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Not to that extent

Posted by WC on June 05, 2002 at 18:59:23:

In Reply to: Re: Have you ever been a drunk? Just a question! (NT) posted by Charlie on June 05, 2002 at 18:41:29:

Sure! I've been drunk to the point of throwing up. But never in a stupor like that. People tell me the worst thing is I just get funny, (as in fun to be around) and then I know when it's time and I go home. I don't make a lifestyle out of booze. I don't wallow in the self-pity and need for attention that regular drunks seem to crave. Somehow alcohol doesn't appeal to me the way it does to some others.

There is a lot of discussion about Berg being an alcoholic, and some see that as a reason to view him compassionately, and maybe even overlook the ravings of a drunken lunatic. There is a lot of discussion about alcoholism being a genetic thing, and some are more predisposed to it than others.

I'm not so sure I buy all of that. I've never been one to even accept it from my own friends when they say "I was drunk and didn't know what I was doing" - I think it's just an excuse and a crutch for letting go of your inhibitions so you can do and say what you really want to do; and if you get found out or called on it, you just say "I was drunk."

I still think that if you drink and drive and run over someone, it's DUI and you deserve to be punished for your crimes. The same for rape and molestation under the influence.

I think that whether or not Berg was drunk or a drunk, didn't excuse him from being accountable for what he did and said.