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My alcoholic dad, by Nathalie.

We’d attend parties and BBQ’s hosted by other families affected by the disease, where the only drinks served were cans of Coke and fancy sparkling grape juice.
While dad was attending AA, my mum was immersed in Al Anon, the support group for families of alcoholics. Years later, when I asked how she coped for all those years…

Orange is the new…

The word, “cheers”, the clinking of glasses, the swish of alcohol, the insipid smiles on faces in preparation for celebration is something I cannot connect with or relate to. I see no joy in using alcohol to ‘celebrate’ anything anymore. Far from it. Alcohol is a mind altering substance, why would you actively change that natural high for the false, fake promises that alcohol delivers?