I don’t need to drink anymore


“I don’t need to drink anymore,” says Ray H. of Hollywood, Florida. “Why?” Asked a friend. Ray answered, “For several years I was a pretty confused person:

I drank for happiness and became unhappy;
I drank to be outgoing and became self-centered;
I drank for sociability and became argumentative;
I drank for sophistication and became crude and obnoxious;
I drank for friendship and made enemies;
I drank to soften sorrow and wallowed in self-pity;
I drank for sleep and awakened without rest;
I drank for strength and felt weak;
I drank medicinally and got sick;
I drank because I thought my job called for it and lost my job;
I drank for relaxation and got the shakes;
I drank for confidence and became uncertain;
I drank for courage and became afraid;
I drank for assurance and became doubtful;
I drank to stimulate thought and blacked out;
I drank to make conversation and couldn’t remember what I said;
I drank to feel heavenly and came to know hell;
I drank for power and became powerless;
I drank to erase problems and saw them multiply;
I drank because I had the right and everything turned out wrong;
I drank to cope with life and almost died;

“But surely it would take a lot of booze to get you in that shape again,” the friend exclaimed! “Just one drink,” Ray told him.

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