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Tough questions for teens

Alcoholism is a rough word.



Yet nobody is too young (or too old) to have trouble with booze. That is because alcoholism is an illness and, like cancer or diabetes, it kills.




It can hit anyone. Young, old, rich, poor, black, brown, yellow or white. I know. It hit me hard to the point of having intense suicidal feelings three years ago. I am so thankful to be alive today and thankful for the healing program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

The local fellowship I attend has recently started a young people’s A.A.

There is nothing for sale here, and it doesn’t matter how long you have been drinking or what you have been drinking. It’s what drinking does to you that counts.

To help you decide whether you might have a problem with your own drinking, I’ve taken these 12 questions from

1. Do you drink because you have problems? To relax?

2. Do you drink when you get mad at other people?

3. Do you prefer to drink alone?

4. Are your grades starting to slip?

5. Did you ever try to stop drinking, control or drink less – and fail?

6. Have you begun to drink in the morning, before school or work?

7. Do you gulp your drinks?

8. Do you ever have loss of memory due to your drinking?

9. Do you lie about your drinking?

10. Do you ever get into trouble when you’re drinking?

11. Do you get drunk when you drink, even when you don’t mean to?

12. Do you think it’s cool to be able to hold your liquor?

The answers are nobody’s business but your own.

If you can answer yes to any one of these questions, maybe it’s time you took a serious look at what your drinking might be doing to you.

And if you do need help or if you’d just like someone to talk with about your drinking, call us. We’re in the phone book under Alcoholics Anonymous (24 hours).

My life has improved so much, I can hardly believe it.

Thank you for listening to me.

John Raines

Grass Valley


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