How does alcohol possess so much influence that enables it to gain such an honorary position amongst the world's highest authorities?
The government praises it for its wealth of revenue. The church worships it as the blood of Christ and highly regards it as a sacrament of salvation.
In its taverns, it is hailed as a god, loved by all, consumed with pride and supported by over six billion people worldwide.
The head of every party, it is used for salutations with celebratory shouts of cheers, aimed at invoking blessings of good health, happiness and longevity, yet its rewards are the very opposite.
How then, does it manage to maintain its powerful influence over its ever-increasing band of disciples?