1,000 Days of Freedom: How I Stopped Drinking and Started Living

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Three years ago Terry Lancaster decided to take a break from drinking. It was supposed to be temporary, but he’s never looked back.

The Summer I Became a Man

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Losing everything broke him and taught him what’s truly important in life.

Love And The Drunk Dial

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Al DeLuise on why we sometimes find ourselves picking up the phone after one to many drinks.

Drinking Buddy

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The sad link between his male friendships and drinking.

On Nights Like These

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As much as Angel Garcia’s speaker insists “this is not about precision,” this poem is extremely precise–in its language, in its images, in its emotional resonance.

Giving Up the Drink Or: Why I Had to Give Up on Booze

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Alex Steed explains how his love relationship with alcohol soured, and how he and booze finally—and recently—broke up.

8 Reasons Kids are Pretty Much Just Tiny Drunk Adults

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Tanner Ringerud of Buzzfeed shares pictures of a few belligerent babies.

Yet Another Set of Confessions of an Alcoholic

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Larry Siskin knows there are two kinds of alcoholics…and that’s not the start of a bad joke.

No Sex Please – We’re Newlyweds.

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Can you guess how many couples fail to consummate their marriage on their wedding night?

The Lie of Heroes: How Kerouac Almost Killed Me

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By trying to follow in his literary hero’s footsteps, Jarad Dewing learned that not all heroes are what they seem.

Drugs And Alcohol Are Not The Answers To Your Problems

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5 Reasons you need to stop turning to them…

Stargazing with Kristen

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Carmelo Vallone reflects on losing his first love to homicide and why he can’t talk about the Trayvon Martin verdict.

The Princess and the Pea

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A tale of a princess, a woodsman, and his magical … chopper.

“We already have ‘Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.’ Why not extend that to sex?”

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How does fatal drunk driving compare socially to the things that happened in Steubenville? If campaigns against drunk driving don’t work, how do you design a consensual sex campaign? What effective messages have you seen that could apply?

“I go to AA to hear other’s experience, strength, ideas and to share my own.”

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If you are a teetotaler, what things have helped you stay sober? If you aren’t a teetotaler, what helps you say in control of your drinking habits?

“I was 22. First time ever black-out drunk, first time having sex. No consent, no condom, no remembrance of it happening, better yet enjoying it.”

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But it’s the stories that get told that help give a collective understanding of a word so powerful that some people are afraid to say it out loud.