A few weeks back our eighteen-year-old daughter decided to do a controlled experiment. She drank for the first time. She drank to get drunk. That’s the bad news for parents who haven’t had alcohol for decades. The good news is that the next day she felt terrible and vomited. She discovered that alcohol is a poison.

I told this story to a couple of friends. The first told me of how her son used to party with his mates in theU.K.until the night one of them got alcohol poisoning and passed out. The other boys finally decided to get him to a hospital. It was touch and go as his stomach was pumped and he lapsed in and out of consciousness. The doctor on duty in emergency made a point of taking each of the boys individually in to see their very sick friend and gave them each a talking to, away from the few parents who had, by this time, also been alerted. My friend’s son obviously was deeply affected by the experience, to the point where he didn’t touch a drop of alcohol until he was close to thirty, at which point he had the sense to do so in moderation. He has not been drunk since. My hat is off to the doctor who obviously went out of his way to teach these young men a meaningful lesson.

The other friend told me of his ‘controlled experiment’. He and his roommate had a party in their flat during the second term of their first year at university. My friend drank too much and passed out. The next thing he recalls is waking up in a hospital three days later. His parents were by his side. His mother had gone grey overnight. Three years later his eldest sister died in an accident, further traumatising his mother. It was then he decided never to get drunk again. He couldn’t bear the thought of hurting his mother further. There is a lesson in this. Everything we do impinges on the lives of those around us. I respect this friend for his decision to think of those he loves, not just of himself.

I share these stories because I know many of us have drinking and other habits we would love to overcome and don’t quite get to. Below is a link to my personal story with alcohol and why I decided at a young age to stop. There is also a link to an interview I did with a, acknowledged alcoholic who has received much needed support from Alcoholics Anonymous.

Human birth is a blessing. It is surely worth looking after our bodies, not denigrating them with toxins, allowing our souls to shine through, and positively impacting everyone around us.

In good health,

John

Alcohol: A Personal Perspective

A Story of Alcoholism and How AA Helps

Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

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This fascinating Voices from the North interview is with a man who prefers to be called just Doug. It is of his story with alcohol. It will open a few eyes. Both his mother and stepfather were in Alcoholics Anonymous so the tendency and the solution were there for Doug from the start. By high school he was drinking almost daily. Today he is living alcohol free and has dedicated his life to serving others with similar problems.

Listen to this inspiring interview for insight into the heart and soul of an alcoholic and the ability of Alcoholics Anonymous and the 12 Step Program to help those who are ready to help themselves.

Doug tells his story with refreshing honesty and he tells the story of how Alcoholics Anonymous began in a clear and accessible way. Listen to the complete interview below:

Alcoholics Anonymous has extraordinary success rate because it is spiritually based. It acknowledges that alcoholism is an allergy of the body and a compulsion of the mind. As Doug so clearly set me right, the will is not involved. The alcoholic accepts the need to hand his life over to a higher power because he can’t fix himself on his own. He’s asked the question, ‘Do you believe God could help if asked?’ If the answer is ‘Yes,’ then its time to ask.

The individual needs to make a thorough moral inventory. She needs to sit down with God and another person and turn over every stone and then express her willingness to allow God to accept her defects of character. A list of everyone harmed needs to be made and restitution attempted. This is critical. One of AA’s founders, Dr. Bob Smith of Akron, Ohio tried to go without restitution and it didn’t work.

Each person needs to review their day. Have they hurt, harmed or humiliated anyone? This is a form of continually auditing oneself. Upon awakening meditation and prayer is done to free me from myself or the ego.

And finally, the twelfth step involves carrying the message to other people. What has been given freely is passed on freely. The ability of the alcoholic to free himself from the compulsion to drink is partly brought about by helping others. Doug passed on the message beautifully in our interview. I look forward to his return to the show in the future.

Alcoholics Anonymous has something like twelve million members worldwide. Look in your phone for a toll free number to contact an AA chapter near you.

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

Heather Slocumb, Apex Reviews

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