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Name a Substance More Harmful to Society Than Heroin or Crack?

Posted in Hurm with tags , , , , , , , on November 1, 2010 by Editors

Alcohol.

At least, so says a recent study by British experts, who evaluated “substances including alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana” [and ranked] them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole.”

Alcohol earned this dubious honor “because it is so widely used and has devastating consequences not only for drinkers but for those around them.” Nevertheless, researchers do not advocate a return to prohibition. Leslie King, one of the authors of the study, notes that “alcohol is too embedded in our culture” to outlaw. In other words, too many people are enjoying alcohol safely to warrant making it illegal, despite the overall cost to society.

However, marijuana, which tested much less harmful to society than either alcohol, heroin or cocaine, remains illegal. David Nutt, one of the lead researchers in the study, was fired for criticizing the government’s decision to increase penalties for possession of marijuana.

In Celebration of the Unsung Hero of 12-Step Recovery

Posted in humor with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 27, 2010 by Tim Elhajj

Alcoholics Anonymous celebrated the 75th anniversary of its 12-Step recovery program earlier this summer with no mention of the true hero of 12-Step recovery. Despite the program’s requirement for anonymity, AAs two co-founders are fairly well-known: Bill Wilson, a dowdy stock broker from Manhattan, and Doctor Bob Smith, a surgeon from Akron, Ohio.

What’s not as well-known is that early on Bob relapsed, went on a tear. The next morning Bill asked Bob if he was ready to try again. Bleary eyed and shaking, the good doctor agreed to give it another go. But he had to be in the operating room that very morning, so Bill gave him two brown bottles of beer to steady his nerves.

And so the true anonymous hero of recovering people everywhere is that patient, whose name has been lost to time. He lay face down on the operating room table. Whoever you were, nameless patient, wherever you are, recovering people from all over the world ought to thank you. A toast—of sparkling cider perhaps?

As Dr. Bob was a proctologist, we all know whose ass was really on the line.

Texan Goes Fishing One Morning

Posted in humor with tags , , , , on March 5, 2010 by Editors

Texan finally gets around to going fishing one morning.  

After a while, he runs out of worms. He spots a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth and frogs are good bass bait. He knows the snake can’t bite him with the frog in his mouth, so he reaches down, grabs him behind the head, takes the frog and puts it in his bait bucket.

Now the dilemma is how to release the snake without getting bit. 

He grabs his bottle of Jack Daniels and pours a little whiskey in the snake’s mouth. The snake’s eyes roll back, and he goes limp. Texan releases him into the lake without incident and carries on with his fishing, using the frog as bait.

A little bit later, Texan feels a nudge on his foot. Looking down, he sees the damn snake again, this time with two frogs in his mouth!

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