohol is a much bigger short term risk than smoking and people who have an alcohol addiction also pose a much bigger threat to society esp. if they engage in their vice in public settings). Being addicted to caffeine doesn't pose the same risks (how many caffeine related car accidents are there? Any carcinogens in caffeine that harm the user or others?) to the individual or others like smoking and alcohol so from that standpoint I don't view it in the same manner. But for me personally any addiction or habit that one engages in or utilizes to make them feel more confident or better about themselves is a sign of weakness. If I saw you sucking your thumb all the time to comfort yourself (LMAO at the thought) then it's a visible sign of weakness. If you're the type of guy who refers to himself in the 3rd person during conversation then this is a sign of weakness that anyone can pick up on and potentially use against you. Thats just the way I think and feel about any addiction or addictive vice/coping mechanism. Any addiction can become a big enough problem to warrant some sort of intervention. Alcoholism and nicotine addiction are both listed in the DSM-IV because they are not only addictions but because they are detrimental to the health of the user and others. Other addictions (like caffeine or thumbsucking) aren't individually listed in the DSM-IV because they don't pose a risk to other individuals even if they get to the point of threatening the welfare of the person engaging in the activity.