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Snake1994
Snakebite!
04:36 PM on 02/03/2012
Come on man! you can't even go out for a couple of drinks anymore. you'll either end up in jail,or you 'll have to repent to the world the next day. It's ridiculous.
tino2892
In the beginning was the Word
04:30 PM on 02/03/2012
Stay strong brother in Christ!
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VTL
04:25 PM on 02/03/2012
It's tough to stop.
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Mister President
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04:17 PM on 02/03/2012
I personally believe that a lot of people like this need to learn to drink in moderation rather than never touching the stuff and then having everyone flip out when they inevitably break down and have some drinks. If he decided to start drinking a glass of red wine every day for the health benefits that wouldn't necessarily mean that he's going to end up all strung out in the gutter by the end of the month.
04:52 PM on 02/03/2012
I know you mean well and I know it's tough to understand what it's like for an alcoholic when you aren't one, but an alcoholic simply doesn't stop at one. They are wired differently . While an alcoholic may be able to have one drink for a short time, it would soon lead to more and more. Until it would, eventually, get out-of-control. They need to stay away from the first drink, to avoid the many that come after that. Some heavy drinkers who aren't alcoholics could very well be able to moderate.
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ultrabop
when bop isn't enough
08:53 PM on 02/03/2012
I think it's more a case of there being all sorts of different levels of alcoholism, and some of it is mental and some physical. Each individual has a different mode for working with it. The problem with saying you'll never drink again is that you suddenly doom yourself hypothetically to a life of no fun. It's actually more fun not to drink, (for an alcoholic--they have control of their lives), but something is missing. The idea that you are not allowed freedom to do as you please is devastating. So it's probably a good thing to relapse on occasion just to give oneself the pleasure of knowing that freedom is not lost.
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Winthorpe
Need a fourth for squash
09:03 PM on 02/03/2012
Bingo. I was going to write something like this, but I couldn't have done so well.

AA does some harm as well as good, I think. I've been to some meetings -- for research, really! -- and they place way too much pressure on them to have zero drinks every day, again, IMO.
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akrazyrunner
Be bold, courageous.Americans are counting on you
04:02 PM on 02/03/2012
I wish him the best, but in reality if he admitted to three or four the number is more likely higher. He needs to get well and baseball should be an afterthought at this point in time
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VTL
04:25 PM on 02/03/2012
What difference does the number matter?
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JimmytheDoor
in search of peaceful solutions
06:40 PM on 02/03/2012
Any recovering alcoholic will tell you " one drink is too many and a hundred aint enough "
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ultrabop
when bop isn't enough
08:55 PM on 02/03/2012
Baseball needs to be on the front burner. Dwelling on the fact that you can't drink alcohol is not a way to recover.
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akrazyrunner
Be bold, courageous.Americans are counting on you
02:19 AM on 02/04/2012
"Baseball needs to be on the front burner."
Nope, his health has to be first and foremost

"Dwelling on the fact that you can't drink alcohol is not a way to recover."
Nope again, not changing the pattern that led him to where he has to admit to drinking is not the way to recover. He is troubled, he needs to focus on him and nothing else.
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jl4141
The Eighth Deadly Sin
03:51 PM on 02/03/2012
My advice to you is to stop drinking heavily.
03:15 PM on 02/03/2012
Alcoholism and drug addiction are brutal...I wish Mr. Hamilton the best.
Allthosewhowander
My micro-bio is a microclimate
06:09 PM on 02/03/2012
Alcoholism is drug addiction.
07:31 PM on 02/03/2012
Alcoholism and drug addiction are always mentioned separately. I'm well aware that alcohol is a drug, thanks.
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VA Jill
I'm not perfect and neither are you
02:57 PM on 02/03/2012
Alcoholism is a disease. Anyone can have a relaps, or as it's called in 12 step groups, a slip. Leave the guy alone, for heaven's sake.
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tippisheadrun
Get 2 birds stoned at once
03:45 PM on 02/03/2012
Tell me what other disease you can make the choice about having? Polio? M.S.? Leukemia?

It isn't a disease - its a lack of willpower and a lot of excuses. Put the bottle down & the "disease" disappears.
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VA Jill
I'm not perfect and neither are you
04:06 PM on 02/03/2012
Fat lot you know. Until you have lived with this disease in someone you love, you are clueless. I hope it never happens to you or anyone you love.
04:54 PM on 02/03/2012
Alcoholism is, by definition, a disease - chronic, fatal and progressive. No one chooses to be an alcoholic. I think I'll err on the side of the American Medical Association, which deems it as a disease. Unless, of course, you are an MD, PhD or researcher who has new data to share?