Here are some more clips and bits from Roger Ebert’s 2009 post and monumental list of 1,411 comments:
Terry: If you’ve ever thought you’re drinking too much, you are. If you ever “need a drink”, you’re a drunk or becoming one…. But, my god, what a colossal waste of my time it was to be boozed every night. Work 1/3, sleep 1/3 .. .and be drunk 1/3? Jesus, there’s better things to do than that with a life … So, whether [medications], AA, religion, or whatever does the job, all I can advise is there’s too much life out there to see it in a fog. It truly sucks after a while.
Ebert: I have no reason to attend an event where drinking is the purpose, and don’t.
Mike: Earlier you mention that drunks are bores when one is sober (not to mention boors). During my youthful debauches, I used to say to friends: we are each drinking to tolerate the other’s drunkenness.
Ebert:Alcoholism is the only fatal disease from which you can choose to recover.
Frank: I believe the Navy’s alcohol rehab definition of an alcoholic: “if you crave a drink, even if it’s only one a month or one a year and you can’t have peace until you have that drink, you’re an alcoholic.” Makes sense to me…
Ebert: If one is an alcoholic, drinking moderately is dangerous. If one is NOT an alcoholic, drinking moderately comes naturally and doesn’t require treatment.
Such great quotes, i have more coming. Now me, personally, i don’t brook with the word ‘alcoholic’, it’s part of my irritating rebellious nature. i like to substitute ‘boozer’ or ‘drinker’ … BUT I don’t let the wording rub me the wrong way, I just substitute a word that I can ‘hear’. I can hear ‘boozer’. I’m a chick who likes her booze. So all these quotes above apply to me. Nuff said.
Team 100 update: Welcome to Lane (day 12) and DDG (day 31). I’m on day 292 apparently. We are a little group of 37 members now. My husband also says he wants to join and do 100 consecutive days (he barely drinks any more now that i’ve stopped). So let’s add Mr. Belle as being on day 1. That makes us 38, and we have one male member now!