Sobering Reminders of Meaningless Death

by The Discovering Alcoholic on November 24, 2009

Sobering Reminders of Meaningless Death at The Discovering Alcoholic

The picture above is only a small slice of an interactive map graphic the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel calls Sobering Reminders, just one part of the much bigger Wasted in Wisconsin reviewed on TDA earlier this month. The pictures each represent a victim of drunk driving for each county in Wisconsin, just a few of the over 1,600 who died from 2003 to 2007 in alcohol-related accidents. As I clicked on each of the pictures and read the recap of their expiration, I was struck by the utter meaningless method of their demise.

One died drunk driving with a learner’s permit. A guy ran over his girlfriend. A young man was thrown from the back of a truck. A young married couple was plowed into from behind- both dead. No one died serving their country, pursuing a loved hobby or life-long career, in service of others or finally dragged down after a prolonged health battle… nope, they all died because of a silly beverage.

A meaningless death by insignificant means, but to loved ones left behind the tragedy is great, the pain is substantial, and the loss is all too memorable.

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1 Abel Pharmboy November 27, 2009 at 11:39 am

Your post reminded me of a case in our neck of the woods back in September where a successful and well-regarded plastic surgeon associated with the University of North Carolina drove drunk at 85 mph into the back of a car driven by 20-year-old Carolina Ballet dancer, Elena Shapiro, killing her. He has been charged with second-degree murder.

The story, covered here on The Huffington Post, also features a video story from The Today Show and interview with her fellow dancers.

Dr. Cook and Ms. Shapiro should be living happy, successful, and fulfilling lives but alcohol brought horror and pain to both and their families.


2 The Discovering Alcoholic November 28, 2009 at 8:39 am

A night of drinking on one side of the scale and on the other a life extinguished, a career destroyed, and a family ruined… our society shouldn’t but does somehow think the rewards of alcohol somehow balance out the misery.


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