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Old 03-22-2017, 04:00 PM   #41
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...Now, if you frequently beat your kids, yelled at your wife, wrecked the car, and got fired from job after job for coming in to work late and drunk, then I'd think you might have a problem.
No. That's a violent drunk. A person is a drunkard if the last thing that passes his lips at night is a shot of alcohol, and the first thing he thinks of in the morning is a drink.

I do not know anybody like that in real life, but recall a movie called "Leaving Las Vegas" starring Nicolas Cage. The character in the movie was not violent.
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I just finished watching an episode of Drugs Inc (National Geographic) on Alaska. The show seemed to say that low availability of illegal drugs in the remote areas makes alcohol the drug of choice and it is widely abused. Many areas are dry (alcohol is illegal) but there are plenty of bootleggers to make it available. One guy was drinking hair spray because he couldn't get alcohol.
A guy told me that when Soviet soldiers got deprived of alcohol in war time, they smeared shoe polish on bread, let the liquid in the polish soaked into the bread, then scraped the polish off and ate the bread.

Just now recall this story, and check on the Web, and found this:
The ingredients for this drink are black shoe polish, a glass of water, and a slice of black bread. You take the black shoe polish, spread it on the slice of bread, then set it atop the glass of water so that it covers it up pretty well. Leave it sitting for a couple of hours while you try to pretend you’re not enduring the worst shakes ever. Then, when you can’t wait anymore, take the bread off the top and drink the poisoned water down. The fumes and toxins from the shoe polish, Russians learned, would be absorbed into the water enough to make it potent. Also, you could take the bread, scrape off the excess polish, and eat it, getting a major rush from the absorbed poisons.


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I do not know anybody like that in real life, but recall a movie called "Leaving Las Vegas" starring Nicolas Cage. The character in the movie was not violent.
That was a sad (and hard to watch) movie... He was far beyond being a "mere" drunk--a suicidal person with alcohol as his weapon.
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.... A person is a drunkard if the last thing that passes his lips at night is a shot of alcohol, and the first thing he thinks of in the morning is a drink.

I do not know anybody like that in real life, .....
I did, it was a surprise to me that beer is breakfast food

He died of liver failure, after losing his employment and friends, all his money, and then losing his drinking buddies since he had no money to buy them drinks.
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Second liver, he must have had a few years without drinking at all, if he was given a liver transplant. Normally continued alcohol consumption will keep someone off the transplant list. At least in the US anyway.
Yes, and also for a few years after his liver transplant he controlled it before he started up again with continuous drinking. Problem as I saw it was because his wife continued to drink heavily throughout it all.
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I was thinking that maybe when they get drunk, they grab their guns and shoot each other dead for some stupid reason like "he looked at my woman" or "she bought everyone a hamburger except me".
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I have actually seen both of those reasons given for murders in recent news stories here in New Orleans. It's insane.
Yes, those reasons are insane. It would have been much more understandable for reasons like "he looked at my hamburger" or "she bought everyone a woman but me."
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