The recent DUI arrests of a distinguished, high-profile U.S. diplomat and a senior clergyman should serve as sobering reminders that alcohol, for many people, is a dangerous drug. Each year thousands of lives are lost in alcohol-related driving accidents. There are plenty of alcohol fueled celebrity meltdowns as well as alcohol can make a bad idea sound temporarily good — like playing a round of strip billiards in a Las Vegas hotel with some people you’ve just met. What makes the news less often is the terrible toll alcohol takes in private life: families destroyed, careers wrecked by alcohol-fueled indiscretions, and so on.Via Meadia doesn’t think a return to Prohibition is a good idea. For many Americans alcohol brightens life without presenting any danger. But there is a significant minority for whom this drug is sheer poison. It’s vital for everyone to know where they fit on the spectrum. Are you someone for whom alcohol presents few risks, or are you one of the people who need to leave it strictly alone?AA has a questionnaire that can help you figure out where you belong. VM recommends that anybody who has ever wondered even a little bit about whether they have an alcohol problem should take a few minutes to check this self test. If you answer “yes” to four or more of these questions, that’s a good sign that changing your approach to alcohol would make your life richer, happier and perhaps even longer.Many people we know came to see that alcohol had become a destructive force in their lives and made some changes that opened the door to a happier and more productive lifestyle. Others never quite figured it out and the results were almost never good. This quick test can save a lot of time and tears.
High Profile DUI Flameouts: Warnings To Us All
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