This author has written one of the best descriptions of blackout drinking I have ever seen. If you or someone you know has a drinking problem please take the time to read this.
My Drinking Years: ‘Everyone has blackouts, don’t they?’
How often do you have six or more drinks on one occasion?
As a result of your drinking or drug use, did anything happen in the last year that you wish didn’t happen?
For more see the following links:
The Two Questions That Could Determine If You Have an Alcohol Problem
Accuracy of one or two simple questions to identify alcohol-use disorder in primary care: a meta-analysis
“I’m not a drug addict. I’m not an alcoholic.” Rob Ford, the mayor.
Say what you want about his politics but there is no denying that the mayor of Toronto is a colorful person. He also is a very polarizing figure as the current media frenzy affirms. Admittedly, my outsider status has allowed me some distance from the full impact of both his politics and the current controversy. Still, it is hard not to be amazed at the circus-like atmosphere surrounding the mayor and the city. There is the video that purportedly shows the mayor smoking a crack pipe. There is the infamous photo of the mayor posing with alleged gang members outside of a crack house. There is the police surveillance of phone calls and surreptitious meetings with an accused drug trafficker behind a school and at a gas station. And, of course, there are the numerous accounts of public intoxication. Toronto is the fourth largest city in North America behind only Mexico City, New York, and Los Angeles. How is it even possible that the mayor of such an important city could be this out of control? Welcome to the absolutely insane world of alcohol and drug addiction.
If you or someone you know is battling alcohol or drug addiction please read this article by Russell Brand. It is one of the most beautiful and eloquent things ever written on addiction, denial, and recovery.
Russell Brand: My life without drugs