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Jules, that second sentence below came out wrong. I am not an alcoholic . I have never suffered the scourge of alcoholism. I have never been an AA member. I drank many times to the point of very drunk in college and fewer times in the Marine Corps. In Law School I drank very infrequently. by the time i reached 40 in 2000, I rarely had 2 or 3 beers. the sentence was inartfully constructed. I do not drink at all now and for the last 9 years because of what I said about short-term relief of suffering leading to amplified suffering for much longer. My father treated his depression for decades with 4 to 6 cups of coffee in the morning, 2 to 3 packs of cigarettes during the day and dinner time and then bourbon at night. This avenue was quite prevalent in the grown men of my boyhood in the sixties and my youth in the 70's.thanks for listening. tom, the preacher’s kid.

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