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Old 01-17-2010, 06:36 PM   #76
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Whether there is a health or financial problem, relationship or spiritual issue, the plain truth is that alcohol is the reason that change hasn't happened as of yet. But, equally true, as soon as alcohol is removed from your life, your goals and dreams will come true as surely as the sun rises each morning.
This bit seems doubtful, at best. Look, I won't make light of alcohol problems, if they are a problem for someone, which is not the case for every person. But this kind of simplistic absolutism... like so many things alcohol serves to fill a void. The problems will not just go away, absent it.
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Old 01-17-2010, 07:25 PM   #77
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Boy, have I got a song for you Finance Guy. If you don't know it already, I suggest you download the song "Between the Bars" by Elliott Smith. Spend a dollar, or euro, or whatever. It's the article you cite above, but set to music.
Well, I tend to make a deliberate effort not to listen to too much depressive music these days. In a similar vein, "The Living Dead" by Suede is my favourite downer song, though it's about heroin rather than alcohol.

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Old 01-18-2010, 08:46 AM   #78
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This bit seems doubtful, at best. Look, I won't make light of alcohol problems, if they are a problem for someone, which is not the case for every person. But this kind of simplistic absolutism... like so many things alcohol serves to fill a void. The problems will not just go away, absent it.
Agreed. It's not like life will suddenly go and become awesome when you're not drinking. There's so much more you'll have to do to get everything on the right track again. Dealing with problems instead of avoiding them by drinking for instance..
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And if U2 EVER did Hawkmoon live....and the version from the Lovetown Tour, my uterus would leave my body and fling itself at Bono - for realz.
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Old 01-21-2010, 08:01 PM   #79
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You used the term functioning alcoholic. Or was it highly functioning? In any case, I think that's one of the main things that keeps me from ever flirting with that point, is that I'm afraid I wouldn't function so well, and I'd lose any modicum of intellectuality that I've ever had. Maybe I just don't have enough confidence in myself. Who knows.

What I get from that lyric you cited is that with age comes the realization that no matter how much you know, you really don't know shit, because the possibilities of knowledge are endless. As a 17 year old, I thought I knew it all. Now, I realize how little I do know. I'm far less certain of many things now than I was then.

Define "lost in themselves." The Irish condition does sort of fascinate me, though. It's a unique cultural circumstance, for sure.
I've broken the daily drinking habit, I read somewhere it only takes three weeks to break a bad habit and so I've found. It was never hard liquor or anything, just a few glasses of wine a night. Well, ok, the entire bottle, in recent years.

I still have my crutches...but progress is being made...so that's something.
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Another thing I wanted to ask is whether other people that are gifted have this tendency - when I've done something, especially at work, it doesn't interest me in the slightest doing it again, I am either on or off, not much inbetween, does anyone know what I'm talking about?
Does anyone else have this?
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:21 PM   #81
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Do you mean in a been-there-done-that-next! sort of way? Yes, but I attribute that not so much to an IQ score and more to the high D and low S in my DISC profile.

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I've broken the daily drinking habit, I read somewhere it only takes three weeks to break a bad habit and so I've found. It was never hard liquor or anything, just a few glasses of wine a night. Well, ok, the entire bottle, in recent years.

I still have my crutches...but progress is being made...so that's something.
Good for you! Sometimes I think there's a real distinction to be made between genuine addiction and just breaking bad habits you've gotten into. Do you think you're more inclined to the latter?
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Good for you! Sometimes I think there's a real distinction to be made between genuine addiction and just breaking bad habits you've gotten into.
I've been just an observer in this thread because some of it hits too close to home, but I agree with this.

I've dealt with both in my life, true alcoholics and those with true bad habits, sometimes the line is gray... but there is definately a line.
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Good for you! Sometimes I think there's a real distinction to be made between genuine addiction and just breaking bad habits you've gotten into. Do you think you're more inclined to the latter?
Well, among the factors that might lead me to suspecting it's a bad habit rather than genuine addiction, is that for example, when at university, I didn't drink at all for nine months (run up to finals) and, perhaps more significantly, don't recall missing it at all during that period, and even when I did drink it was probably less than the average college student.

That said, on the other side of things, I think it's potentially dangerous to assume one isn't an alcoholic just because one doesn't need a 'stiffener' in the morning or whatever other patterns tend to be associated with full-blown dipsomania.
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Does anyone else here experience earworms?
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That said, on the other side of things, I think it's potentially dangerous to assume one isn't an alcoholic just because one doesn't need a 'stiffener' in the morning or whatever other patterns tend to be associated with full-blown dipsomania.
Yeah, I wasn't talking about that so much as someone who habitually comes home at night and has a couple of drinks before dinner, and maybe even more on the weekend. I think in some cases, the person might not have a serious need, it's become more of a habit that's ingrained into their daily routine, as opposed to an addiction.

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Does anyone else here experience earworms?
CONSTANTLY. I walk around with a soundtrack playing in my head all the time, and often, the songs get "stuck" for hours, or days, even.
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Non-genius posting again, but can I say that I have the opening drum pattern to U2's Mofo (itself heavily borrowed from The Prodigy) stuck almost constantly in my head at present.
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Does anyone else here experience earworms?
I'll get a song stuck in my head sometimes before bed and it will keep me up for hours. Again, like Kieran, not posting as a genius, but I find myself affected by much of the same things that are affecting some of you
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Does anyone else here experience earworms?
yes! sometimes i have problems getting to sleep because my brain won't stop playing music.
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I cannot remember a time when I didn't have music stuck in my head. It's been constant for years.
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