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I'm Not an Alcoholic... am I?

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I'm Not an Alcoholic... am I?

I am Not an Alcoholic, I Just Like to Have A Few Drinks with Friends How many times have you said that? If you have said it at all, you must be thinking that you may have a problem. In fact, if you are reading this, you must be considering the fact that you may be an alcoholic. It is quite common, in fact, one in every 12 adults in the United States have some form of alcohol dependence. That is over 17 million people. There is so much advertising about having fun with your friends while drinking at a...

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Raven: My First Meeting

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Raven: My First Meeting

December 21st 2011. This was the beginning of a new way of life. It was a cold Tuesday evening and I was sick because I hadn't had a drink. I walked into my first Alcoholics Anonymous meeting and I was greeted by a very tall lanky woman with a big smile. She extended her hand to me and said, "Welcome, I'm glad you're here!” I thought to myself, “Is this woman crazy? Does she know who I am? What I've done?” And then she guided me to my seat. After I sat down I listened to everyone introduce themselves as alcoholics. “How did I...

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Art, Life, and Sobriety

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Art, Life, and Sobriety

We all come to terms with our sobriety in different ways. Mine begins with a feckless artist being murdered on the beach and ends with the archetypal be-heading of a biblical monster. Caravaggio is just another name in some cold museum. He died at 39 in 1610 –maybe murdered – and he had spent his last few years on the run from a murder charge. But that was not what drew me to him – nor the fact that I retraced his footsteps through Southern Italy for two gloriously drunken weeks back in 2006.   What drew me to him...

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Wet Universities & Dry Students; "Sober as Deviant"

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Wet Universities & Dry Students; "Sober as Deviant"

As many young adults prepare to go away to college and embrace the festivities of their life, some choose to stay sober.  A majority of college/University campuses have acclimated to the saga of binge drinking, promiscuous sex, and blackouts.   According to the article “Sober as Deviant: The Stigma of Sobriety and How Some College Students ‘Stay Dry’ on a ‘Wet’ Campus (Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 2013)” by Nancy J Herman-Kinney and David A. Kinney it's expressed in the abstract there are certain types of labels and stigmatizations that come with ‘sober as deviant.’  Kinney and Kinney go on to state...

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Why is a Sober Wife is the Best Wife? My husband tells all…

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Why is a Sober Wife is the Best Wife? My husband tells all…

THE START OF MY RELATIONSHIP (not so sober… yet): Today, I’m a Sober Wifey. My name is Brittany and my husband is Zach! When Zach and I crossed paths I wasn’t a wife and I was anything but sober. The more he got to know me the harder it was to hide the way that ...

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