Is The Alcohol Message All Wrong?
And if you want examples of bizarre beliefs and weird customs, you need look no further than our attitude to drinking and our drinking habits. Pick up any newspaper and you will read that we are a nation of loutish binge-drinkers – that we drink too much, too young, too fast – and that it makes us violent, promiscuous, anti-social and generally obnoxious.
Clearly, we Brits do have a bit of a problem with alcohol, but why?
The problem is that we Brits believe that alcohol has magical powers – that it causes us to shed our inhibitions and become aggressive, promiscuous, disorderly and even violent.
But we are wrong.
In high doses, alcohol impairs our reaction times, muscle control, co-ordination, short-term memory, perceptual field, cognitive abilities and ability to speak clearly. But it does not cause us selectively to break specific social rules. It does not cause us to say, “Oi, what you lookin’ at?” and start punching each other. Nor does it cause us to say, “Hey babe, fancy a shag?” and start groping each other.
The effects of alcohol on behaviour are determined by cultural rules and norms, not by the chemical actions of ethanol.
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How did you find yourself in AA? Why did you stay?
Richard Dreyfuss delivered the keynote address for the Oklahoma Outreach Foundation, where he offered up a some of the standard Sobriety Woo, but ended his speech with this grand heresy, which I dedicate to the new incarnation of JD:
Expressing a desire that his keynote would make the audience think, Dreyfuss encouraged recent graduates of Mission Academy to reach beyond sobriety.
“Remember, sobriety is a fabulous goal, but is it better to be a sober wife beater than a man who drinks occasionally and loves his family?” he said. “You have (graduated from) a sober high school, I commend you. I truly commend you. But as you grow up, you’ll find that what also counts is good acts and moral behavior and being kind and patient and being a loving parent and husband.”
I guess I just never got drunk enough to molest a kid.
Man gets jail for alcohol-induced sex abuse
PROVO — According to his lawyer, Jason Ririe Smith’s legal troubles all came from a bottle.
“What I have here is a man who is destroying his life with alcohol,” attorney Robert Miner said during a sentencing hearing Thursday.
Miner described the Springville man’s troubles with booze while pleading with the court for a light jail sentence. Smith, 42, was arrested in April for sexually abusing a teenage girl who was visiting his home. According to a police affidavit, Smith initially denied the abuse but acknowledged that he had been drinking. The affidavit states that he eventually admitted to touching the girl.
Miner acknowledged during Thursday’s hearing that the deal was an unusually lenient one, but said that he believed there were reasons it had been offered to Smith. Miner said that the victim was not suffering extreme emotional distress as a result of the abuse. Smith also was working very hard to curb his alcohol problems.
“I don’t know that there’s a day he doesn’t go to AA,” Miner said, referring to the Alcoholics Anonymous program.
AA’s “Too Young?” pamphlet.
Bail for Assisted Suicide Suspect
A man who allegedly took part in a heroin suicide pact and helped his girlfriend die of a drug overdose has been granted bail.
John Christopher Walmsley, 33, faces charges of aiding and abetting suicide and supplying a drug of dependence. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Police allege Walmsley and his 25-year-old girlfriend formed a pact to kill themselves in late December last year.
Walmsley allegedly bought six doses of heroin, each weighing about 0.25g, and the couple injected themselves with the drug.
The woman died, leaving behind a young daughter, but Walmsley survived and has been in custody since his arrest in April.
The ACT Supreme Court heard yesterday Walmsley’s girlfriend had not been a drug addict but had been abusing alcohol when she met the man at Alcoholics Anonymous.
Read the rest… The fact that the man had no business in AA to begin with will come as no surprise to anyone.
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“A Shiny Failure, Reborn as a Rehab Center”
With buffed hardwood floors, a fireplace in the living room, marble in the bathrooms and Silestone in the kitchen, the 2,200-square-foot, full-floor apartment on West Broadway looks exactly like the luxury condo it was meant to be. The furniture is plush and neutral, original artwork hangs on the walls, there is a Wii console hooked up to the flat-screen television and, when the sights of TriBeCa’s bustle from the second-floor windows are not enough, there is a planted, furnished roof deck upstairs, with views stretching from the Empire State Building to ground zero.
The project, called TriBeCa Twelve, is a collaboration between Hazelden, the Minnesota-based network of rehabilitation centers, and the Columbia University psychiatry department, and it represents an unusual resolution for a high-gloss condo development that went belly up.
The apartments did not go to buyers at fire-sale prices or to a new developer, nor did they simply stand vacant until the economy rebounded. Instead, the project is becoming a sober residence that combines a clinic and treatment programs solely for a college population.
Hazelden looked at about 35 properties in New York, said Ann Bray, vice president for strategic initiatives, and purchased the building for just under $8.3 million last year, according to property records.
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And read the follow-up, in which the NYT asks:
Have you or has someone you know been in rehab or a similar situation and found the temptations of city life hard to resist? Or do you think that treatment centers need not be remote to be effective? Please share your thoughts and experiences.
Related: Hazelden to Create a Generation of Replacement Addicts
h/t Stanton Peele
So, these jerks own a property upon which an apartment building burned down. Since, they have refused to clean the mess, and now everyone in town has been using this lot as a dumping ground:
Surprisingly, this mess has absolutely nothing to do with AA or Recovery Landlords. However, there is a sober living facility next door. When they interviewed the manager of this facility, she refused to divulge her full name:
The lot is next to a recently spiffed-up apartment complex that offers affordable housing to recovering alcohol and drug abusers. They can live there, at low rent, only if they remain clean and sober.
Janet, an Alcoholics Anonymous member who wants to retain her anonymity by using only her first name, manages the complex. She sees another new exhibit next door every day. Pickup trucks back up to the pile and leave behind behind sofas, mattresses, appliances and often bags full of trash. Someone tagged one of the sofas.
One day, she noticed a big-screen TV “with the remote sitting on top.” She’s seen people burrow beneath the rubble to the subfloor foundation and use a cutting torch to steal copper and other metals. When workers came in to put a new roof on a neighboring complex, they dumped the old roof remnants onto the pile, she said.
Psst, Janet, now everyone who reads the Modesto Bee knows you’re an AA member.
New Efforts to Crack Down on Residential Programs for Troubled Teens
The first legislation aimed at regulating residential programs for troubled teens was introduced on Thursday in the House and the Senate. The bill would crack down on hundreds of programs housing thousands of teens, many of which use punishing “tough love” regimes found to include physical, sexual and emotional abuse.
The Stop Child Abuse in Residential Programs for Teens Act of 2011 was sponsored in the House by Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and in the Senate by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa). A previous version of the bill passed the House twice, but was never introduced in the Senate (at the time, the relevant Senate committee was focused on President Obama’s health care legislation).
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