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It’s All Fun and Games…

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What can I say except wow, can you imagine what it would be like if this happened today?

Here’s my favorite quote from the article: “There was no question that beer played a great part in the affair.”

Ya think?!


LifeRing Annual Meeting Starts Tomorrow

Don’t forget – LifeRing’s Annual Meeting starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday! If you’re in or are going to be in the Santa Rosa area this weekend and would like to attend all event details are listed below, and here’s to having our best Conference yet!

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Spring/Summer LifeRing Newsletter Now Available

newsletterCarola Ziermann, editor, announces that the latest LifeRing Newsletter is hot off the press. See it Here. Featured are a number of articles about LifeRing’s Annual Conference which is coming up later this week. Other articles deal with LifeRing news about new meetings, dealings with other organizations, and how to donate.

Keeper of the Month

Lifering’s e-mail groups are active, thriving communities of people who use them as strong sources of sobriety support, and many members often post remarkably written sources of inspiration, hope and encouragement that many other group members call “Keepers” – posts that they save for themselves so they can go back and look at them as often as they like.

We here at LifeRing like sharing these posts, with the authors’ permission, on our Blog so that everyone can enjoy them as much as our group members do.

This month’s post, “Irreconcilable Differences”,  is contributed by group member Rich C.:

Alcohol:  Hey, sweetie, it’s been a while.  Have you missed me?  Did you get my messages, and my texts?

Me: I suppose I sort of missed you, but that’s not why I called.  I have news for you.

Alcohol: Can I come over?  Can you tell me in person?

Me:  Uh, not really.  I prefer that we keep our distance.  The news is that I want a divorce.

Alcohol:  A divorce?  What about our vows?

Me:  That’s just it.  I don’t even remember our wedding.  We were hanging out a lot, and next thing I know you’re wearing this ridiculously expensive ring, my bank account’s gone, and I have no recollection of anything.

Alcohol:  Well, darling, I do recall.  As you know, when we make love I do what I can to erase any memories of our intimacies, and other stuff.

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It’s All Fun and Games Until Someone Gets Hurt

[This post marks the debut of Bobbi Campbell, the new editor of the LifeRing Blog. She promises to bring much more energy and spirit to the Blog. Maybe now would be a good time to subscribe! — Craig Whalley, Editor Emeritus ]

Without a doubt, alcoholics abuse alcohol and tend to suffer numerous personal consequences for it – which all too often sadly includes hurting others, as well – but then again, so do so-called “normal” or “social” drinkers, many of whom have become convinced over the years that they can “handle their drink” in spite of evidence to the contrary.

The fact is, alcohol can be as dangerous a drug as any other regardless of it’s legality and social acceptance, and overindulgence or misuse by anyone very rarely if ever resembles one of those delightfully tranquil and life affirming Corona commercials. With alarming frequency, drinking can result in harm coming to the drinker and/or those they encounter.

We see and hear about alcohol-related stories every day, but how often do we consider the real toll alcohol takes on society? Perhaps we think we need no further reminders, but if we don’t, then why do the things listed in this World Health Organization report persist in occurring? And how much evidence of them happening over and over again is it going to take before everyone takes a step back and thinks about the situations they put themselves and others in when they drink?

After all, it’s all fun and games…until someone gets hurt.