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After many years of alcohol abuse and addiction, learning to live sober was a bit of a challenge for me and I didn’t really know if I could live the life of sobriety and to live without my crutch.
When I decided to call it quits over 6 mon...ths ago I said to myself, “enough is enough” and I must quit drinking alcohol now. I sat down and took a real hard look at the life I was living that moment and saw that it was a total mess.
So, I began to think of some positive and negative things of why and how I got so addicted to alcohol. The negative thoughts out weighed the positive by a mile. “Why in the world would I be ruining my life and my family over an addiction”?
I knew I needed to end this addiction fast before my world would fall to pieces and possibly lose everything I had including my family. I loved drinking vodka and my body and my appearance started to show the effects of long term drinking.
I thought to myself I needed to make a huge change in my life and take action in becoming clean and sober again before it was too late, and as we all know it’s never too late to make a change in your life if you truly want it bad enough.
Once I admitted to myself that I was addicted to alcohol, and I now had a title said by many, of an alcoholic, I knew it had to stop.
Now being sober for over 6 months, I am still keeping that promise I made to myself over one year ago, which was, “I would never be able to pick up a alcoholic drink again”.
Everyone has at one time or another made some sort of promise mostly to others, but have you ever made a promise to yourself? This promise I made to myself must never be broken or I will be right back to my old ways and life of drinking alcohol.
I had to learn to live sober and I had to learn to live without my crutch that I had taken with me everywhere I went, everyday of my life.
I now live life sober each and everyday with each day getting easier and easier. Life has treated me great now being sober and I now appreciate everything life has to offer and more.
I write on my website about my addiction( www.clearviews.info) to alcohol and now sobriety hoping that people will read my articles and maybe be able to help them in their quest in finding their own sobriety.
I changed my way of thinking by only thinking with positive thoughts and had taken the word negative right out of my vocabulary. Negativity will get you nowhere in life, but having a positive attitude will certainly have a huge impact on your success in becoming clean and sober.
So, don’t ever give up on yourself when you want to achieve anything in life including, achieving sobriety. It is never too late to change your life around for the better.
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Alcohol is a drug


It is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions—resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly.

As for how it affects the mind, it is best understood as a drug that reduces a person’s ability to think rationally and distorts his or her judgment.

Although classified as a depressant, the amount of alcohol consumed determines the type of effect. Most people drink for the stimulant effect, such as a beer or glass of wine taken to “loosen up.” But if a person consumes more than the body can handle, they then experience alcohol’s depressant effect. They start to feel “stupid” or lose coordination and control.

Alcohol overdose causes even more severe depressant effects (inability to feel pain, toxicity where the body vomits the poison, and finally unconsciousness or, worse, coma or death from severe toxic overdose). These reactions depend on how much is consumed and how quickly.

There are different kinds of alcohol. Ethyl alcohol (ethanol), the only alcohol used in beverages, is produced by the fermentation of grains and fruits. Fermenting is a chemical process whereby yeast acts upon certain ingredients in the food, creating alcohol.


Fermented drinks, such as beer and wine, contain from 2% alcohol to 20% alcohol. Distilled drinks, or liquor, contain from 40% to 50% or more alcohol. The usual alcohol content for each is:

Beer 2–6% alcohol
Cider 4–8% alcohol
Wine 8–20% alcohol
Tequila 40% alcohol
Rum 40% or more alcohol
Brandy 40% or more alcohol
Gin 40–47% alcohol
Whiskey 40–50% alcohol
Vodka 40–50% alcohol
Liqueurs 15–60% alcohol
In the United States in 2007, the death toll from teenage
drunk-driving accidents was 1,393—nearly four fatalities every day of the year.
  • Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death among teenagers in the US and are responsible for more than one in three deaths of American teenagers. Of the teen drivers killed on the road in 2006, 31% had been drinking, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The risk of a driver under the influence of alcohol being killed in a vehicle accident is at least eleven times that of drivers without alcohol in their system.

For most people, these are only statistics—shocking, perhaps, but only statistics. But for the families and friends of those who die as a result of teenage drinking and driving, each number represents a tragic loss.

Alcohol distorts a person’s perceptions and judgment. People under the influence of alcohol readily admit their reaction time is slower than when not drinking, and they take many chances they would never take when sober. Too often those chances are fatal.


Understanding how alcohol affects the body


Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream via small blood vessels in the walls of the stomach and small intestine. Within minutes of drinking alcohol, it travels from the stomach to the brain, where it quickly produces its effects, slowing the action of nerve cells.

Approximately 20% of alcohol is absorbed through the stomach. Most of the remaining 80% is absorbed through the small intestine.

Alcohol is also carried by the bloodstream to the liver, which eliminates the alcohol from the blood through a process called “metabolizing,” where it is converted to a nontoxic substance. The liver can only metabolize a certain amount at a time, leaving the excess circulating throughout the body. Thus the intensity of the effect on the body is directly related to the amount consumed.

When the amount of alcohol in the blood exceeds a certain level, the respiratory (breathing) system slows down markedly, and can cause a coma or death, because oxygen no longer reaches the brain.


Alcoholism affects more than the problem drinker

Alcoholism affects more than the problem drinker. Rigid roles and enabling behaviors constrict those who are living with an alcoholic.

Research abounds for those seeking information on alcoholism. Finding facts on signs and symptoms of problem drinking is a cinch even for the novice. However, all too frequently, the family is the first to detect that alcohol may be an issue. Unfortunately, help for them is less forthcoming. Instead, existing articles focus on the behaviors of the alcoholic. Ironically, the tendency to place emphasis on others is a primary symptom that alcohol has eroded the loved one's role in the relationship.

As the alcoholic's drinking increases and adopts a primary place in his/her world, it assumes membership in everyone's life. Family members and loved ones are forced to ignore their own needs, in order to facilitate the functioning of the household.

At the same time, alcoholism brings its own chaos into the family system. For instance, a loved one cannot predict easily the behaviors of the problem drinker. To compensate for this puzzle, the family member adopts a rigid, two dimensional role that will enable the functioning level of the family. The following are roles that are typical in alcoholic families:

The Caretaker: Usually a parent accepts this role. He/she tends to everyone's need in the family. A caretaker loses his/her sense of self in tasks of a domestic nature. Multigenerational alcoholic families will sometimes designate a child in this role, a sign of more serious pathology. The caretaker's purpose is to maintain appropriate appearances to the outside world. Negative Consequence: The caretaker never takes the time to assess his/her own needs and feelings. Others cannot bond with the caretaker due to the bustle of activity.

The Hero: Alcohol bestows this role onto the individual whose accomplishments compensate for the alcoholic's behavior. The child excels in academics, athletics, music or theatre. His/her deeds assure the family that their definition is more than alcohol. Purpose: The hero role raises the esteem of the family. Negative Consequence: The hero does not receive attention for anything besides an achievement; therefore, inner needs are not met. He/she loses the ability to feel satisfied by whatever feat he/she has manifested.

The Scapegoat: The family assigns all ills to the person who harbors this role. For example, they may tell this person that, "Mom would not drink so much if (Scapegoat's name) were not always in trouble. The child has issues with authority figures as well as negative consequences with the law, school and home. Purpose: The scapegoat puts the focus away from alcohol thereby allowing the alcoholic to continue drinking. This role may seem strange in purpose. However, if there were no scapegoat, all other roles would dismantle. He/she allows others a pretense of control. Negative Consequence: Alcohol is not identified as an issue. Often, the scapegoat is identified as 'The Problem.'

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Sex and Alcohol

Alcohol has a negative effect on sexuality as it dulls sensation and... makes it more difficult for men to have an erection and women to reach orgasm. Alcohol impairs judgment this means it slows down nervous and muscular activity and lead to risk taking decisions in people of all ages, but the consequences are often especially severe for teens. As a result, there is risk of increases unplanned pregnancy, sexual assault and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Heavy drinking has many ill-effects that cause a number of problems related to sex

A study showed that one quarter of the girls between the age of 14 to 21 who had unplanned pregnancies were drinking when they had sex and out of these more than 90% did had not thought of having sex. The number of teenage boys involved in drinking, drugs and sex together is about 30%. The number of teenagers engaging into drugs and taking alcohol is also a great concern as it is a major factor for the rise of teen pregnancy.
There is strong relationship between use of drugs and alcohol and multiple sex partners. Teens having sex when they get drunk is one common reason for the increasing rate of teen pregnancy.
Alcohol not only makes the teens pregnant at a young age but there is a great risk of HIV infection as many teenagers do not use condoms or do not know the proper use of it. Moreover under the influence of alcohol the teens have unprotected sex. The increasing number of teen having unprotected sex with multiple partners has led to an increase in teenage HIV victims.
Women who are into heavy drinking during sexual intercourse may be less lubricated and intercourse may be uncomfortable or painful. In males, it can cause difficulties in achieving or maintaining erections.

Most of the college and school students have had sex because they were drunk and usually sexual assaults of college students involve alcohol.

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 KIDS AND ALCOHOL........parents may not like to think about it, the truth is that many kids and teens try alcohol during their high school and college years, long before it's legal for them to drink it. Research has shown that nearly 80% of high school kids have tried alcohol

Although experimentation with alcohol can be common among kids, it's not safe or legal. So it's important to start discussing alcohol use and abuse with your kids at an early age and keep talking about it as they grow up.

The Effects of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol interferes with a person's perception of reality and ability to make good decisions. This can be particularly hazardous for kids and teens who have less problem-solving and decision-making experience.

Short-term effects of drinking include:
•distorted vision, hearing, and coordination
•altered perceptions and emotions
•impaired judgment, which can lead to accidents, drowning, and other risky behaviors like unsafe sex and drug use
•bad breath

Long-term effects include:
•cirrhosis and cancer of the liver
•loss of appetite
•serious vitamin deficiencies
•stomach ailments
•heart and central nervous system damage
•memory loss
•an increased risk of impotence
•high risk for overdosing

Long before your kids are presented with a chance to drink alcohol, you can increase the chances that they'll just say "no."

Childhood is a time of learning and discovery, so it's important to encourage kids to ask questions, even ones that might be hard to answer. Open, honest, age-appropriate communication now sets the stage for your kids to come to you later with other difficult topics or problems.

Talking to Kids About Alcohol


Although 3- and 4-year-olds aren't ready to learn the facts about alcohol or other drugs, they start to develop the decision-making and problem-solving skills they will need later on. You can help them develop those skills in some simple ways.

For instance, let toddlers choose their own clothing and don't worry if the choices don't match. This lets them know you think they're capable of making good decisions. Assign simple tasks and let kids know what a big help they are.

And set a good example of the behavior that you want your kids to demonstrate. This is especially true in the preschool years when kids tend to imitate adults' actions as a way of learning. So, by being active, eating healthy, and drinking responsibly, parents teach their kids important lessons early on.

Ages 4 to 7

Kids this age still think and learn mostly by experience and don't have a good understanding of things that will happen in the future. So keep discussions about alcohol in the present tense and relate them to things that kids know and understand. For example, watching TV with your child can provide a chance to talk about advertising messages. Ask about the ads you see and encourage kids to ask questions too.

Kids are interested in how their bodies work, so this is a good time to talk about maintaining good health and avoiding substances that might harm the body. Talk about how alcohol hurts a person's ability to see, hear, and walk without tripping; it alters the way people feel; and it makes it hard to judge things like whether the water is too deep or if there's a car coming too close. And it gives people bad breath and a headache!

Ages 8 to 11

The later elementary school years are a crucial time in which you can influence your child's decisions about alcohol use. Kids at this age tend to love to learn facts, especially strange ones, and are eager to learn how things work and what sources of information are available to them.

So it's a good time to openly discuss facts about alcohol: its long- and short-term effects and consequences, its physical effects, and why it's especially dangerous for growing bodies.

Kids also can be heavily influenced by friends now. Their interests may be determined by what their peers think. So teach your child to say "no" to peer pressure, and discuss the importance of thinking and acting as an individual.

Casual discussions about alcohol and friends can take place at the dinner table as part of your normal conversation: "I've been reading about young kids using alcohol. Do you ever hear about kids using alcohol or other drugs in your school?"

Ages 12 to 17

By the teen years, your kids should know the facts about alcohol and your attitudes and beliefs about substance abuse. So use this time to reinforce what you've already taught them and focus on keeping the lines of communication open.

Teens are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, and their increasing need for independence may make them want to defy their parents' wishes or instructions. But if you make your teen feel accepted and respected as an individual, you increase the chances that your child will try to be open with you.

Kids want to be liked and accepted by their peers, and they need a certain degree of privacy and trust. Avoid excessive preaching and threats, and instead, emphasize your love and concern. Even when they're annoyed by parental interest and questions, teens still recognize that it comes with the territory.

Teaching Kids to Say "No"

Teach kids a variety of approaches to deal with offers of alcohol:
•Encourage them to ask questions. If a drink of any kind is offered, they should ask, "What is it?" and "Where did you get it?"
•Teach them to say "no, thanks" when the drink offered is an alcoholic one.
•Remind them to leave any uncomfortable situation. Make sure they have money for transportation or a phone number where you or another responsible adult can be reached.
•Teach kids never to accept a ride from someone who has been drinking. Some parents find that offering to pick up their kids from an uncomfortable situation — no questions asked — helps encourage kids to be honest and call when they need help.

Risk Factors

Times of transition, such as the onset of puberty or a parents' divorce, can lead kids to alcohol use. So teach your kids that even when life is upsetting or stressful, drinking alcohol as an escape can make a bad situation much worse.

Kids who have problems with self-control or low self-esteem are more likely to abuse alcohol. They may not believe that they can handle their problems and frustrations without using something to make them feel better.

Kids without a sense of connectedness with their families or who feel different in some way (appearance, economic circumstances, etc.) may also be at risk. Those who find it hard to believe in themselves desperately need the love and support of parents or other family members.

In fact, not wanting to harm the relationships between themselves and the adults who care about them is the most common reason that young people give for not using alcohol and other drugs.

General Tips

Fortunately, parents can do much to protect their kids from using and abusing alcohol:
•Be a good role model. Consider how your use of alcohol or medications may influence your kids. Consider offering only nonalcoholic beverages at parties and other social events to show your kids that you don't need to drink to have fun.
•Educate yourself about alcohol so you can be a better teacher. Read and collect information that you can share with kids and other parents.
•Try to be conscious of how you can help build your child's self-esteem. For example, kids are more likely to feel good about themselves if you emphasize their strengths and positively reinforce healthy behaviors.
•Teach kids to manage stress in healthy ways, such as by seeking help from a trusted adult or engaging in a favorite activity.

Recognizing the Signs

Despite your efforts, your child may still use — and abuse — alcohol. How can you tell? Here are some common warning signs:
•the odor of alcohol
•sudden change in mood or attitude
•change in attendance or performance at school
•loss of interest in school, sports, or other activities
•discipline problems at school
•withdrawal from family and friends
•association with a new group of friends and reluctance to introduce them to you
•alcohol disappearing from your home
•depression and developmental difficulties


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What Is Alcohol Poisoning? How Dangerous Is Alcohol Poisoning?




By Mayo Clinic staff

Alcohol poisoning is a serious — and sometimes deadly — consequence of drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time. Drinking too much too quickly can affect your breathing, heart rate, body temperature and gag reflex and potentially lead to coma and death.

Alcohol poisoning can also occur when adults or children accidentally or intentionally drink household products that contain alcohol.

A person with alcohol poisoning needs immediate medical attention. If you suspect someone has alcohol poisoning, call for emergency medical help right away.




Alcohol poisoning signs and symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
  • Irregular breathing (a gap of more than 10 seconds between breaths)
  • Blue-tinged skin or pale skin
  • Low body temperature (hypothermia)
  • Passing out (unconsciousness) and can't be awakened

It's not necessary to have all these signs and symptoms before you seek help. A person who is unconscious or can't be awakened is at risk of dying.

When to see a doctor
If you suspect that someone has alcohol poisoning — even if you don't see the classic signs and symptoms — seek immediate medical care.

Alcohol poisoning is an emergency
If you're with someone who has been drinking a lot of alcohol and you see any of the signs or symptoms above, here's what to do:

  • Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately. Never assume that a person will sleep off alcohol poisoning.
  • Be prepared to provide information. If you know, be sure to tell hospital or emergency personnel the kind and amount of alcohol the person drank, and when.
  • Don't leave an unconscious person alone. Because alcohol poisoning affects the way your gag reflex works, someone with alcohol poisoning may choke on his or her own vomit and not be able to breathe. While waiting for help, don't try to make the person vomit because he or she could choke.
  • Help a person who is vomiting. Try to keep him or her sitting up. If the person must lie down, make sure to turn his or her head to the side — this helps prevent choking. Try to keep the person awake to prevent loss of consciousness.

Don't be afraid to get help
It can be difficult to decide if you think someone is drunk enough to warrant medical intervention, but it's best to err on the side of caution. You may worry about the consequences for yourself or your friend or loved one, particularly if you're underage. But the consequences of not getting the right help in time can be far more serious.



By Mayo Clinic staff

Alcohol in the form of ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is found in alcoholic beverages, mouthwash, cooking extracts, some medications and certain household products. Ethyl alcohol poisoning generally results from drinking too many alcoholic beverages, especially in a short period of time.

Other forms of alcohol — including isopropyl alcohol (found in rubbing alcohol, lotions and some cleaning products) and methanol or ethylene glycol (a common ingredient in antifreeze, paints and solvents) — can cause another type of toxic poisoning that requires emergency treatment.

Binge drinking
A major cause of alcohol poisoning is binge drinking — a pattern of heavy drinking when a male rapidly consumes five or more alcoholic drinks within two hours, or a female downs at least four drinks within two hours. An alcohol binge can occur over hours or last up to several days.

You can consume a fatal dose before you pass out. Even when you're unconscious or you've stopped drinking, alcohol continues to be released from your stomach and intestines into your bloodstream, and the level of alcohol in your body continues to rise.

How much is too much?
Unlike food, which can take hours to digest, alcohol is absorbed quickly by your body — long before most other nutrients. And it takes a lot more time for your body to get rid of the alcohol you've consumed.

Most alcohol is processed by your liver, and in general, it takes about one hour for your liver to process (metabolize) the alcohol in one drink.

One drink is defined as:

  • 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of regular beer (about 5 percent alcohol)
  • 8 to 9 ounces (237 to 266 milliliters) of malt liquor (about 7 percent alcohol)
  • 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine (about 12 percent alcohol)
  • 1.5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof hard liquor (about 40 percent alcohol)

Mixed drinks may contain more than one serving of alcohol and take even longer to metabolize.


When a person has alcohol poisoning they have consumed a toxic amount of alcohol, usually over a short period. Their blood alcohol level is so high it is considered toxic (poisonous). The patient can become extremely confused, unresponsive, disoriented, have shallow breathing, and can even pass out or go into a coma. Alcohol poisoning can be life-threatening and usually requires urgent medical treatment.

Binge drinking is a common cause of alcohol poisoning. However, it can also occur accidentally, as when somebody unintentionally drinks alcohol-containing household products (much less common).

When somebody consumes an alcoholic drink, their liver has to filter out the alcohol, a toxin, from their blood. We absorb alcohol much more quickly than food - alcohol gets to our bloodstream much faster. However, the liver can only process a limited amount of alcohol; approximately one unit of alcohol every hour.

If you drink two units in one hour, there will be an extra unit in your bloodstream. If during the next hour you drink another two units, you will have two units floating around in your bloodstream at the end of two hours after your drinking session. The faster you drink, the higher your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) becomes. If you drink too fast, your BAC can spike dangerously high.

Rapid drinking can bring your BAC so high that your mental and physical functions become negatively affected. Your breathing, heartbeat and gag reflex - which are controlled by types of nerves - might not work properly. You become breathless, you may choke, and your heart rhythm might become irregular. If your BAC is high enough, these physical functions can stop working, the patient stops breathing and passes out (loses consciousness).

In the USA approximately 50,000 cases of alcohol poisoning are reported annually. About one patient dies each week in the USA from alcohol poisoning.

Those at highest risk of suffering from alcohol poisoning are college students, chronic alcoholics, those taking medications that might clash with alcohol, and sometimes children who may drink because they wish to know what it is like. What are the signs and symptoms of alcohol poisoning?Even when you stop drinking, your BAC can continue rising for up to thirty to forty minutes, resulting in worsening symptoms if you have already consumed a lot.

The following signs and symptoms may indicate a progression from being drunk to alcohol poisoning:

  • Confusion
  • Hypothermia (the person's body temperature drops)
  • Pale skin, sometimes it may take on a bluish tinge
  • The individual is unresponsive but conscious (stupor)
  • The individual passes out
  • Unusual breathing rhythm
  • Very slow breathing
  • Vomiting

In really serious cases breathing might stop completely, a heart attack may occur, there is a risk of choking in their own vomit, vomit might be inhaled into the lungs causing life-threatening damage. Hypothermia may become dangerous. If the individual loses too much fluid (severe dehydration) there is a risk of brain damage. If blood glucose levels drop they might have fits (seizures).

If the alcohol poisoning is extreme the patient can go into a coma and eventually die.


Risk Factors

By Mayo Clinic staff

A number of factors can increase your risk of alcohol poisoning, including:

  • Your size and weight
  • Your overall health
  • Whether you've eaten recently
  • Whether you're combining alcohol with other drugs
  • The percentage of alcohol in your drinks
  • The rate and amount of alcohol consumption
  • Your tolerance level

     This article focuses on the health aspects of alcohol poisoning, rather than other dangers, such as getting into fights, losing possessions or having problems with the law. Treatment and helping somebody with alcohol poisoningThe National Health Service (NHS), UK, says that if you believe somebody is suffering from alcohol poisoning you should call for an ambulance, and provide the following assistance until it arrives:
  • Try to keep the individual awake
  • Try to keep them in a sitting position, not lying down
  • If they are able to take it, give them water
  • If the person is unconscious put them in the recovery position and check they are breathing
  • Don't give them coffee, it will worsen their dehydration
  • Do not lie them on their back
  • Do not give them any more alcohol to drink
  • Do not make them walk

In hospital, depending on the patient's BAC level and severity of signs and symptoms, staff may just monitor them until their alcohol levels have dropped. A tube may be inserted into their windpipe to help with breathing, they may be given an intravenous drip to control hydration and blood glucose and vitamin levels, they may be fitted with a urinary catheter if they have become incontinent. In some cases the patient's stomach may be pumped - fluids are flushed through a tube that goes down their mouth or nose.

If the patient, who may sometimes be a child, has unintentionally drunk methanol or isopropyl alcohol and has alcohol poisoning they may need kidney dialysis to speed up the removal of toxins from their system.








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6 April 2014

I tentatively side-stroke toward the Paradisus pool bar in Cancun. It’s packed with spring-breakers eager for their cocktails. It’s all inclusive. Translation: It’s already paid for. I can drink for free.

I can do this. I will get my diet soda and glide away. Easy breezy.

There—six inches from my nose—hangs a shot of tequila-something. For one brief moment I am not a recovered alcoholic. I’m just another partying vacationer at the pool bar…


Wait, I don’t drink anymore. Thank you, but no thank you. No, really I’ll pass. Yes, yes, it would be fun to party with you, but not now, maybe later, (maybe in my next life). Yes, you are having fun. Yes, I know how to have fun. No, I’m not scared. As tempting as this is I will pass. Enjoy. 

Intellectually, I have made the correct choice. Emotionally, I am wishing it was different. For a fleeting moment I wanted that shot. I wanted to feel that uninhibitedness—that complete abandon to another Lisa that lives within me. I coveted this sensation every time I took the first drink. I chased this sensation every night of my life for years—that first drink euphoria.

I am now ten years sober and humbled to even admit the path my mind so easily wandered. I am reminded that I must remain vigilant to the truth of my reaction to alcohol. I tried to moderate for years. It didn’t work. Sober works for me. Why would I want to undo something that has worked? Undo it for a moment of pleasure, a moment of escape?

Whatever it is, it is destruction. Keeping the devastation of Lisa, and all that she loves, at the forefront of my brain is paramount.

For the next few moments I am clear on how people with ‘a little time’ make the choice to drink again. It is truly effortless to believe I’m immune from what once crippled me. It’s been a decade. Certainly I can drink now that I’ve done so well. Surely it can’t still be a problem. I am so spiritually grounded. I will be able to control it. Yes, I am stronger now, I am different now. I will react differently.

How many times have I heard these words spoken? Have I ever considered that this could one day be me? After all, I wasn’t one of you. I was never planning on being sober ten years. I was planning on a little drinking hiatus to get my act together. And yet here I am sober and it works for me—being sober—and I think to give it up for a moment of escape.

I push off with my soda in hand. I have a newfound appreciation for my sobriety. More precious as time passed; still fragile without my continued acceptance of my true nature.

Alcohol and I are a terrible mix. I do not need to experience this again—ever—to remember it.

Yes, sobriety is precious! There is no such thing: a free drink.


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My name is Paul. I'm a self-employed CPA with an office in my home. It's an easy commute- seventeen and a half feet from my bedroom to my office. One of my best friends, Len, rents the upstairs part of the house from me. He knows that between January and the mid-April 15th, I'm in a challenging world of deductions, expenses and extensions. My mathematical mind rather enjoys the overwhelming tax season. It's like playing pool with numbers. 

       It's after tax season, I made my money. I took care of last second stragglers. Getting drunk has always been my perfect stress relief. What's the difference between disappearing to an expensive vacation spot for two weeks and a drinking binge?   Straight vodka out of the bottle takes me to a relaxed place for very little money. My friends and relatives constantly warn me about this, but I'm smart. I maintain a healthy diet.  Vitamin B12 tablets protect my liver. No matter how many drinking binges I go on, as long as I balance the drinking with vitamins, organic foods, and exercise, I'll stay in terrific health.   It's been working for me so far. 

       After a long drinking binge, my right arm felt numb. It was so bad at first; Len had to write my checks. He begged me to see a doctor, but the numbness was going away on its own. I'm not like some people who scramble to the emergency room every time they get a foot cramp.  

      It's late, about ten o'clock.  A nervous client keeps bugging me about an extension and I have a computer problem that is pissing me off.  There is a half a bottle of vodka in the closet.   Here comes that one drink, and hopefully the soothing numbness that will help me sleep.   That drink didn't help.  I'll have one more, bigger drink!   Right from the bottle. Now it's hitting me. Just one more drink to finally put me to sleep. I'll be in better shape to take care of the tax and computer problems tomorrow. 

       I wake up on the floor.   What time is it?   It's dark.   Am I numb from vodka or  pain?   Somehow I am gliding across the floor.  I think that's Len, trying to drag me back onto my bed.   I'm fading back to sleep as he is dragging me. 

       I'm awake again, on my bed, covered in sweat.   I see bright daylight. I never felt this numb in my life. I call out for Len. Len comes downstairs and I explain to him I cannot move my legs. "That's it!"  Len yells.   "You got to go the emergency room.  I'll bring over one of your office chairs, lift you onto the chair and wheel you to the car." 

      It takes a while for him to get me into the car.  Len is a local cab driver, yet I still feel I have to give him directions to the hospital.  Why do I feel so confused? 

      At the emergency room, I'm awake enough to give the nurse my basic information and describe the numbness in my legs. 

      While we wait for a doctor to see me, I can sense Len is hesitant asking me should he get me a walker, since I am always priding myself on what good shape I am in.  This numbness has to be a minor ailment.  Nothing serious. Other than my legs being so numb, I am more awake, and sober.  I can think more clearly. I feel the next few days I will focus on recovering, so I give Len clear instructions as to what clients to call and what bills to send out.   My life will be up-to-date during my few recovery days.   Now a doctor is talking to me, focusing on how much I have been drinking. He gives me a pill to help me go to sleep. Hopefully, I'll be home before noon tomorrow. I am zoning out. 

       I wake up, but everything is so blurry. A simple thought, like what is my name, is like the worst, challenging tax problem.  If only I could think, see and hear clearly. Thinking is like having a gang beat me up underwater. Why are my hands tied?  I know I am lying down somewhere, but where?  When?  Is it weeks later, hours later?  Am I in Boston, Europe, home?  I recognize some voices around me, but I can barely communicate to people if tell if I am cold, in pain, hungry, or frightened. 

       It is now clear that I am in a hospital room.  One day I wake in another room, a darker room.  It's not a hospital room, but something that resembles a small, strange bedroom.  Then I awake in another hospital room.  Then I awake in another bedroom where a man lies in a bed next to me.   He mutters and has nurses around him all time. 

       My thoughts are still clouded.  I seem to have clearer thinking towards late afternoon. I think it is because I have to take medication in the early evening. As I have moments where I can think clearly, I put the puzzle together.  The drinking triggered a stroke in the back of my head, a "brain bleed".   The stroke affected my legs, my hand and my speech.   From the time I entered the hospital, doctors, in order to get me through alcohol withdrawal, gave me heavy pain medication.  It's the same strong, fast acting medication given to badly wounded soldiers on the battlefield.  I am now in a nursing home. 

      Three or four months have passed since Len rushed me to the emergency room.   I only had Medicare, but that wasn't enough to cover the ongoing nursing home costs.   Len and some friends are trying to get me on Medicaid.  Len explains to me that during this long, complicated process, the nursing home has to be paid- out of my savings accounts.  

      It is now a year later.   I am on Medicaid, and most of my savings is gone.  Len and my friends on the outside tell me their problems- keeping up with bills, facing break-ups, dealing with car problems.   Everybody has some dram in their lives.  I now know life's problems can't be blocked away or wished with alcohol.   As I sit in this nursing home, I think, I wouldn't mind having my friends problems. 


Note:  Paul still resides in a nursing home.   We do what we can to make his life there comfortable.   We have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help Paul along.  Paul came up with the idea of the gift pens.   He is the link to the campaign- http://www.gofundme.com/gggvpw 




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Life is full of ups and downs, isn’t it?

I’m a firm believer that you have to suffer the downs in order to fully appreciate and enjoy the ups. But sometimes, the downs really do get to me. The last couple of weeks have been like that. ... It’s one of those periods of time where it seems like it’s just one bad thing happening after another. Without end. There have been major things like dealing with a move, having a car in the shop and finding out the engine is shot, being overwhelmed with old responsibilities. And then there have been small things like the a snow storm, and stepping in dog poop at my other house, Twice. In the same day. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks.

Yesterday though, things started to look up. I'm dealing with my shot engine, and finding some nice new cars, a few days off from work and the move is finished. Even the small stuff has gotten better – the snow storm is gone, I figured out the best spot in the house for wi-fi reception, And the dog poop? Well, it’s so far so good today.

When I was drinking, there is no way that I would’ve been able to stay sober for any of what has happened recently. Any one of the things I mentioned earlier (even the poop!) would’ve sent me straight to a bottle. Here’s the thing, I was able to trudge through the icky stuff because I use the method I use to help others, www.clearviews.info(my own website)

My website is my lifesaver, it gives me the knowledge that all of these situations and the negative feelings that I was having about them would pass.
Although at the time, actually having to feel my emotions was pretty damn hard. I’m only at almost eight months sober, so feeling negative emotions does not come easily. It’s nearly excruciating to just have to sit in them, without stuffing them, or numbing myself. Knowing, intellectually, that my situation (and mood) would change eventually, really wasn’t an emotional comfort at the time.
I was feeling hopeless, like I would be stuck in chaos forever. But somewhere, down deep, I knew that things would get better, as long as I put one foot in front of the other and tried to do the next right thing, no matter how hard.

That leads me to the second thing that saved me. Sobriety. I would never have come out on the other side of this, the good, positive, joyous side, if I had gotten drunk. Not only would I not have been able to deal with those things, I would’ve created even more wreckage! It would’ve been like the snowball rolling down the hill you see in cartoons. It would keep getting bigger and bigger, gaining speed as it got closer and closer to running me over. I know that bad things are going to happen, even in sobriety, but as long as I don’t drink, I can avoid the snowball.

So today, I am really grateful that things are on the upswing and that I was able to weather the last couple of weeks. One of the things that I try to remember when uncomfortable feelings come up is something that I posted on my website, “our emotions won’t kill us, but our addiction will.” Those words have given me comfort during times of emotional stress and upheaval. During troubled times I’m so glad that I was able to remember that my emotions were not something that would cause my world to end.

Another thing I remembered was that, when I am in that state, I can’t always believe what I think. My hopeless and defeatist thoughts aren’t reality. My alcoholic brain tells me that those feelings are true, when in fact, a lot of times, they aren’t. But while I may not always be able to change the way I feel about a situation, I can accept that sometimes my feelings might not be quite accurate, and that perhaps I should try to change my perspective. It works.

I guess what I am getting at with all this, is that sobriety isn’t for sissies. See, in the beginning, I thought that when I got sober, life would get better. It didn’t. Bad things continue to happen, and life continues to be challenging. What did get better, though, is me. I bounce back quicker from disappointments, I allow myself to feel, I talk about things with others, I live pretty darn transparently. It’s not always easy, in fact, it’s hard a lot of the time, but it’s always better than it was when I was drunk. I experience so much more joy and happiness now, even in the midst of life’s messes. Being sober doesn’t take away the trials and tribulations, but it equips me to be able to handle them.

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*What is Alcohol

*Life is full of ups and downs, isn’t it? 

*Live Sober

*Christian views on alcohol are varied

*Starting Point , www.startingpointmn.com

* New Year, Old Myths, New Fatalities: Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths Jump During Christmas and New Year’s    

*Alcoholism affects more than the problem drinker

*Four Essential Tips for Staying Clean and Sober

*Sex and Alcohol


*Drinking alcohol in cold weather

*Start of alcohol-free week 

*What Is Alcohol Poisoning? 

*How to Live Without Drugs and Alcohol?

*Make No Mistake, Alcohol`s Demons Are Not Imaginary

*Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin 

*The Dry Drunk Syndrome

*What Is Alcoholic Sober Living?

*New Law: Being Intoxicated in Public


*When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do


*Alcohol and Diabetes 

*Alcohol and Drug Abuse


*Should You Seek Drug Rehab From NYC Rehab Centers?

*NYC Rehab Centers can help you detox

*Alcohol & Drug Treatment, Is treatment really necessary?

*Drug Addiction

*The New Direction

*Yesterday Today and Tomorrow


*How can a struggling alcoholic or drug addict stop usingdrugs permanently?


*Can drinking alcohol really speed up the aging process?

*6 sneaky signs you drink too much

*One, Two, Maybe Three Glasses

*Matthew Cordle, Man Who Made YouTube DUI  Confession,  Expected To Plead Guilty

*A Night in Jail

*A New Life

*Drive Drunk at Your Own Risk

*How Drunk Are You?

*Negotiating for Daily Life

*To Abstain or Not to Abstain?

*How Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk

*Reality Bites

*This Is Your Brain on



*Wanna stay sober at a party without doing damage to your social life?




*Not drinking anymore is not fun:

*The Things You Notice When You're Not Drinking


*What is an Alcoholic?


*What Defines an Alcohol Problem? Reader’s


*Why I Don't Drink Alcohol Anymore

*Sober Community


*What Is a Functional Alcoholic?

*Alcoholism and Problem  Drinking

*Alcohol and Drug Awareness Project (ADAP)

*My Sober World came to an end....

*Take the first step...



*Alcohol consumption in USA

*Drugs and Alcohol

*How drinking effects the brain

*Teenage alcohol abuse

*Alcohol Research

*Rehabilitation And Sobriety Contacts And  Websites

*Fetal Alcohol Syndrome


*Nationwide Rehabilitation Information

*Free rehab info in Mastic beach

*Live medical news

*Alcohol & Me, George McBee video

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              CLEAR TOMORORROW

Christian views on alcohol are varied: Throughout the first 1,800 years of church history, Christians consumed alcoholic beverages as a common part of everyday life and used "the fruit of the vine" in their central rite—the... Eucharist or Lord's Supper. They held that both the Bible and Christian tradition taught that alcohol is a gift from God that makes life more joyous, but that overindulgence leading to drunkenness is a sin.In the mid-19th century, some Protestant Christians moved from this historic position of allowing moderate use of alcohol (sometimes called moderationism) to either deciding that not imbibing was wisest in the present circumstances (abstentionism) or prohibiting all ordinary consumption of alcohol because it was believed to be a sin (prohibitionism) Today, all three of these positions exist in Christianity, but the historic position remains the most common worldwide, due to the adherence by the largest bodies of Christians including Anglicanism, Catholicism, Orthodoxy, and a significant minority among Evangelicals. About four-in-ten (42%) of Evangelical leaders around the world say drinking alcohol is compatible with being a good evangelical, while 52% say it is incompatible.
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New Year, Old Myths, New Fatalities: Alcohol-Related Traffic Deaths Jump During Christmas and New Year’s


Some holiday predictions are, tragically, very predictable. For example, more people are likely to die in alcohol-related traffic crashes during the holidays than at other times of the year.

Statistics show that during Christmas and New Year’s, two to three times more people die in alcohol-related crashes than during comparable periods the rest of the year. And 40 percent of traffic fatalities during these holidays involve a driver who is alcohol-impaired, compared to 28 percent for the rest of December.


Myths Persist

Even though many of us are aware of these troubling statistics, myths about drinking and driving persist—myths that, for some, can prove fatal. Scientific studies supported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism provide important information that challenges these widespread, yet incorrect, beliefs about how quickly alcohol affects the body and how long these effects can last.

Alcohol’s Effects Begin Quickly

Holiday revelers may not recognize that critical driving-related skills and decision-making abilities are diminished long before they show physical signs of intoxication.

Initially, alcohol acts as a stimulant, and people who drink may temporarily feel upbeat and excited. But they should not fooled. Alcohol soon affects inhibitions and judgment, leading to reckless decisions behind the wheel.

As more alcohol is consumed, reaction time suffers and behavior becomes poorly controlled and sometimes aggressive—further compromising driving abilities. Continued drinking can lead to the slurred speech and loss of balance that we typically associate with being drunk. At higher levels, alcohol acts as a depressant, which causes the drinker to become sleepy and sometimes pass out.

Even When Drinking Stops—Alcohol’s Effects Do Not

Myths and Facts:

Myth:  You can drive as long as you are not slurring your words or acting erratically.

Fact: The coordination needed for driving is compromised long before the signs of intoxication are visible. Plus, the sedative effects of alcohol increase the risk of nodding off or losing attention behind the wheel.


Myth: Drink coffee. Caffeine will sober you up.

Fact: Caffeine may help with drowsiness, but not with the effects of alcohol on decisionmaking or coordination. The body needs time to metabolize (break down) alcohol and then to return to normal. There are no quick cures— only time will help.


During a night of drinking, it’s also easy to misjudge alcohol’s lasting effects. Many revelers believe that they can drive safely once they stop drinking and have a cup of coffee. The truth is that alcohol continues to affect the brain and body long after the last drink has been downed. Even after someone stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream, impairing judgment and coordination for hours.

Driving home late at night is especially hazardous because the depressant action of alcohol magnifies a person’s natural drowsiness. Driving abilities may even be impaired the next day, when any alcohol remaining in the system—or the headache and disorientation associated with hangovers—contributes to feelings of sluggishness, even though the person no longer feels drunk.


Before You Celebrate—Plan Ahead

Of course, we don’t intend to harm anyone when we get behind the wheel during the holiday season. Yet traffic fatalities persist and myths about drinking live on—even though scientific studies have documented how alcohol affects the brain and body.


Because individuals are so different, it is difficult to give specific advice about drinking. But certain facts are clear—there’s no way to speed up the brain’s recovery from alcohol and no way to make good decisions when you are drinking too much, too fast.


So this holiday season, do not underestimate the effects of alcohol. Don’t believe you can beat them. Here are some tips to keep in mind if you choose to drink:


  • Pace yourself. Know what constitutes a standard drink and have no more than one per hour.
  • Have “drink spacers”—make every other drink a nonalcoholic one.
  • Make plans to get home safely. Remember that a designated driver is someone who hasn’t had any alcohol, not simply the person in your group who drank the least.

               A SOBER TODAY




100% clean and sober
Sober living, by its name implies that problems are addressed and handled immediately without the drama, extreme emotions, or self-destructive behaviors that accompanied drug and alcohol use.

The following are some components of a sob...er recovery:
• Being honest

• Sharing emotions

• Using a support system to address problems

• Avoiding isolation

• Going to therapy when needed

• Maintaining healthy relationships

• Engaging in self-affirming behaviors

• Healthy exercise regimes

• Eating healthy foods

• Attending to spiritual needs

• Stress relieving therapies

Balance is the key to a sober recovery. So, now that we know what is needed to stay sober and alert, I'll tell you how I do it.

Simply 2 things I do daily that work for me.

1. Set goals, and achieve them

2. Tackle each day, one day at a time
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Four Essential Tips for Staying Clean and Sober

1. Remove Temptations
Once you make the commitment to sobriety, it is essential that you make some lifestyle changes that will avoid the temptation of relapsing into the addiction. Make sure you eliminate all of the alcohol in your home, even if it is a top shelf bottle of cabernet. Avoid placing yourself in situations where you will be in the same ...room as alcoholic beverages, like in bars or nightclubs. If you must attend a special event or party, then kindly ask that your family members or friends do not drink around you. When you are struggling to stay sober, make it easier on yourself by avoiding the sight and smell of alcohol. The less amount of time you are around alcohol, the less likely you will fall into relapse.

2. Reach Out For Support
Always remember that you do not have to suffer through recovery and sobriety all on your own. Whether it comes from close friends, family members, support groups, sponsors, or counselors, make sure you have a number of support systems to provide guidance. It is important to have them on speed dial, especially when you are having difficulty resisting urges to pick up the bottle. If there are people in your life that are negative or judgmental about your recovery, it is in your best interest to drift away from them. Only surround yourself with people that you feel comfortable opening up to because they love you unconditionally.

3. Reward Yourself
Achieving and maintaining sobriety is a tremendous accomplishment that should never be overlooked by anyone, including you. Recognize your achievement, hard work, and strength by rewarding yourself with something special. Although the prize you may really want is a glass of wine, never risk falling down the slippery slope back into addiction and ruin all of your progress. Consider treating yourself to a nice meal at your favorite restaurant every month that you stay sober. Or, separate the money that used to buy alcohol, and instead buy yourself something special. These will give you incentives to stay on the path towards sobriety and increase your strength.

4. Stay Active
Cravings for your drug or alcohol of choice typically result from feelings of hunger, anger, loneliness, or fatigue. Therefore, avoid these negative emotions by staying active, taking care of your body, and getting plenty of sleep. Become dedicated to nutrition by consuming three balanced meals every day and exercising for at least a half hour. Exercise reduces depression and anxiety levels, while boosting your energy and self-confidence. Furthermore, replace your old habits with some new, refreshing hobbies that interest you. Start learning a new language or take a painting class. Not only will this get alcohol off your mind, it will give you opportunities to meet new people.

Whenever you start losing the strength to stay sober, use these tips to help you stay on track to achieving your goals. And, always remember that....
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Alcohol is BAD for your health?

We know that drinking too much alcohol can be very bad to our health but despite of this, the population of alcohol drinkers are still rapidly growing. In a recent study done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, almost 80% of high school students have been exposed to drinking alcohol.

The bad effects of constant alcohol abuse are very obvious a...nd deciding whether to drink is always a personal choice.

· Alcohol is a depressant. Small amounts can make you feel relaxed but excessive intake can slow the function of the central nervous system.

· Alcohol changes the way your mind and your body work. It alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision and hearing. It slows down your reactions and confuses your thinking. It makes it harder to control your muscles, mind and mouth. Overuse of this can make people stagger, lose their coordination and slur their speech.

· Alcohol is addictive. This disease is called ‘Alcoholism,. Those people who started drinking while they’re young are more prone to this disease. Usually, they undergo various symptoms of alcohol withdrawal whenever they try to stop drinking.

· Alcohol poisoning can result from excessive alcohol drinking. It occurs when the body has become poisoned by the large amounts of alcohol. It may result to violent vomiting, extreme sleepiness, dangerously low blood sugar, unconsciousness, seizures, difficulty in breathing and can sometimes lead to death.

· It can lead to various health problems. It can damage your stomach by developing ulcers that can lead to internal bleeding, liver by developing Cirrhosis which disables your liver function, kidneys and many other organs. Excessive drinking may also cause many types of cancer due to the organic chemical known as Acetaldehyde which is a well known carcinogen found in cigarette tobacco that can cause massive DNA damage.

· It can give you bad skin.

· It contributes to faster memory loss.

· Alcohol can give you bad breath.

· It can cause weight problems because alcohol has a lot of calories.

· Whenever you’re drunk, you are prone to many types of accidents and abuse such as sexual abuse, robbery, or physical abuse.
Don't drag people to the bar

The other day I wrote about how inmates make wine in prison, now read below for a disturbing article about moonshine:

Bootleg liquor containing toxic methanol killed 143 people and sickened dozens more who drank the cheap, illicit brew bought at small shops in eastern India, officials said Thursday. Police a...arrested 10 suspected bootleggers.
Emergency medical teams rushed to the village outside Kolkata, and thousands of relatives, many of them wailing in grief, gathered outside the packed hospital. Inside, dead bodies lay on the floor covered in quilts, while the ill waited on staircases to be treated. Groups of men sat in the halls with saline drips running into their arms.
Abdul Gayen cried inconsolably for his son, Safiulla, a laborer who drank some of the liquor Monday night and then complained of lightheadedness. When Safiulla woke up the next morning, he fell and began frothing at the mouth, Gayen said. He died before his family could get him to the hospital.
"Safiulla was the lone bread earner in our family. I don't know what will happen to us now," he said.
Illegal liquor operations flourish in the slums of urban India and among the rural poor who can't afford the alcohol at state-sanctioned shops. The hooch, often mixed with cheap chemicals to increase potency and profit, causes illness and death sometimes -- and occasionally mass carnage.
Many of the victims -- day laborers, street hawkers, rickshaw drivers -- had gathered along a road near a railway station after work to drink the illicit booze they bought for 10 rupees (20 cents) a half liter, less than a third the price of legal alcohol, district magistrate Naraya Swarup Nigam said.
They later began vomiting, suffering piercing headaches and frothing at the mouth, he said.
Angry villagers later ransacked booze shops around the village of Sangrampur, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) south of Kolkata, the city formerly known as Calcutta.
Police arrested 10 people in connection with making and distributing the methanol-tainted booze and demolished 10 illicit liquor dens in the area, said Luxmi Narayan Meena, district superintendent of police.
Arman Seikh, 23, rushed his brother-in-law to the hospital.
"He complained of burning chest and severe stomach pain last night," he told The Associated Press.
Police officials said the liquor was from an illegal distillery in the village of Mograhat that supplies 70 shops in the area. Police are searching for the kingpin of the operation, who has fled, they said.
Drinking alcohol contains ethanol, whereas highly toxic methanol -- a clear liquid that can be used as fuel, solvent or antifreeze -- can induce comas and cause blindness and is deadly in high doses.
Anwar Hassan Mullah brought six sickened people to a hospital, and all of them died, he told NDTV news channel. He blamed police for turning a blind eye to bootleggers who spike their alcohol to boost its kick.
"It's a very sad thing that this has happened," Mullah said. "Why don't the police stop this? I cannot understand. What connection do they have (to the bootleggers)?"
By Thursday evening, the death toll had skyrocketed to 143, said Surajit Kar Purkayaspha, a top West Bengal police official. About 100 people were being treated in hospitals, he said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered an inquiry into the deaths, called for a meeting of the state's major political parties to address the problem and promised a crackdown.
"I want to take strong action against those manufacturing and selling illegal liquor," she said, according to Press Trust of India. "But this is a social problem also, and this has to be dealt with socially also along with action."
Despite religious and cultural taboos against drinking among Indians, 5 percent -- roughly 60 million people -- are alcoholics. Two-thirds of the alcohol consumed in the country is illegal homemade hooch or undocumented liquor smuggled in, according to The Lancet medical journal.
The state of Gujarat, where all liquor is banned, just approved a death penalty for making, transporting or selling spurious liquor that kills people. The strict measures were proposed after 157 people died from drinking a bad batch of liquor in the city of Ahmedabad in 2009. At least 180 people died in 2008 around the southern Indian city of Bangalore from a toxic batch of homemade liquor.
The mass casualties came just days after a hospital fire in Kolkata killed more than 90 people and led to the arrest of the facility's directors for culpable homicide.
Illicit liquor is a hugely profitable industry across India, where bootleggers pay no taxes and sell enormous quantities of their product, said Johnson Edayaranmula, executive director of the Indian Alcohol Policy Alliance, an organization that fights alcohol-related problems.
The bootleggers, working in homes, hidden warehouses and even in forests, can turn 1 liter of genuine alcohol into 1,000 liters of bootlegged swill with chemicals and additives that usually cause no harm, but on occasion can lead to tragedy, he said.

Every week, one or two people across the country die from tainted liquor, he said. In 2009, at least 112 people died from a toxic brew in western India.
"People don't know what they are drinking," he said. "It's all easy money, big profits. No one is bothered by the health or social consequences."
The trade is allowed to flourish despite strict laws against spurious liquor because corrupt police, local officials and tax authorities all get a cut of the profits, he said.
"Many people are getting a share out of it, so who is going to take action against these people," he said.

The making of wine in prison is probably as old as prison tattoos and the penetentiary system itself. Even though impossible to know who the true inventor of prison wine was, prisoners have enjoyed wine while in prison for centuries.


There is nothing that sells faster in prison that wine and tobacco. Wine fermentation is probably one of prisons most lucrative illegal businesses. The demand of alcohol in prison is high and offenders will pay up to $2 dollars a cup or $30 dollars a gallon.


Offenders make prison wine with a few very basic ingredients found in most prison kitchens. Ingredients include real sugar, concentrated citrus juice, dried yeast and water. Prison wine may be fermented with just about any citrus fruit juice but the use of oranges is preferred. Offenders who ferment wine use 4 key measuring rules of thumb.

  • 2 full cups of sugar for every gallon
  • 14 cups of concentrate or freshly squeezed citrus juice for every gallon
  • 2 cups of water for every gallon
  • 7 yeast pellets for every gallon

Mixing and measuring the right amount of ingredients is one thing, but using the correct timing and temperature is a completely different requirement. Most experienced wine makers in prison use 5 gallon plastic trash bags as a pouch, or container. Concentrated citrus juice and warm water is then poured into the 5 gallon pouch. Whole oranges, grape fruits, apples, prunes or any other citrus fruit available to offenders are tossed into the bag to speed up the fermentation process.

Finally dozens of yeast pellets are tossed into the brew before the 5 gallon bag is placed under a blanket and tucked away in a dark corner. The 5 gallon pouch is left unmolested for a few days where fermentation takes its natural coarse. The sugar and citrus serve as food or fuel for the living organisms born from the yeast. The organisms produce alcohol as they multiply into what becomes a 5 gallon bag of wine stronger than any kind legally sold in stores to civilians.

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Alcohol and Drug Abuse


The use and misuse of alcohol and other drugs is one of the more controversial issues in our society, and often a source of conflict between generations and between sections of society. It's not the purpose of this page to tell people how to behave or to seek to label them as alcohol or drug abusers. Alcohol and other drugs are powerful substances with a potential to harm users or to tempt them into over-indulgence, so it is important to take care of yourself when considering using them and to avoid taking any risks which you might regret later.

No universal classification of what constitutes unhealthy use exists. Many classifications ignore the fact that alcohol and drug use is an accepted part of many social sets. What is seen as risky behaviour by one group is accepted as normal by another.

Use of drink and drugs can be classified as -

  • Abstinent - No use is made.
  • Controlled - People have made a conscious decision, have evaluated the risks and can stop if they want.
  • Impulsive - Use is unpredictable and can lead to unexpected accidents and harm. However there is not continual use or dependency.
  • Habitual - The use of alcohol or drugs have become a significant and important part of the person's life-style. Stopping would not be easy.
  • Dependent - There is a high degree of physical and psychological addiction. Alcohol and drug use disrupts or rules the person's life. Stopping is not possible without considerable support.

Obviously abstinence and controlled use is the least worrying category and dependency the most problematic. However many people making impulsive or habitual use of drink and drugs are not totally happy with their situation.


If you are wondering about your drink or drug use, have you considered the following?

Psychological consequences

  • Are you using drink or drugs to escape from a problem which you might be able to solve if you faced it? If so you may be perpetuating your shyness, anxiety, depression, unhappiness etc. rather than dealing with it for once and all.
  • Drink and drugs don't permanently change our world. They allow us to feel a temporary confidence or happiness, but the effect is usually one of borrowed time. Often the unhappiness or anxiety returns even more strongly once the effects wear off.
  • Drink and drugs can cause psychological problems by themselves. Alcohol can commonly cause depression; drugs can also cause depression, or can trigger anxiety or even psychosis (loss of reality).

Social consequences

  • Drink and drugs are often seriously expensive, so uncontrolled use can lead to financial problems.
  • You can quite easily end up in trouble with the law. Although drinking alcohol is legal, it can lead to assault and driving when drunk. Similarly, although the law may turn a blind eye to personal use of certain drugs, this attitude is not consistent. Sentences for any supplying drugs can be heavy and unpredictable. Any conviction for drink or drugs offences may severely limit the opportunities open to you in the future.
  • Pronounced use of drink or drugs tends to rigidly define social groups, so it may limit your circle of friends.
  • Continual or large scale use of alcohol has a bad effect on most people's sex-life.

Physical Consequences

  • Drink definitely lowers people's ability to resist harming themselves when they have problems.
  • Drink can lower people's inhibitions against hurting others.
  • Drink greatly lessens people's ability to say no to unwanted sexual encounters which they would have definitely avoided had they been sober.
  • Many serious accidents are drink and drug related.
  • There are long-term health risks.

All these things will not happen to everybody. You may be lucky and avoid any serious mishaps. However, all these consequences are seen routinely enough by anyone involved in welfare work to suggest they are not exaggerated or unusual.

Taking Control

If you want to take more control of your use of drink or drugs the following suggestions may help.

  • Make a list of the advantages and drawbacks of your alcohol and drug use which are personally significant to you. The above list of possible consequences may help focus your mind. Then decide whether you would like to lessen the disadvantages.
  • Keep a diary of your consumption over a week. Be honest about the amounts you are using. Consider whether you could limit your intake by changing your routine so as not to put you in tempting situations.
  • Talk to someone whom you trust about your use. See if they feel you have cause for concern.
  • Consider what you are using. In particular note when you use concentrated or particularly dangerous forms of drink and drugs. Can you substitute a less potent alternative?
  • Consider the social pressures to consume. Can you limit your exposure to these - e.g. stop buying in rounds, meeting in pubs, partying late etc.?
  • Consider what emotions trigger consumption. Are you using drink and drugs to help deal with certain feelings - frustration, anxiety, shyness, boredom etc. Can you find alternative means of dealing with these feelings?
  • Try a month of abstinence. See whether you can do it, and if you can find different ways of dealing with problems. There may be distinct advantages to being able to bring your sober and unstoned self to look at various problems!
Alcohol and the cold

Drinking alcohol in cold weather


The cold weather is definitely... setting in again, but that doesn’t mean social lives have ground to a halt. However, if your destination is the pub or a club and you’re drinking alcohol, it’s important that you take extra care in the cold.

Alcohol and warmth: the big misconception

Alcohol can make you think that you’re warm. But the balmy glow and red cheeks that come with a drink are deceptive.

“When you drink, it dilates the peripheral blood vessels near your skin, which means more blood – and heat – flows to these vessels,” says Professor Colin Drummond, head of the Section of Alcohol Research at King’s College London. “That takes blood and heat away from the core of your body. So while it feels like you’re warm because your skin is warm, your vital organs aren’t as warm as you might think they are.

“If you then go out in the cold after drinking, because you’ve got a lot of heat on the periphery of your body, you can lose heat very easily and quickly. And that can be dangerous.”

The dangers

When you’ve been drinking heavily and then venture out into arctic conditions, the faulty internal thermometer – coupled with the confusion and bravado – that alcohol creates can spell trouble.

“Drinking too much leads to bad decisions,” says Prof Drummond. “If you drunkenly decide to walk home across a snowy field instead of getting a taxi, you’re putting yourself at risk. Hypothermia can take hold quickly and can even lead to death.”

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Professor Malcolm Woollard is the chair of the British Paramedic Association. He says: “A huge proportion of emergency calls that our paramedics deal with are to do with alcohol. Sometimes – and especially when temperatures are low – we do treat people who have drank too much, perhaps missed the last bus home, passed out outside and ended up with hypothermia.”

He continues: “Then, of course, there are the people we treat that have been drinking and then slipped on ice or snow and hurt themselves. Alcohol and cold temperatures are a lethal combination.”

Luckily, it isn’t difficult to make sure you stay safe. Staying within the government's daily unit guidelines (that women should not regularly exceed 2-3 units daily and that men should not regularly exceed 3-4 units daily) will go a long way to avoiding cold-related dangers. Knowing how you’re getting home and sticking with friends will help, as will wearing warm clothes.

Start of alcohol-free week marked by setting seven days without booze challenge

AFTER a long, busy day at work, many people are guilty of enjoying a couple of beers or a glass of wine in the evening to help them leave behind the stresses of the day.A glass of your favourite tipple over dinner or while sitting on the sofa is the preferred way for many to unwind and relax - but at what price to your health?

Recent government research has shown that drinking every day can result in long-term damage to your liver.

As a result of Scotland's infamous drinking habits, our doctors are now seeing a significant increase in the number of people suffering from liver scarring, which is known as cirrhosis, and in the most extreme cases, liver failure.

An official report carried out by the House of Commons Science and Technology committee recommends that all drinkers should make sure they have at least two alcohol-free days a week.

It also said drinkers should take into account their weight when keeping track of the total number of units they consume.

Current Department of Health guidelines say that men should not regularly drink more than four units of alcohol a day, while women should not regularly drink more than three units per day.

hey also recommend that people don't consume alcohol for 48 hours after a heavy drinking session, to give their bodies enough time to recover.

Alcohol-Free Week begins tomorrow - which is also the start of Lent - and asks people to go teetotal for seven days.

To highlight the dangers of drinking everyday and binge drinking at weekends, the campaign hopes abstaining will help people re-examine their drinking habits.

With this in mind, we asked two women to give up booze for a whole week and keep a diary of their progress.



DIANE Wright, 33, from Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, works in IT and admits to myself few enjoying wine with dinner while out socially.

She said: "Like most people, I do like a drink and my favourite is rose wine, cider or vodka and tonic. I am looking forward to a week free of booze and I'm hoping that it won't be too much of a challenge."

Day one: "In a bid to keep myself away from temptation I've decided to go to the gym after work. I've been working with a fantastic trainer, David McConnachie at DMC gym in Glasgow, who thinks giving up alcohol for a week is a great idea.

"We spoke about the health benefits of not drinking and I feel really spurred on now to complete this challenge."

Day two: "My partner John has decided to support me by giving up booze this week too. I must admit the fact that you''re not allowed something makes you want it more. I've been thinking about a nice glass of wine but I've told myself no and made a cup of herbal tea instead - boring but healthy."

Day three: "I went back to the gym again and had a great workout. I feel energised and I think I've encouraged a few people to try a week without booze, too. Although I feel great I'm not really looking forward to the weekend. I like to unwind with a few drinks and I think it's going to be pretty dull without any alcohol.

But I've kept positive and so far I've enjoyed this experience.

Day four: "I was just thinking about the amount of calories I've saved by cutting out a glass of wine with dinner. I've been drinking plenty of water and my skin looks great. I can't really say I've found it difficult as I've kept myself busy. My friends think it's great and a few have said they''ll give it a go too.

"I'm feeling positive, fit and healthy and I'm sleeping really well at night. John is also benefiting from a booze-free lifestyle."

Day five: "It's almost the weekend. At the beginning of the week I was dreading this but I'm now quite happy not to drink.

"To avoid all temptation, John and I have decided to have a quiet night in, so it's a cup of tea then off to bed.

Not very rock ''n'' roll but at least there won't be a hangover."

Day six: "Went out for lunch with John and the restaurant had an offer on a large pizza and bottle of wine. I was so tempted but managed to resist and had vegetable soup and a coffee. It's the first time this week I've almost ordered wine."

Day seven: "Success. I'm glad I didn't break my pledge. I feel fit and healthy and have so much more energy.




LIBBY Anderson, 40, from Gartcosh, Lanarkshire, is a busy mum-of-one who runs a body shaping class at Studio North in Glasgow.

She admitted enjoying a drink at the weekends, as well as wine with dinner, and said: "My favorite tipple is Jack Daniel's and Coke or white wine.

"I look forward to having a glass of wine with a meal and a few at the weekend.

"It makes me feel more relaxed. "I don't see anything wrong with letting your hair down and enjoying yourself, life's too short not to."

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How to Live Without Drugs and Alcohol?


A struggling addict or alcoholic might ask: “How do I live without drugs and alcohol?” The proposition can be mind-boggling for someone who is still caught in the grip of addiction. Typically, the addict or alcoholic cannot even picture their life and what it would be like without self-medicating with drugs and alcohol.

Furthermore, even if they could imagine such a life without chemicals, most of us do not want such a fairy tale existence. The idea of sobriety repels us, because we imagine that we will be miserable without our drug of choice. I know this because I once stood at this very jumping-off point: baffled by how I had become so dependent and miserable using drugs, but unable to picture a positive life for myself in the future.

So how do we strip away the drugs and alcohol, how to we manage a life with this apparent “emptiness” that is sobriety?

First of all, that emptiness that is so dreaded by the newcomer is nothing but a huge mountain of fear (one that is paper-thin, to borrow a great quote). It is only by walking through this fear and giving your new life in recovery a chance that you can begin to understand how that “emptiness” without drugs and alcohol was nothing more than an illusion, and anyone who stays the course in recovery will reap the rewards of a rich and full life. Understand, however, that you probably cannot convince a struggling addict or alcoholic of this. They must accept it on blind faith that their life will get better….just as I did.

Using a program of recovery as a guide for living

They say that recovery is an action program. This is absolutely the truth. You can see evidence that any recovery must be an action-based program when you start looking at the success stories and comparing them to the countless people who tend to relapse over and over again. The main difference can always be measured in terms of action and follow-through. The people who relapse often talk a good game. But that doesn’t keep anyone sober. Living without drugs and alcohol requires action on a daily basis, and that means discipline. Why discipline? Because the actions that carry you through each day sober have to be repeated, over and over again. That means you need to find and carefully evaluate what works for you in maintaining sobriety.

A program of recovery (such as the 12 step program) is supposed to be an objective set of guidelines to instruct recovering addicts and alcoholics on how to live their life on a day-to-day basis. Now this is all well and good, and can certainly help many people to live without drugs and alcohol. But remember that a program of recovery is nothing by itself, it only becomes useful after an individual interprets it. And after it is interpreted, it is no longer objective. It has now become part of that person’s direct experience.

The subjective program of recovery

Each program of recovery, regardless of who is working the program or what steps they are following or what book they are reading, is subjective. Any program of recovery must be first interpreted by an individual and then implemented in that person’s daily life in order to be effective.

In the beginning, we have to be told what to do, and how to stay clean. There are a number of programs out there, and an infinite number of interpretations of those programs. But we come into recovery in a sad state, out of control and afraid to even make decisions about our own lives. We know that we are beaten and that we need help.

As we grow in recovery, we start to see that the program that we have been following all along has several interpretations. There are many winners in recovery: people who have achieved a meaningful, long term sobriety. And among these winners, we see that their exact implementation of recovery varies by quite a bit.

For example, there are winners in recovery who never meditate. Some of them have never even tried. They might pray to a higher power, or find meaning within a spiritual group, or do other things that they consider to be spiritual exercises, but they never meditate. This is not good or bad, it simply is.

On the other hand, there are winners in recovery who base their entire lifestyle around meditation. They are meditation fanatics, and this becomes their core spiritual practice. It becomes a lifestyle for them. Is this good or bad? Of course not….it simply is. The point is to illustrate that recovery programs are truly subjective. They are not etched in stone and only open to a single interpretation. Just look at the wide variety of success stories in recovery…so many different people, achieving meaningful sobriety in so many different ways! Don’t shy away or be afraid of this diversity, as it is cause to celebrate. This brings hope for the addict or alcoholic that thinks they will never fit in to a recovery program.

So back to the question: How do I live without drugs and alcohol?”

There is a great saying around the tables of AA: “Take what you need and leave the rest.” This is to be taken literally as sound advice. You have to find your own path in recovery. No one can show you the exact way, because so much of the journey is about introspection and finding out who you are and who you are supposed to be becoming (i.e. what God’s real work for you is).

Yes, you are on a journey, and you’re going to have to navigate at least some of it on your own. Others can help you with much of it, but in the end, you will find your own path. Everyone eventually finds their own path–this means that they can look back at their recovery “program” and say “yes, I can see now how I tailored these ideas to fit in to my life. And it worked for me!”

Good luck to everyone out there who is working a program of recovery. Don’t be afraid to find your own path.

If you know of someone who is seeking the path, please share this with them.


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Make No Mistake, Alcohol`s Demons Are Not Imaginary

Even for healthy people alcohol can have disastrous effects if they imbibe too heavily, especially if heavy drinking is a practice of long standing.

Alcohol is a toxic drug-toxic to the brain, the heart, the liver and the gastrointestinal tract. Here are some effects that have helped give ``demon rum`` its notoriety.

- Accidents-Alcohol is a factor in nearly half and perhaps as many as 80 percent of the nation`s traffic fatalities. Drunk driving is the direct cause of 44 percent of driver deaths and 36 percent of adult pedestrian fatalities. Alcohol also is an important contributor to home accidents, accounting for one-seventh to one-fifth of accidental deaths in the home.


The increased accident rate among drinkers is a result of alcohol`s effects on the brain, impairing reflex responses and muscular coordination, slowing reaction time and affecting judgment.

Even moderate drinking can diminish visual skills needed for safe driving. A study at the University of California showed that one or two drinks temporarily reduce the ability to identify and track moving objects, recover from glare and distinguish certain colors. The effects can last five or six hours after the last drink.


- Liver disease-The liver is the body`s sole agent for detoxifying alcohol and converting it to usable energy. More than 95 percent of alcohol consumed is metabolized by the liver; the remainder is excreted unchanged in breath, urine and sweat. The more you drink, the harder your liver has to work to clear your blood of this poison.

Alcohol ``demands`` that it be metabolized before the liver performs its normal duty of converting fatty acids to usable energy. A fatty liver

(accumulations of fat in the liver) can result. This condition is reversible by abstaining from drink. Alcoholic binges-spurts of heavy drinking-can precipitate a more serious inflammation of the liver called alcoholic hepatitis. And prolonged heavy drinking can lead to cirrhosis, a chronic and potentially fatal degeneration of the liver that also increases the risk of liver cancer. Persons with hepatitis or cirrhosis must avoid alcohol completely.


- Cancer-As with liver disease cancer is primarily a risk among those who drink heavily, especially if they also smoke cigarettes. Alcohol seems to act either as a co-factor in causing cancer or as a promoter of cancer growth that is initiated by some other factor. Compared to non-drinkers, those who consume a lot of alcohol are two to six times as likely to develop cancer of the mouth and throat, the exact level of risk depending on whether they also smoke. The combination of heavy drinking and heavy smoking increases the risk to 15 times that of non-drinkers and non-smokers.


A relationship also has been found between deaths from rectal cancer and the amount of beer consumed in studies in various states and nations. Beer and scotch whiskey, both made from malt, recently have been shown to contain a potent cancer-causing agent, N-nitrosodimethylamine , or NDMA. This nitrosamine has caused cancer in nearly every kind of laboratory animal tested so far.


- Fetal development-In the mid-1970s researchers at the University of Washington identified a pattern of growth abnormalities and birth defects common among babies of women who drank heavily during pregnancy. The researchers named it fetal alcohol syndrome. It is characterized by growth retardation before and after birth, small head size, a flattened, blank-looking face and poor small-muscle function. Heart malformations and mental retardation may also occur.

Following this discovery many doctors advised their pregnant patients to limit intake to at most two drinks a day. Some urge total abstinence throughout pregnancy, preferably starting when a woman first tries to conceive.


- Other bad effects-A heavy dose of alcohol can precipitate an attack of gout-painful deposits of uric acid in the joints-because it reduces the body`s ability to get rid of uric acid. The problem is corrected by abstinence.

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Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin


Alcohol is a more dangerous drug than both crack and heroin when the combined harms to the user and to others are assessed, British scientists said Monday.

Presenting a new scale of drug harm that rates the damage to users themselves and to wider society, the scientists rated alcohol the most harmful overall and almost three times as harmful as cocaine or tobacco.

According to the scale, devised by a group of scientists including Britain's Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (ISCD) and an expert adviser to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), heroin and crack cocaine rank as the second and third most harmful drugs.

Ecstasy is only an eighth as harmful as alcohol, according to the scientists' analysis.


Professor David Nutt, chairman of the ISCD, whose work was published in the Lancet medical journal, said the findings showed that "aggressively targeting alcohol harms is a valid and necessary public health strategy."

He said they also showed that current drug classification systems had little relation to the evidence of harm.

Alcohol and tobacco are legal for adults in Britain and many other countries, while drugs such as ecstasy and cannabis and LSD are often illegal and carry the threat of prison sentences.

"It is intriguing to note that the two legal drugs assessed -- alcohol and tobacco -- score in the upper segment of the ranking scale, indicating that legal drugs cause at least as much harm as do illegal substances," Nutt, who was formerly head of the influential British Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD), said in a statement about the study.


Nutt was forced to quit the ACMD a year ago after publicly criticizing ministers for ignoring scientific advice suggesting cannabis was less harmful than alcohol.

The World Health Organization estimates that risks linked to alcohol cause 2.5 million deaths a year from heart and liver disease, road accidents, suicides and cancer -- accounting for 3.8 percent of all deaths. It is the third leading risk factor for premature death and disabilities worldwide.

In an effort to offer a guide to policy makers in health, policing, and social care, Nutt's team rated drugs using a technique called multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) which assessed damage according to nine criteria on harm to the user and seven criteria on harm to others.


Harms to the user included things such as drug-specific or drug-related death, damage to health, drug dependence and loss of relationships, while harms to others included crime, environmental damage, family conflict, international damage, economic cost, and damage to community cohesion.

Drugs were then scored out of 100, with 100 given to the most harmful drug and zero indicating no harm at all.

The scientists found alcohol was most harmful, with a score of 72, followed by heroin with 55 and crack with 54.


Among some of the other drugs assessed were crystal meth (33), cocaine (27), tobacco (26), amphetamine or speed (23), cannabis (20), benzodiazepines, such as Valium (15), ketamine (15), methadone (14), mephedrone (13), ecstasy (9), anabolic steroids (9), LSD (7) and magic mushrooms

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Sober Living and the Rest of the World


For some recovering addicts, the hardest thing to do is live in the "real" world where friends and family continue to drink around them. With alcohol being such a prevalent part of society, they find it very difficult to maintain a sober living environment. From weddings and funerals to mandatory holiday work parties, sometimes it feels there isn't any other way around it.

One of the most effective ways to lessen the burden of tension is for the addict, especially those who are newly recovered, to just admit they will feel uncomfortable and awkward. This can take the edge off a bit. Holding on and burying the truth can create an intimidating social situation, so owning up to this feeling is a positive step, and over time these feelings become less.

By planning ahead, the addict can talk out what they plan to do. If not holding a drink in your hand is uncomfortable, plan to get a non-alcoholic beverage and bring it. By bringing flavored, sparkling water you might find that there are others like you in the crowd. You might even find another sober person, which can surely make the evening move quickly. Be sure to have a phone number of a supportive person, and also plan to stay only a specific amount of time, but do not feel bad if you need to leave sooner.

There will be times that other people will not take 'no' for an answer. This is about them, not about you. Their life experience makes it uncomfortable for people not to be drinking around them. If they do persist the recovering addict, you, can trying looking them in the eye and saying something like, "No, thanks. Taking it easy tonight," or, "I'm driving," or even "I've got two other parties later, and need to make them."

No one can make an addict drink, but the addict. There is nothing wrong with choosing to follow a sober living lifestyle.

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What Is Alcoholic Sober Living?


Alcoholic sober living environments are areas that allow those recovering from alcohol abuse and addiction to live with other recovering sufferers for a time.

Many residents of these sober environments for recovering alcoholics move on once they feel they have control of their addiction, often joining other support groups and assisting current residents and community members with the problems related to overcoming abuse. Each recovery center has its own community requirements that must be met in order to qualify for residency. For help finding a sober living environment in your area for yourself or a loved one, you can call 800-861-9454 or fill out our confidential and secure contact form.



“…can assist you with finding a nearby center that suits the needs of your loved one.”
Sober living residences are more common on the west coast of the United States, but the concept has spread across the nation as many have found the group setting and constant sober living ethic a great benefit for recovery. Larger cities may have many recovery environments tailored to those of a specific faith, socioeconomic or ethnic group. Smaller towns may only offer one or two living environments without regards to religion, race or creed. Many would-be residents may have to travel to a nearby major city to find an environment that best suits their needs, beliefs and desired methodologies for alcohol abuse and addiction recovery. Our help line service is familiar with the methods and requirements of many centers nationwide, and can assist you with finding a nearby center that suits the needs of your loved one.



The benefits of such environments are similar to those of shared counseling or group therapy sessions. Members living together rely upon one another for support in their desire to overcome previous abuse or current addiction problems, and they share experience and knowledge unique to the issues raised. Residents are likely to learn personal histories and be able to support one another more closely than weekly or monthly groups. Many centers also provide licensed assistants for regular therapy sessions or require attendance at meetings for organizations endorsed by the sober living center. Call our confidential support line at 800-861-9454 for more information on the benefits of sober residency. You can also fill out a quick contact form for more information on convincing your loved one to use these resources.



“The fear of meeting new people, who also suffer the problems of abuse and addiction, must be overcome in order to function well in a sober environment.”
Many would-be residents are off-put by the concept of living with those outside of their family and friends. The fear of meeting new people, who also suffer the problems of abuse and addiction, must be overcome in order to function well in a sober environment. Some will overcome this naturally as they meet current residents and receive assistance from others in the residency. Others may require counseling services beyond those offered by the sober environment before they’re willing and able to enter such a living situation. Each sober living environment has its own rules for residents. These rules may pose a barrier for some who are unwilling to live under stringent guidelines. The rules commonly require abstention from all forms of alcohol, attendance of local or national addiction management meetings and random drug testing. Some centers may also refuse members based on their inability to fit in with current residents, regardless of the reasons behind the poor fit.


Alcoholic Sober Living Programs

The programs employed by sober living centers tend to mirror those of national or local alcohol addiction and abuse recovery organizations. These include twelve-step programs, faith-based resolutions and ethnic peer reviews. Each center will use its own methodology developed and proven through observation of current or former residents and no specific universal method works for all people recovering from alcohol abuse. Those seeking residency in a sober environment may need to try multiple centers to find a group that best fits their needs.

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When You Don't Drink But Your Friends Do
How to stay sober in social situations where other people are drinking.
There's no graceful way out: Your best friend's getting married. Your boss says the holiday party is mandatory. Your mom expects you to play Santa on Christmas, like always. But now that you're sober, you're nervous about social functions where everyone will be drinking and expecting you to follow suit.

"You should be prepared for those feelings," says Donna Cornett, founder and director of the Drink/Link Moderate Drinking Program in Santa Rosa, Calif. "Before you get there, say, 'I am going to feel awkward.' That kind of takes the edge off of the anxiety and temptation."

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People have been brewing and fermenting alcoholic drinks since the dawn of civilization. Consumed in moderate amounts, alcoholic beverages are relaxing and in some cases may even have beneficial effects on heart health. Consumed in excess, alcohol is poisonous and is considered a drug. It is estimated that between 18 million -- or one in 12 adults -- in the U.S. abuse alcohol or are chronic alcoholics. Nearly 100,000 Americans die each year as a result of alcohol abuse, and alcohol is a factor in...

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Although it may seem intimidating to face a familiar social situation without the comforting familiarity of a cocktail in your hand, you can survive.

"Over time, some people get so comfortable with the situation, they don't even think about it anymore," says Mark Willenbring, MD, former director of the division of treatment and recovery research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. "They order a club soda with lime, and it doesn't bother them."

Try these tactics to get through those touchy situations with minimal worry and no alcohol.

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Alcohol and Diabetes:

Patients often ask whether they can drink alcohol. Most people with diabetes are aware of how different foods affect their blood glucose, but aren't sure if alcohol and diabetes is safe. The American Diabetes Association recommends that you ask yourself three basic questions:


  • Is your diabetes under control?

  • Check with your healthcare provider. Do you have health problems that alcohol can make worse, such as diabetic nerve damage or high blood pressure?

  • Do you know how alcohol can affect you and your diabetes?

Alcohol and your body

When you drink an alcoholic beverage, the alcohol moves quickly into the bloodstream without being metabolized in your stomach. Within five minutes of having a drink, there's enough alcohol in your bloodstream to measure. Alcohol is metabolized by the liver, and for the average person it takes approximately two hours to metabolize one drink. If you drink alcohol faster than your body metabolizes it, the excess alcohol moves through your bloodstream to other parts of your body, particularly your brain. If you've ever gotten a "buzz" when drinking alcohol, that's why.


If you're on insulin, or certain oral diabetes medications, such as a sulfonylurea (glipizide, glyburide) or meglitinide (Prandin) that stimulate the pancreas to produce more insulin, drinking alcohol can cause a dangerous low blood sugar because your liver has to work to remove the alcohol from your blood instead of its main job to regulate your blood sugar.

Safe drinking guidelines

  • Consult your physician and follow his/her advice — alcohol can worsen diabetes complications.

  • Monitor your blood sugar before, during, and after drinking alcohol. Remember to check before going to bed.

  • Never drink alcohol on an empty stomach — food slows down the absorption of alcohol into the blood stream.

  • Avoid binge drinking — The American Diabetes Association suggests men have no more than two drinks a day, and women one, the same guidelines as for those without diabetes.

  • Be prepared — Always carry along glucose tablets or another source of sugar. Glucagon shots will not work in this case.

  • Don't mix alcohol and exercise — physical activity and alcohol will increase your chances of getting a low blood sugar.

The symptoms of too much alcohol and low blood sugar can be very similar, i.e. sleepiness, dizziness, and disorientation. You don't want others to mistakenly confuse hypoglycemia for drunkenness.

Alcohol and diabetes is another reminder that it's always a good idea to wear a diabetes medical I.D.

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