Accidents Happen… Except When You’re Drunk

August 27, 2010

Hat tip to long time TDA friend Zentient for the heads up on this story. As you can see by the attitude of the newscasters in this video, repeat DUI offender Kristy Nelson will receive no forgiveness in the court of public opinion or from the judge who has revoked her bail for this bizarre […]

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Stovall Punished for Breaking the Law- Not for Alcoholism

August 15, 2010

Even though the judge is the final arbiter in this case and has given Bobby Joe Stovall life in prison for his 9th DUI, there still remains a lively public debate on both the sentencing and the circumstances of the crime. Across the internet the comments range from those using alcoholism as an excuse for […]

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The Half Baked Insanity of the Alcoholic

July 2, 2010

It’s stories like this (and a few of my own) that to me serve as stark reminders of the mental disease portion of alcoholism. Sheriff’s deputies responded to a call about a woman suspiciously slumped over the steering wheel in a white car parked in front of Arlington Middle School. Kelly Moss, 48, was in […]

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Letters from Hell – Part 6

June 4, 2010

I want to thank Screedler for posting these Letters From Hell. This is a weekly feature that I always promote to the front page, some of the language may be disturbing but I think it is important that the text remains unedited the way it was originally written from jail.

Welcome to part 6 of Letters from Hell. This is the shortest letter in the series, but brings back some of the worst memories of my time in jail. If ever I need a reason to stay sober; I just have to think back on this. Click here to read all the prior installments of the series.

May 29, 2006

Dear Paul,

Warning – do not let Nan read this letter. I am so filled with hate and anger I am barely able to write this letter. My last letter cost me 17 items. That is how much they stole from me as I wrote Dad and Sarah a letter yesterday morning. It was the only time I had ventured outside my cell since we got store Saturday morning. I had gone down to the common area so I could have a table to write on. I was down for about an hour and a half. When I came back, I had been robbed.

I know it’s only $20 worth of stuff but it is the only thing you have got in here. It’s not only the fact that I was stolen from and do not have the things that make it the least bit more bearable in here; but there is also the shame that you have allowed yourself to be taken advantage of. A feeling that you are weak.

I was so mad last night that I became physically ill with a stomach ache and the worst headache I have ever had. Worse than any hangover I have ever had.

My head pounded. I could only think thoughts of hate.

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Letters from Hell

Letters from Hell – Part 1

May 25, 2010

This is a special treat, I want to thank Screedler for posting these Letters From Hell. This will be a weekly feature that I always promote to the front page. Please stayed tuned for part two, its a doozy!

Letters from Hell
Part 1

As you may already know from my past postings, I spent 76 days in a county jail last year due to my addiction and actions. This is where I became sober; this is what finally gave me my longest period of sobriety in 30 years. Recently my family gave me a treasure trove of artifacts from my stay in jail – many letters that I wrote them during my incarceration. After speaking with TDA he asked me to share these letters with you and I will as a reminder of what I’ve been through because of drinking, a warning to those who are still drinking and what awaits them if they go down the path I and so many alcoholics have, and as a way of putting these letters to rest (maybe I’ll burn them after 5; no 10 years of sobriety), they are not something I would share with anybody without the protection of anonymity.

The following is the content of the first letter I sent, 10 days into my jail experience – I have only changed the names to protect the innocent (and not so innocent – including me):

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6 People Survive 700 ft Plunge: What is Missing from This Story?

April 6, 2010

I ran across this story today about the miraculous survival of all six passengers of a vehicle that plunged 700 ft off a cliff. Five men and one woman miraculously survived a terrifying plunge when their all-terrain vehicle plummeted over a Massachusetts cliff in total darkness — sending some of them tumbling as far as […]

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Update: Teaching Kids to Drink Responsibly in Wisconsin

January 18, 2010

Jan 2010: Julia was sentenced to 6 months in jail and two years probation for her drunken antics described in the post below from Ocyober 2009. I can only hope for the best, but I fear with this type of upbringing her children have already been sentenced to hard time(s). Julia E. Laack of Sheboygan, […]

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Collateral Damage: More Than Alcohol Abused

January 14, 2010

I took down the embedded video because it would autoplay, to see the news clip with accident footage follow this link. A teenage girl and her niece were run down in Los Angeles this week by a hit and run driver who fled the scene. The occurrence itself is not that uncommon with drivers continuing […]

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What is a DUI Worth?

January 10, 2010

Hockey veteran star Chris Chelios was arrested for a DUI charge in Illinois recently. No one was hurt and not being a hockey fan this story would not normally made it into a TDA post, but the way I found out about it brought up an interesting train of thought. The Chelios story popped up […]

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The Perfect DUI Storm

January 7, 2010

The couple inches of snow predicted never materialized. What we got however was much worse… freezing rain and ice. In the South, when it snows people are scared to get out on the highways and for the most part limit their driving, but now thinking they have avoided the winter storm people are out in […]

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Galluccio is no Kennedy

January 6, 2010

They both served in the Senate for Massachusetts; Edward Kennedy was the ever present Liberal Lion of the US Senate until his death last year and Anthony D. Galluccio was a state senator who resigned this week. They both had significant issues with alcohol abuse. They both put their careers ahead of the people they […]

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Case #87: The Drunk School Bus Driver

January 4, 2010

55-year-old Martha Thompson came to court to learn her fate for driving a school bus with a .15 blood alcohol content last May while 37 children were on board the bus. This is surveillance video from that ride in the Alfred Almond School District in Allegany County. ~ WIVB It is estimated that only 1 […]

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Alcoholism and the American Disabilities Act

December 29, 2009

Police Sergeant Brad Thoma is suing the city of Spokane for $4 million after being fired over a hit and run drunk driving incident he had while off duty. Thoma and his lawyer are accusing the city of wrongly firing him because of he is an alcoholic, a condition covered by the American Disabilities Act […]

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Wizzing in Wisconsin

December 9, 2009

I’ve posted many stories on Wisconsin’s miserable reputation for binge drinking and incapacitated driving, also highlighted the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s (MJS) truly excellent series, Wasted in Wisconsin, that documents the culture of alcohol and the pain and misery it has exacted upon the state. So alcohol abuse related news coming from the Badger state has […]

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Secondhand Drinking

December 6, 2009

My good friend Lisa Frederiksen, a gifted author and fabulous speaker, will be speaking at Ft. Irwin CA this week on the dangers of secondhand drinking. I want to give them something more than the usual “Don’t drink and drive” message. So I’ve decided to focus on secondhand drinking, a term used to describe the […]

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