I noticed over the holidays how in THE DARK KNIGHT, after his fundraiser speech, Bruce Wayne tosses his champagne glass’s contents over the outdoor railing. Many people can have and be great fun when drunk; on the other hand, many people are alcoholics. I have had several alcoholics in my family, on both sides.  Some …
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Alcohol: The Devil’s Semen

I noticed over the holidays how in THE DARK KNIGHT, after his fundraiser speech, Bruce Wayne tosses his champagne glass’s contents over the outdoor railing.

Many people can have and be great fun when drunk; on the other hand, many people are alcoholics.

I have had several alcoholics in my family, on both sides.  Some are harmless and giggly, while others are dark-tempered and abusive. 

We’ve been battling alcoholism for generations; we haven’t beaten it yet.  Maybe we need to work on removing stigma and shame from alcoholism.  Some people, thru no fault of their own, can’t handle liquor and yet return to it again and again, to worse and worse effect.  When we tell people that we worry they may have a problem, they generally will react defensively, and we can end up even further behind than we were at Square One.  No doctor or professional myself, I wonder if alcoholics need love and support, and I wonder if we treated alcoholism as an opportunity to bestow love and support, we might get better results. 

The worst part of alcoholism is the children of alcoholics (to be clear here, I never saw and have never seen either of my parents drunk or even tipsy).  It’s not the alcoholics I’m most concerned with, but their children (as well as their saddened parents and friends).

One relative of mine won’t go to AA “because it is religious”.  Last night, I discovered a secular alternative to AA, called SMART (Self-Management And Recovery Training).  It hasn’t yet expanded into his precise, rural locale; the nearest meeting is an hour and forty minute drive away.

AA is great for those who like it, and SMART is great for those who have it.  Public health includes mental health, and we must invest more in affordable, accessible mental health services for all.

Recently a friend and I were involved in a conversation about addiction and how the addicted person must want help, usually when they hit rock bottom.  “The only trouble,” my friend added, “is that there is no rock bottom.  Rock bottom is dead, and then it’s too late.”