From the May 1969 magazine.

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Terhune's Ten Commandments

Dr. William Terhune, a medical authority on alcoholism, set down "Ten Commandments for the Prevention of Alcoholic Addiction" a couple of years ago. They appeared in an article by him in Harper's Bazzar, and then in the Reader's Digest. Since then, the "Ten" keep on appearing in other people's writings on alcoholism, and it seems to me they ought to appear at least once in the Grapevine. I'm copying them this time from Dr. David Goodman's column in the Paterson (N. J.) News.

  1. Never take a drink when you "need" one.
  2. Sip slowly. Space drinks: the second thirty minutes after the first; the third an hour after the second; never a fourth.
  3. Dilute drinks--never on the rocks.
  4. Keep accurate record of amount and number of drinks. Never drink every day.
  5. Do not minimize the amount you drink. Instead, exaggerate it.
  6. Do not drink on an empty stomach.
  7. No signal drinking such as "luncheon," "left office," "on the way home," "before dinner," "before bed," "meeting people," "celebrating," and "to get me through."
  8. Tired or tense? Soak in a hot tub.
  9. Never drink to escape discomfort.
  10. Never drink in the morning.

Dr. Terhune also says, "The change from being nonalcoholic to alcoholic occurs suddenly, is seldom recognized, and is due to a breakdown in organic and psychological protective mechanisms. Once it has occurred, it cannot be reversed--then only total abstinence will save the individual."

-- B. F.

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