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Thursday, April 16, 1987
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commercials" pamphlets md tes
timony from people who have been
addicted to ethyl alcohol, i ; ' ; i-.i
And what good does it do? Most of :
us drink sometimes profusely.
We puke, pass out and have wicked
hangovers. It seems to be just a part
of a college student's life. On any
weekend, at almost any party or bar,
finding a drunk student is a simple
task. So who are we kidding?
I will not preach. I cannot cast
the first stone, because I'm no bet
ter than anyone else. I too have been
drunk on occasion. In that light,
trying not to sound like a fanatical
hypocrite, a number of bone-white
alcohol truths must now take center
Ethyl alcohol is a psychoactive
drug it affects the nervous
system. In terms of physical
addiction, alcohol stands in line
with cocaine, heroin, caffeine and
nicotine. Don't be blinded by the
fact that alcohol is a socialized
drug, an "undrug" of sorts. Many
aspects of alcohol and alcohol
dependency make heroin addiction
"Alcohol withdrawal is worse than
heroin withdrawal," said Rex Thomp
son, executive director of Corn
husker Place, Inc., a detoxification
and rehabilitation center. Heroin
addicts in withdrawal, he said,
experience "the shakes" and nau
sea. Alcoholics in withdrawal, how
ever, experience delirium tremens,
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i And alcoholism can lead to death;
a inthe csseof The.Who's drummer?
Keith. Moon. Moon's deathwas' re-1,
called by another alcoholic, Graham
Chapman, of Monty Python fame: ,-
"I remember that Keith was very
pleased that I was no longer drink
ing. In that last year, in fact, he had
withdrawn and had not been drink
ing for about six months. Then he
went out one night and saw a movie,
the first screening in England of
'The Last Waltz.' I wasn't there. He
found himself a bottle of brandy
that evening. An old friend turned
up in the audience. He started
drinking ... he felt guilty about
that, I suspect. He went home and
took a handful of pills that he had
for preventing withdrawal symptoms,
which was a very bad mixture with
the alcohol. Those pills and the
alcohol did it. He was dead."
from "The Courage to Change"
Chapman wrote horrific accounts
similar to this one about his own
ore testimony, more tears,
more beer and scotch. What
can we do? Different coun
tries synthesize different alcohol
policies. The anti-alcohol campaigns
continue to scream. The City Coun
cil denies Duds and Suds a liquor
license. And people still fall down
and pray to the porcelain idol. No
sneering intended, alcohol has been
around roughly 10,000 years; it's not
going to disappear.
"I don't think alcohol will be
done away with," Gene, a member of
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cannot handle their drink." if
. will become an alcoholic.TBut AA is
there for people who feel they have a
drinking problem and honestly want
to quit. :
rinking problem? Me? I
don't have a drinking
-problem. ; , ; , ;
What demon beast in the human
mind evokes that type of response
from a person who knows he has a
problem? Though "problem" seems
an understatement. When does
"problem" ceaseto apply and "cri
sis" seem more appropriate? Nearly
10 million Americans are alcohol
ics. In highway deaths alone, more
people have been killed in alcohol
related deaths than the combined
total of all the wars in American
history . . . problem or crisis?
Prohibition didn't work. The latest
"Stop the Madness" scare tactics
may only be effective on a short
term basis. In the end, people will
continue to consume and purchase,
in one form or another, ethyl alcohol.
A realization by those who have
alcohol problems is of the essence.
Alcohol dependency can be hidden
for years. The antagonists of alcohol
could destroy every ounce, and in a
month, those who desire it would
have produced enough alcohol to
maintain their desire indefinitely.
Wise up, fellow drinkers. The
"I'm not an alcoholic, but I play one
at the bars" ideology doesn't mean
shit when you're choking on your
own vomit in the detox ward.
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