Are NA Beers and Kombucha Safe to Drink for Alcoholics?

So here’s a question: Is it safe for those in recovery or who are cutting out alcohol for a while to drink NA beers and/or kombucha? Now, both of these beverages contain less than 0.5% alcohol, so for some, it’s not a problem. There have been unscientific experiments where people will have 15-20 kombuchas or…

The Myth of the Functional Alcoholic

So what the heck is a “functioning alcoholic”? There is this almost epic lore about the person who can drink excessively and daily, and somehow magically keep a career, a family and a life together without getting arrested, losing their job or getting divorced. This “unicorn” of the booze-hound family tree seemingly has the best…

How Alcohol Saved My Life

I know, strange to say on a recovery blog, but bear with me. Let me state off the top that alcohol in any way, shape or form right now would kick in my physical cravings and mental obsession.  There is no doubt in my mind about that.  If I were to swig any alcohol in…

Who Are Your Eskimo Angels?

He reeked of booze.  And BO.  I stood beside a man on the bus the other day.  His swollen and busted up face caught my attention.  He had a hospital band on his wrist.  His dead eyes said it all.  In his hand was a bag full of rattling Olde English malt liquor bottles.  He…

To My Brothers And Sisters Who Have Relapsed

To my brothers and sisters who have relapsed: You are loved, you are safe, you are protected, you are a child of the Creator, you are where you need to be…you are full of light, even in the midst of darkness. You are important, you are valued, you are human, you are unique, you are…

You Choo-Choo-Choose Me

“You can choose a ready guide in some celestial voice. If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice. You can choose from phantom fears and kindness that can kill; I will choose a path that’s clear I will choose freewill.” RUSH, “Freewill” Sometimes there is something that sticks in my craw,…

The Turn

So I’ve taken up that “jogging” fad that people seem to be taking to these days.  If you had told me that five weeks ago I would be eyeing shoes for pounding the pavement, I would have thought you mad.  Jogging, or “running” as they also call it (I looked it upon the interweb), is…

Sugarcoating The Truth

C6H12O6 +Zymase → 2 C2H5OH + 2 CO2 There it is in black and white – alcohol fermentation. For someone like me who fell asleep during chemistry classes, a simpler way of looking at it would be:  Sugar + Yeast = Ethanol + Carbon Dioxide (the bubbly stuff that makes those beer moustaches.) For someone like me…