Alcoholic Thinking

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Human Guinea Pigs Test The Legal Limit

November 10, 2015

I neither condone nor condemn their methods. Not exactly scientific, but certainly real world.

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“Going to Jail for DUI” Holodeck

November 6, 2015

It may not be as grand a technological achievement as Star Trek’s often used Holodeck; but a bar in Utah did a great job of reminding it’s patron’s that driving under the influence has serious consequences this last Halloween, by turning its bathroom into a faux jail cell. SkySLC in Salt Lake City partnered with […]

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TDA Halloween Challenge

October 31, 2015

This creepy 35 second Hanna Barbera anti-drug PSA has the best catchphrase ever at the end. Happy Halloween!!!

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Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety (DADSS)

October 27, 2015

Every year in the U.S., drunk driving claims more than 10,000 lives and costs approximately $199 billion. Move over MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving), there’s a new deterrent to driving while impaired with an easy to remember acronym: DADSS. The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety, or DADSS, program is a collaborative research partnership between […]

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The Verdict Is In

October 23, 2015

No alcohol during pregnancy — ever.  That’s the word from U.S. pediatricians. The American Academy of Pediatrics has put out a clear message: Don’t do it.  Ever.  At all.  Not even a tiny bit. No amount of alcohol should be considered safe to drink during any trimester of pregnancy. The group released a report Monday […]

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The Saturation Patrol Problem

October 10, 2015

Did you know that it is illegal for law enforcement to have sobriety checkpoints in Wisconsin? That is just the tip of the insanity iceberg when it comes to Wisconsin’s lenient laws on drinking and driving.

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A Kennedy Comes Out

October 6, 2015

One of the most interesting and worthwhile interviews about addiction I have seen on 60 Minutes in some time. One time congressman and son of Ted Kennedy, Patrick opens up about how his problem and our problem are really the whole nation’s problem. Patrick Kennedy on 60 Minutes. View More: Newsmakers News|60 Minutes News|Live News|More […]

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September 28, 2015

Maybe I should have saved this one for Halloween. Posted in 2012, it has over 6 million views and most of the 2000 comments go something like these: and the rest are similar –

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Nathaniel & The Night Sweats

September 9, 2015

Have you ever experienced night sweats while trying to get clean.  Did your hands shake?  What about feeling that bugs were crawling all over you?  Has your drinking ever led to some jail time? A strong contender for Best Music Video of the Year.   From Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats press kit: The place where […]

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Secondhand Alcohol Harm

August 31, 2015

I often see PSA’s on the damage caused by alcohol to the user; this one is about its effect on others. IAS – Alcohol’s Harm to Others from The Institute of Alcohol Studies on Vimeo. The numbers here in America are much larger. Our friend Lisa, over at Breaking The Cycles has a great post […]

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The Downfall of Palcohol

August 27, 2015

We here at TDA have already given Palcohol a big thumbs down and predicted it’s doom, and now it seems most of our states are following suit.  Last week Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation Friday that bans the sale of powdered alcohol, known as Palcohol, across the state.  The governor and supporters say the powdered […]

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Under The Influence

August 24, 2015

Elle King’s follow up to her massive hit Ex’s & Oh’s, Under the Influence is probably about love, but then again a lot of people love alcohol and drugs.  She is the daughter of actor and comedian Rob Schneider, aka Deuce Bigalow, Male Gigolo.

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The Voice of AlcoHALism

October 1, 2009

Another AlcoHALism at The Discovering Alcoholic

I was recently asked in a recovery meeting if I still experienced craving for alcohol after 14 years of sobriety. It’s a harder question than it appears on the surface, because while I don’t experience the gut wrenching physical pangs or the riptide desire for escapism of my early recovery… there is still that calm, seductive voice of my alcoholic thinking that might whisper as a tray of drinks passes. “What could it hurt?” The voice sort of reminds me of the demented computer HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey that talks so smoothly even while trying to murder its own crew. Once HAL ‘s actions are discovered, even his excuse and rationalizations seem eerily familiar to what an alcoholic would say.

Look Dave, I can see you’re really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over… I know I’ve made some very poor decisions recently, but I can give you my complete assurance that my work will be back to normal.

These days I recognize alcoholic thinking, let’s call the voice an alcoHALism, as the source of these irrational suggestions. For the most part I don’t have much problem avoiding the danger, but unlike Dave Bowman I cannot fully shut down my nemesis. It seems I will be forever faced with that voice in the back of my head that has a primary directive (to drink)- that it intends to carry out even if it kills me in the process.

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Wishful Thinking…

March 26, 2009

Thank you author and speaker Lisa Frederiksen of Breaking the Cycles for this regular series sharing her decades long experience of dealing with family alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Click here to see the rest of the series.

Breaking the Cycles at The Discovering Alcoholic

“The only reason I got a DUI was because I was talking on my cell phone.”

“I know we agreed I wouldn’t drink, but I’m going to have to drink at this party, otherwise everyone will think something’s wrong.”

These are the kinds of explanations that make perfect sense to an individual engaged in active alcohol abuse or addiction. In the first one, there is no consideration given to the fact that alcohol must have been present in their bloodstream; otherwise there’d have been no DUI. And, in the second one…well…

But it’s this kind of wishful thinking that slowly drives the family members of a person who has a problem with drinking to adapt and mold and convolute their thinking in order to somehow make this kind of logic make sense or worse, to become consumed with the insanity of arguing the inarguable. Someone who “thinks” this way (like those of the people making the opening statements) cannot be reasoned with, nor are they about to change their reasoning skills just because you yell or argue or point out just how stupid they sound. And, the fallout for those who try is that they often start trying to control other lives (e.g., their children’s) or double their efforts to control the drinking (e.g., making sure everything is done to perfection so there is nothing that can be criticized or used as a reason to drink), and in the process, they lose sight of themselves.

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