July 20, 2010
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I grew up hearing the horror stories of heroin and PCP. Let’s face it; most kids aren’t turned on by the thought of anything that involves a hypodermic needle. And PCP, well too many cop shows had already made sure that I wasn’t interested in base jumping without a parachute. Alcohol on the other hand, was a whole different story. Take Bluto, in a “college” sweatshirt draining a bottle of Jack Daniels in Animal House or crushing a beer can on his forehead, now that was just plain cool.
This acceptance of the dangers of alcohol when compared to “hard” drugs is analogous to the fear of flying. The odds of being killed in the air are 1 in 11 million, but the chance of being killed in an automobile accident is a very probable 1 out of every 5000. Now I consider both equally dangerous, but our society’s acceptance of alcohol as a benign substance in moderation as compared to the taboo reputation of drugs is just plain illogical.
I grew up in the small town South, where alcohol was considered a rite of passage and drugs were big city evils. Of course once I got into my teens marijuana became just as accepted as drinking, but the hard drugs were still “scary”. Even after I was an accomplished alcoholic and prescription drug abuser I still had an aversion to cocaine and heroin. Sure I sampled almost everything being drunk enough that I had lost my fears and inhibitions, but never once did I try intravenous injections.
My fear of flying high didn’t save me though; my alcoholism took me to that same rock bottom destination.
April 22, 2010
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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. For anyone working to reduce underage drinking, one of the keys to helping coalitions, parents, and young people […]