Google can even keep you sober!
Google alerts can give you a little extra help staying sober. Setting up a daily alert for “alcohol” will put an email in your inbox every day providing you with hundreds of news articles articles from around the world describing drunk driving accidents and deaths, health-related effects of alcohol and alcoholism, etc. – basically a daily rundown of the mayhem that alcohol brings to the world. Be sure and check “news” for “type.”
Setting up an alert takes five seconds. You can do it here.
I also have one set up for “alcoholism.” Other suggestions?
“The Drunkard”: Howard Thoresen, left, and Michael Hardart in this 1800s work at the Metropolitan Playhouse.
Theater review from the New York Times, “Saved, Before Alcoholics Anonymous” by Wilborn Hampton.
Metropolitan Playhouse, 220 East Fourth Street, New York City
Vanity Fair: Fox on the Rocks; Glenn Becks Despised by Network President, Other Employees, by Juli Weiner, September 29, 2010.
New York Times: Being Glenn Beck by Mark Leiobevich, September 29, 2010.
Just goes to show that AA just helps you get sober; it doesn’t necessarily make you a better person.
A woman identifying herself as "Carol W." holds the Big Book, the basic text for Alcoholics Anonymous, at a meeting in Seattle in this June 10, 2010, photo. (John Lok/The Seattle Times/AP Photo)
More than 70 years after the publication of the Alcoholics Anonymous “Big Book,” which provides the framework for the AA program including the twelve steps, Hazelden is publishing the original manuscript as written by co-founder Bill Wilson. This original manuscript contains far more and more overt references to Christian doctrine than the originally published version, which was intended to reach a more diverse religious audience. While some criticize the existing AA program as presented in the published literature as being far too Christian already, this new publication shows the original thinking behind the program.
ABC News report on the publication of the original manuscript
AA Original Manuscript Shows Debate over Religion from AddictionSurvivors.org
Or does it matter?
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Gail Caldwell remembers her friend and fellow alcoholic writer Caroline Knapp in this lovely book, let’s take the long way home. A must read!
Read the full review on Salon.
Gail Caldwell is the chief book critic for the Boston Globe…(read more from Wikipedia.)
Caroline Knapp wrote Drinking, A Love Story, which recounted her 20 year battle with alcoholism. Although she won that battle, she died of lung cancer in 2002.
For those of you interested in the Dr. Drew/Lindsay Lohan dust-up, and the larger question it opens up re AA’s status as the government-mandated treatment program of choice. Just to pre-empt an often true, but ultimately nonproductive line of reasoning, let’s try to move beyond the simplistic “if it doesn’t work, you’re not doing it right” tautology. Comments?
read the article
LA Times, Opinion
July 30, 2010
Amy Lee Coy
This quadriplegic, alcoholic artist, whose controversial cartoons pushed the boundaries of propriety with often shocking and offensive work, died yesterday at age 59.
read the Washington Post obituary
By T. Rees Shapiro
Thursday July 29, 2010
The cartoons live on at Callahan Online.
Quotidian Buzz welcomes the first member!
This article had a weird slant; it seemed to imply that all alcoholics in recovery are just seconds away from relapse at any time. Perhaps it was just NYT trying to create drama. Good article, though.
Summer in a Sober House: Avoiding the Undertow of Temptation, New York Times, June 9, 2010