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Publisher's Summary

Thirty-eight years ago I wrote "Drink, Drank, Drunk", a series of six articles for the Milwaukee Journal in which I used my personal experience with booze, along with pointing out the stranglehold the beer/booze industry has in formulating our absurd collective relationship with alcohol. Incredibly, a recent review of those articles leads to the inevitable and unfortunate conclusion that with only minor changes for updating statistics, they could have been written yesterday.
Never in my many years of practicing personal journalism have I ever experienced the kind of reader response "Drink, Drank, Drunk" generated. Hundreds of letters poured in, from shaky alcoholics, from the grieving mothers of country boys killed in car crashes, from children expressing the heartbreak of abusive or missing parents, from frustrated therapists and counselors, from bartenders and preachers and many others.
In the Pulitzer dream world of every journalist, mine was shattered by the Journal not even submitting the series for consideration. But what do I know? Could the industry have been a factor?
©1978 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (P)2017 Paul Stokes
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5 out of 5 stars
By erobbins33 on 02-18-17

Depressing, but pertinent

Well written and well read, this series of articles is intense and sensitive. In my state, there's a bit more of a punishment for multiple offenders. Nothing like Europe, though, where they will suspend your license for life. My SO has been through the Multiple Offender Program (MOP), which includes a week's stay at a school for drunks. He paid well over 10,000 dollars in lawyers fees to stay out of jail, and,lost his license for over 2 years. (BTW, his last offense was over 20 years ago, but NH repealed it's statute of limitations. I hope all states will eventually do this, and get more aggressive with their laws. Seriously... if we weren't so accustomed to lawsuits and such, I believe this could be a better world. Just smack down anyone who screws up. They will learn to deal.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 02-17-17

The bad side of drinking

Good book but it honestly made me a little sad. I recently had an alcoholic friend pass away. We never knew how bad the problem was until it was too late. Drinking always has an ugly side if you abuse it. These are Bill's stories of the ugly side of drinking that he's witnessed. A little bit of a warning to us all.

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