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Do You Drink or Abstain? There Is No Right Answer

A research question was posed that elicited a far different series of responses than was anticipated: “I have a question for those for whom alcohol is a part of your social life. This teetotaler by choice (not of necessity) really does want to understand. Is it possible to have fun, whether at a party, or dinner or sporting event or picnic…or an evening at home sans alcohol? What would it be like for you to not drink at any or all those occasions? It would be absolutely fine with me if I never imbibed again. I drank way too much in college and shortly thereafter. It is a conscious decision for me to enjoy the company of others without a substance on board.” It was prompted by my work with those in recovery whose new lifestyles preclude drinking and who likely would need to establish revised patterns and habits, as well as social activities to address sustained sobriety. It seemed clear and straightforward as I asked the questions. This was not the case as reactions ranged from observations that in and of itself, I was looking for a “right answer” and was therefore judging those whose responses were out of the range of what I might consider acceptable, to agreement from those either sober by choice or necessity. Polarization was apparent, with very little middle ground. I admitted that as an addictions counselor with three decades in the field, I did hold some biases. Some of the responses included: “Just as there are a myriad of ways to ...
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