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Turning the TV Off

He had to come to realize that unlike his heroes on the tube, he wasn't going to be able to drink casually

Step One is the first step for an extremely good reason. You cannot satisfactorily work the other Steps and be free of alcohol until you completely and freely accept Step One. Then with the help of God you can start on the recovery road and stay on that road.

Just ask me. I wasted six years trying not to drink but drinking and not accepting Step One. When I was growing up in the 1950s, every television detective had his favorite watering hole. Some will remember Peter Gunn and his favorite bar "Mothers." When he walked in, everyone would greet him so alcohol meant friendship. It was not just for unwinding after a day's work. Even today, Inspector Morse cannot solve a case without the help of a pint or two of beer. I see now, in the sequel, Inspector Lewis has to have his pint. The point is, alcohol is glorified in our culture, and our heroes appear on the surface to have the power over alcohol.

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