In the TDA Alphabet Primer, D is for drunk. The term itself can be used in many ways. As a verb, it can be used as the past tense of drink. Not a bad thing for me since drinking is certainly a thing of my past that has no role in my present or future. As an adjective, it could mean physically and mentally impaired because of alcohol intoxication. Place drunk behind boy, teenager, and then man- I was certainly all three; not something I am proud of but it could be construed as a temporary reference since most everyone has experimented with alcohol as a child, drank too much in high school, and learned how to really tie one on in college and/or the military. Drunk could also be used as a noun, a more permanent description that really stings for me because it is still hard to think of myself as a drunkard, sot, or just plain alky. It has nothing to do with embarrassment today, in fact just the opposite because my recovery from alcoholism is a source of great pride and confidence.
Drunk used in this manner is a painful memory, a visceral feeling of complete powerlessness. D is for the drunk that experienced the shakes and the shame, anxiety attacks and bleeding ulcers, and the inability to accomplish basic tasks or maintain minimal social contact- I was a slave. I am pleased to say that my drinking days are behind me, proud to be a recovering alcoholic but for the TDA Alphabet Primer, D is for the drunk that is an emotionally brutal reminder of my past life in servitude.