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10 years an ex-drunk

Today is the 10 year anniversary of my last drink. The word "ex-drunk" in my title is very deliberate. I hate the term "recovering alcoholic". My argument against that is that I don't like to define myself in terms of a bad habit I don't have anymore.

I suppose the same argument could be made for "ex-drunk", or indeed any term that you could come up with for someone who used to drink but doesn't anymore. But at least the "ex" in "ex-drunk" makes it clearer that that I've quit than the weasel word "recovering" does.

And I like "drunk" better than "alcoholic". It's obviously less euphemistic. And, as was explained in the the classic novelty song, "Ten Little Bottles",  there is a difference between a drunk and an alcoholic: "us drunks don't have to attend all them danged old meetings".

I have not attended a single danged old AA meeting in my entire 10 years of not drinking. I'm sure it is fine for some people, but I am so damn stubborn and independent I'm sure that AA would just drive me to drink.

I make a post like this on every anniversary of drinking. I generally point out that this is the same anniversary as the assassination of JFK. Since last year, I've also learned that November 22 is the date John Galt gave his famous long speech in Atlas Shrugged.

If anyone reading this has a drinking problem and is attending AA or thinking about it, don't let me dissuade you if that's what works for you. It's not for me, but you're not me. It might be the best thing for you. I also think some of the criticism of AA is just as silly and hyperbolic as some of the overblown praise. I know people in AA and I can tell you it's not a cult.

I'm proud to have stuck it out ten years. There's a lot of other things to say about this day and it's personal and historic significance, but I've already said a lot of them. To read them, you can click here, here, and here.


Congratulations, and the timing is indeed interesting.

I have no complaint with your phrasing. I don't know how I would have handled the situation had my life gone a slightly different direction, or my genetics been a little different.

I am immune to alcohol, as nearly as I can tell. Certainly immune to morphine and any narcotics/painkillers that any medical experimenter has tried. But my little brother inherited only half of my peculiarity, and was able to drink and do drugs to extraordinary levels after which they had some effect. He could consume more than just about any human alive before getting affected. Eventually, this effect killed him. I have never tried alcohol or drugs, though (as a result) I was unaware of my anomaly until years later. I don't know what I'd have done had I attempted these substances.

But you had the normal, "gets you drunk" experience, and you were able to get shut of it. I commend you and wish you every success.

Galt's speech was one of independence, too, in many respects — as well as an invitation to others. May both of you find understanding for your words, and produce the desired effects en masse.

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle
Thanks for your encouraging words. I am sorry to hear about your brother. I have never lost a sibling but I know it must be very painful.
That's fantastic! Congratulations! How ever you do it, as long as it gets done, right?

Thank you very much Cherie.