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Grapevine : May 2011
I thought about alcohol all the time, beginning each morning, when I’d curse myself for getting drunk the night before. My hang- over was usually crushing and it took great effort to look refreshed and cheerful so my wife wouldn’t know I had gotten drunk, again. the hangover persisted as I struggled to get through a court ap- pearance or a meeting at my law firm, as did feelings of shame, guilt, demor- alization and helplessness at being unable to control my alcohol con- sumption. I was terrified somebody would discover I was a drunk. Around lunchtime, my head had usually cleared enough to renew my commitment to not drink that eve- ning, or, at least stop after one, maybe two glasses of wine before dinner. the afternoon was consumed with planning my use of alcohol. What would I drink? Where would I drink? Did I have enough alcohol at home? I worked hard at the firm to be as pro- A high-priced attorney’s biggest battle is with the bottle LEGAL AID RecoveRy at woRk aagrapevine.org 15 GRAPE_15-17.indd 15 4/4/11 1:08 PM