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Formed in the summer of 2009 to read David Foster Wallace's masterwork "Infinite Jest".
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 Post subject: "My Name is Roger, and I'm an alcoholic"
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:31 am 
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Thought this would be interesting to IJ readers...

http://blogs.suntimes.com/ebert/2009/08 ... n_alc.html

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The problem with using will power, for me, was that it lasted only until my will persuaded me I could take another drink. At about this time I was reading The Art of Eating, by M. F. K. Fisher, who wrote: "One martini is just right. Two martinis are too many. Three martinis are never enough." The problem with making resolutions is that you're sober when you make the first one, have had a drink when you make the second one, and so on. I've also heard, You take the first drink. The second drink takes itself.That was my problem. I found it difficult, once I started, to stop after one or two. If I could, I would continue until I decided I was finished, which was usually some hours later. The next day I paid the price in hangovers.

I've known two heavy drinkers who claimed they never had hangovers. I didn't believe them. Without hangovers, it is possible that I would still be drinking. Unemployed, unmarried, but still drinking--or, more likely, dead. Most alcoholics continue to drink as long as they can. For many, that means death. Unlike drugs in most cases, alcohol allows you to continue your addiction for what's left of your life, barring an accident. The lucky ones find their bottom, and surrender.


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 Post subject: Re: "My Name is Roger, and I'm an alcoholic"
PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2009 6:21 pm 
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Most alcoholics continue to drink as long as they can. For many, that means death. Unlike drugs in most cases, alcohol allows you to continue your addiction for what's left of your life, barring an accident. The lucky ones find their bottom, and surrender.


I have seen this and experienced this truth in my immediate family - deaths, murder, and thankfully one success due to AA after hitting bottom. Wallace's writing depicts the intergenerational nature of the "disease" and its impact. After many passages I cried, naturally, because this is so close to me, and wished I could have shared this work with my passed family members.

Peace.


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