Are you really ready to quit?

April 28, 2013 on 11:35 am | In Holiday drinking, Law, abuse, alcoholism, binge drinking, codependent, domestic abuse, drinking, drugs, drunk, elder drinking, marijuana, police, probation, recovery, underage drinking | No Comments

In the early days of my recovery, I couldn’t stay sober. I’d get 90 days of sobriety or maybe even more, then finally six months. Cause for celebration! Out I went, drunk and sick. My sponsor told me “You don’t want to quit drinking.” I denied it, but deep down, I knew he was right. I’d get drunk then come back, dragging my drunken butt in to hide behind the apron of mother AA.

Getting sober isn’t a matter of just quitting drinking. It has to come from, as it says in the 5th chapter off Alcoholics Anonymous, from an HONEST desire to stop drinking. Not because a few days before Christmas you got drunk again and screwed up your family’s enjoyment of the holidays.

Right now, you may be feeling stronger after the drunk of a few days ago. So, now is a good time to get drunk. “No, wait! One more day. By that time most of the wounds I inflicted on me and my family over the holidays won’t be so painfull.” It’s amazing how the next drunk has a way of completely wiping clean the pain of that last drunk!

Don’t B.S. yourself. You either want sobriety or you don’t. I know what it’s like to want to get drunk. There were times when nothing would stop my compulsion to drink, not even an AA meeting. I would hate myself, but I knew that as soon as the meeting was over, so was my sobriety. It’s a continuous nightmare. It only gets worse, never better.

Alcoholism is a disease that tells you don’t have a disease, all the while pushing you further down the ladder. “This time will be different, than my last drunk.” And so, the cycle continues until you have lost everything and even maybe, your life. Alcoholism is a progressive disease AND it only gets worse, never better.

Drinking less, eating before you drink, not drinking until your work is done and so many other attempted escapes from the ferocity of alcohol will only delay the inevitable. Wow! Drunk again, how’d that happen?

Listen, I love you all because I know how bleak things can get. Just stay sober today, go to an AA meeting and don’t worry about tomorrow. One day at a time.

Oh, and revisit the video in the blog before this one. It may change your life. Oh, by the way. Smoking a joint then getting behind the wheel increases your chance of having an accident by as much as 50%. It’s true.!!

God Bless you my brothers and sisters.

Hoot

Underage Drinking – Good News

August 2, 2011 on 11:01 am | In Holiday drinking, Law, abuse, alcoholics, alcoholism, binge drinking, domestic abuse, drinking, drugs, drunk, elder drinking, police, probation, recovery, underage drinking | No Comments

The perception is, is that underage drinking in the U.S. is on the rise.  Well, the good news is, underage drinking is down dramatically.  The proportion of high school seniors who have ever consumed alcohol is down.  The percentage of high school seniors who drink at any time is down - way down.

Drinking among 12 – 17 year olds has dropped by 65% over the past 23 years.  Over-all underage drinking is down more than ever.  College students, who always attract a lot of attention in the press, have the lowest rate of drinking in the thirty eight year history of keeping these records.  The proportion of  students reporting occasional or frequent beer drinking has dropped to an historic 44.8 %. That’s down from 73% in 1982.

This news comes from Professor David J. Hanson – University of New York.  To see all his findings log on:

www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj

This is great news, but we’ve got a long way to go.  The key is educating our young people of the dangers of alcohol at an early age.  Take that from a guy who started drinking at age 12.

“Hoot” Hooten                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Former Chairman of the Santa Maria, California – Under Age Drinking Task Force

Jeret “Speedy” Peterson

July 28, 2011 on 10:38 pm | In Holiday drinking, Law, Uncategorized, abuse, alcoholics, alcoholism, binge drinking, codependent, domestic abuse, drinking, drugs, drunk, elder drinking, marijuana, police, probation, recovery, underage drinking | No Comments


What a talented young man he was. Here’s the headline:

(Reuters) – Olympic silver medalist skier Jeret “Speedy” Peterson has committed suicide near Salt Lake City. Peterson, 29, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Monday night, shortly after he called emergency dispatch to say he was going to kill himself.
He was a silver medalist in the men’s freestyle aerials competition at the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver, Canada.

Peterson’s body was found beside his vehicle on a road just outside Salt Lake City.  Police said he left a suicide note, but they declined to reveal the contents of the message.

Peterson’s death on Monday came three days after the Olympic athlete was arrested in Idaho on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. He was released from the Blaine County Jail in Idaho after posting $500 bail.

He failed three field sobriety tests, including a walk and turn and a one-leg stand, according to a police report.

Peterson pleaded not guilty in paperwork filed by his attorney to the charge of driving under the influence and the speeding citation.

Peterson gained the nickname “Speedy” because coaches thought he resembled the cartoon character “Speed Racer” when wearing his helmet. He invented his signature jump the “Hurricane,” a five-twist and three-flip maneuver that landed him the silver medal in Vancouver.

Peterson’s behavior at times got him in trouble with the law and sports officials. In 2006, he was sent home from the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, after a fight, according to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

“Speedy’s” death, on the heals of Amy Windehouse’s death reminds me of what some old drunk told me years ago about alcohol being an equal opportunity destroyer.

If you’re like “Speedy,” Amy and me, find yourself in a little trouble, often. It’s time for a self analysis.

Do something about it before you waste away your life like me and millions of others who have our disease.

God rest “Speedy” and Amy’s souls.

“Hoot” Hooten

The Most Important DUI Video You’ll Ever See!!

November 20, 2010 on 1:29 pm | In Holiday drinking, Law, abuse, alcoholics, alcoholism, binge drinking, codependent, domestic abuse, drinking, drugs, drunk, elder drinking, marijuana, police, probation, recovery, underage drinking | No Comments

My friends, I have been blessed, or cursed, which ever, only time will tell. This picture, by the way, is of Mindy & Malo (Hoot) Hot 105 Miami.

After living through forty years of ugly, awful, violent, sickenly embarassing alcoholism, I can tell you I have seen the most significant video on DUI I have ever seen. If you or someone you know has a drinkiing problem, SIT DOWN or MAKE THEM SIT DOWN to view this video.

Anyone who views this video will almost certainly, know they have just seen a LIFE CHANGING event.
I don’t mean to harp on you about alcoholism, but I do mean to find the evidence someone needs to make a decision about whether or not they should do something about their drinking.

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=Z2mf8DtWWd8

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