Watched VH1 last night, Let’s Spend the Night Together, a program about the famous Rock and Roll groupies of the 60’s and 70’s wow that was fun! Especially the Plaster Castor who has plaster sculptures of the most famous rock star’s members. Yeooow…
or perhaps you dig this kind of groupie?
Check out the paragraph on Heidi Fleiss’s new policy on hiring:
I am doing AA 90 meetings in 90 days since January 1st and this has been a cool ride.
My friend, a fellow AA’er, is joining me on this journey and we are having a blast now going to different meetings, exploring the worlds.
Today we go at noon to the Men’s center where men come off the street and get rehab and housed and do around the clock meetings. At noon it is open for ALL, including women to attend their meetings. So I love it there. So much raw wisdom.
It is amazing to see the incredible men who have struggled through fire to get to their truths. So much integrity and willingness to be better men.
Watching a man struggle in this world’s chaos can bring tears to my eyes and at the same time witnessing their struggle can make me so frustrated.
So grateful today for the men in the AA program. I some times take men for granted because I am surrounded by such magnificent men working their programs. So when I go to meetings and see a man with multiple years of sobriety or a man struggling on his first day of being sober, I am so proud to be in AA.
Men and humility is a hard combination in this world, where men are supposed to lead and rule and be the “stronger sex”, but it is all illusion when it boils down to the first moment you have to say “I need help,” or “I’m wrong.”
We are all in the same boat, shaking off the toxic life (not necessarily alcohol or drugs) and entering the world of truth and honor.
My conventional self wants to witness no weakness, because after all they are men and are supposed to be stronger, right?
Just a little nod to you men and a wish for all of you to find your truths and fight your ass off to win this badge of merit.
Boys Don’t Cry
I am so happy and grateful for the amazing women in my life.
I just went to a women’s step study and then to an amazing Birthday weekend breakfast with 18 women friends all of whom I adore and respect.
Truly adult and classy women none of whom are doing much Face Booking or TV watching or shopping, but women who are out in the world creating businesses and art. I look back on my only childhood and see that I have created exactly what I saw in my future. Tons of adorable beautiful people around me.
I got Super great sugar-free cheesecake and for my inner child, some birthday candles and a wish for the future..
Reading loads of recovery books and Life by Keith Richards.
Mick’s Birthday 1972
Alcoholism Information and Statistics
Alcoholism is a gradual deteriorative disease characterized by four distinct traits which include desire, physical reliance, lack of self-restraint, and tolerance. Certain aspects of alcoholism must be researched in order to improve our general understanding of the devastative potential this dangerous disease has in store for alcohol abusers. By analyzing current alcoholism statistics, we can see the relationship that alcohol has with various behaviors and bodily functions.
Oftentimes, the public needs to see these statistics to reinforce the fact that the effects of alcoholism are widespread and extremely hazardous to one’s health. The following stats concerning alcoholism have been compiled from numerous web surveys and other methods of research:
- Alcohol dependence and abuse cost the US approximately $220 billion in 2005. For the sake of comparison, this was greater than the amount of money spent to combat cancer ($196 billion) and obesity ($133 billion).
- 25.9% of underage alcohol abusers (i.e. underage alcoholics) drink 47.3% of the total amount of alcohol consumed by drinkers under the legal age.
- Drinking excessively year after year may cause pancreatitis, or an inflamed pancreas. Side effects of pancreatitis include extreme abdominal pain and abnormal weight loss. These can lead to death.
- Alcoholism improves a drinker’s odds of developing cancer of the throat, larynx, liver, colon, kidneys, rectum, and esophagus. It may also contribute to immune system irregularities, brain damage, harming an unborn baby, and cirrhosis of the liver.
- An estimated 43% of US adults have had someone related to them who is presently, or was, an alcoholic.
- 3 million US citizens older than 60 abuse alcohol or require it to function normally.
- Close to three times the amount of US males (9.8 million) abuse, or are dependent upon, alcohol than females (3.9 million).
- A survey of over 450 American alcohol abusers revealed that the vast majority of them did not grow up with a father figure in their households.
- 6.6 million minors in the US live with an alcoholic mother or father.
- About 14 million US residents battle an alcohol addiction.
- Greater than 50% of grownups in the US have had knowledge of someone in their immediate family with an alcohol problem.
- Just under 13.8 million US adults have issues with alcohol, and 8.1 million of them officially suffer from alcoholism.
- People who have a good relationship with their spouses have an 8.9% probability of developing alcoholism over the course of their lifetime. Contrarily, 29.2% of adults who are living with a partner and have never married are likely to become alcoholics.
- Around a quarter of all children experience some form of alcoholism in their families before they turn 18.
- As the “baby boom” generation settles into retirement, alcoholism is becoming more prevalent among the elderly.
- Generally, employees who have divorced, separated, or never married are twice as likely to have alcohol problems as those who are married.
- It takes about 15 years for an adult to become a full-fledged alcoholic, but the process is sped up in teens and young adults.
- One out of every five alcoholics who attempt to stop drinking without medical intervention end up dying as a result of alcohol withdrawal delirium.
- In comparison to those who drink in moderation, people who abuse alcohol for a significant period of time experience an efflux of income anywhere from 1.5% to 18.7%. This vast fluctuation is largely based on a person’s age and sex.
- People who live with an alcoholic take ten times the amount of sick leave than individuals who are not exposed to alcoholism. Four-fifths of them also claim their productivity on the job is reduced as a result of their living situation.
- 40% of alcoholism is passed down through the gene pool, while the other 60% stems from unknown circumstances.
- Studies show that the offspring of alcoholics have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics themselves than those whose parents are clean.
- A staggering half-a-million US children aged nine to 12 are addicted to alcohol.
According to this assortment of statistics, it is evident that alcoholism is detrimental to anyone who succumbs to it; the disease has a negative impact on people from all walks of life, regardless of:
• Job status
• Political views
• Religious beliefs
Therefore, it is essential that all kids, teenagers, and adults become educated on the consequences of alcoholism in order to avoid the countless adverse effects associated with it (e.g., DUI conviction). After scanning these astounding stats, one can comprehend why alcoholism is sometimes referred to as the “silent killer.”
“From Solace Conseling”
I am sober celebrating twenty one years of sobriety as of January 1, 2011
Also in January of 2011 I will be 57 years old.
It is always intense approaching these birthdays.
Last year was a powerful spiritual education year.
I am back in my natural state of being Me.
Sober Driver of my own life.
Sober Driver by Dengue Fever
I want to see you tonight
I know it’s late
I don’t want to fight
I’m at a party
Where am I?
In Echo Park
The band has stopped playing
The keg is all dry
You call me up because I’m sober and you wanted me to drive
I’m getting tired of being treated as just a free ride
I finally figured out that you’re just a thorn in my side
That’s withered dull and dry