VOL. 31 NO. 10
Without citing a bunch of figures let's just say
that it has come to the attention of authorities here
that the Army has too many alcoholics among its
The word is: Dry out or get out.
How? Where does he start?
Alcoholism is now considered a disease a treat
able curable disease if the alcoholic decides to be
treated and cured.
So the first thing the alcoholic must decide is that
he can't handle alcohol. This must be his decision
not his wife's not his commanding officer's. Someone
(or thing) may inspire him to sober up but the decision
He may wait until he has lost his wife and family
and position and home and car and even his self-
respect before he makes the decision to give it up.
But he must make the decision that's No. 1.
The alcoholic if he is to quit drinking without dying
must first decide that he has a problem with alcohol
and that he is going to beat it.
Since alcoholism is a disease and doctors treat
diseases the drunkard's second step towards sobriety
is to go to the doctor.
Published in the interest of the personnel of Fort Hood
FORT HOOD TEXAS FRIDAY APRIL 211972
There used to be just two good reasons
why an old drunk got sober
One he died
Caution: Alcoholism is not a disease a surgeon can
cut out with a scalpel and toss in the trash. There
are as many "reasons" for being an alcoholic as there
are alcoholics and any one of them will make you
just as big a drunk as any other.
So don't kid yourself: going to the doctor with
your problem is just the first step. But it's a step
in the right direction. You will have recognized the
problem. That makes it half as easy but you'll probably
have all the hangover.
Let's assume you've been "inspired" you don't
want to be thrown out of the Army you're determined
to quit completely. Here are some tips.
Start from last night assume it's morning the morn
ing of a work day. You've had a hard night from
one or two or four or eight drinks too many.
After you passed out you slept like a dead man
for a few hours but you awoke with a parched mouth
at 3 a.m. You took a few pills a small drink— with
lots of ice and eventually made it back to bed.
Purple people with coconut heads leered at you
spinning around you pushing pulling you back
back to the bathroom where you "lost" your pills and
Ah but the second batch stayed down and you
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slept some more. Now you're facing yourself in the
mirror with an electric razor (your clammy hand
won't hold any other kind). And you've decided that
today you'll quit.
The tip quit now. After all it is today. Don't
take that double in your coffee: go face the doctor
cold turkey (if you can call a walking vibrator cold).
You'll enter the waiting room feeling like you're
the only sick person there wondering if you can wait
your turn wondering if you shouldn't just go have
a quickie and forget the doctor.
Finally you're in. Don't give him the upset stomach
headache and diarrhea routine. You've probably pulled
that one many times already. It gets some stuff that'll
give "temporary" relief. You've made the decision to
So lay it on the line: tell him "Doc I'm an alcoholic a
drunkard I've got the great-great-grandaddy of all
hangovers: I'm a sick man and I have been for years
Help me get well please doctor."
After that follow the doctors orders.
Think that'll take more courage than you have?
Not if you're to quit before you get kicked out—
or die. Try it it only hurts for the first few days
getting sober that is not dying.
(Ft. Bragg Paraglide)
. Armored Sentinel (Temple, Tex.), Vol. 31, No. 10, Ed. 1 Friday, April 21, 1972. Temple, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth255157/. Accessed September 22, 2014.