Gerald Hecht en beBee in English, Scientists and Research, Medical Researchers Associate Professor (Tenured and rank promotion 2007) of Psychology • Southern University Baton Rouge 14/10/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 6,3K

On Alcoholism...

On Alcoholism...

I am a 56 year old recovering alcoholic --still...I have to admit that I remain tremendously proud of many of my exploits from my days of ridiculously heavy drinking. I weigh about 158 pounds (am 5’ 10”) and until I quit drinking several years ago, I could regularly down a case of Samuel Adams Double IPA, and a bottle of Jaegermeister over a 5-8 hour time period.

Although I renounced alcohol in 2012, I would be lying to you if I claimed anything other than tremendous pride regarding my incredible consumption of alcohol and the concomitant exploits which often accompanied extended bouts of focused continual drinking.

Even though I haven't been to “The Spanish Moon” in over 3 years; that bar still holds a special place in my heart --Indeed, one my greatest fears is that of losing my affection for that awesome bar. It was the best; the decade or so during which it was my “home away from home” is probably the most significant touchstone of my life.

Often, after a night (8-12 hours) spent in the Faraday cage in the Electrophysiology Laboratory recording single taste responsive neurons in the Nucleus of the Solitary Tract (NTS) with a tungsten microelectrode in laboratory rats; recording their characteristically changing musical patterns as I would bathe their tongues with samples of NaCl, HCl, glucose, and quinine --I would arrive at “The Moon”...greeted by my "buddies" from the Dow plant...waiting for the doors to open at 8 a.m. (more or less).

The owner, whose daughter was a student in several of my undergraduate classes (Physiological Psychology and a Laboratory Course in Psychopharmacology) used to joke about “the irony of my drinking paying for her college education”...I will never forget his lively sense of humor; even though it's been over two years since he died from complications of Hepatitis.

As many of you know --I rarely tell personal stories about anything other than natural disasters or pending litigation --that have occurred since I quit drinking. I think we all agree that there is nothing very interesting in this life when experienced in a state of sobriety.

In parting, I would at least like to share an invaluable lesson that I have learned from all of this (even though...let's face it; this hardly meets the minimal criteria for qualification as a parable): “Everything I Thought I Knew About a Bottle in Front of me and a Frontal Lobotomy may be right --or not”On Alcoholism...

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Thans very much Mr Gerald

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Gerald Hecht 22/10/2016 · #152

#151 @Pamela L. Williams oh man...umm; yeah that's all...

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Pamela L. Williams 22/10/2016 · #151

#150 But of course you were. :-)

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Gerald Hecht 22/10/2016 · #150

#149 @Pamela L. Williams oh yeah.. I knew that --I was just testing you, 😬

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Pamela L. Williams 22/10/2016 · #149

#148 The Crowd, you know the ones: that community that may not be day to day friends, but the familiar faces, the ones you can be yourself with and not be judged. They don't 'care' if you're not This or That, they're just there to hang, laugh, and dance the night away.

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Gerald Hecht 22/10/2016 · #148

#146 @Pamela L. Williams thank you so much!...wait...what do you mean by "everybody"?

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Peter van Doorn 22/10/2016 · #147

Incredible how honesty scores these days. You have no problem and yet you get a lot of support. Is humanity misdirected?

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Pamela L. Williams 22/10/2016 · #146

thank you for sharing a personal bit of yourself Gerald. I do understand the affection for the moon. It's a community. It's like the theme song from the old TV show "Cheers". I think this pretty much covers it:

Making your way in the world today
Takes everything you got
Taking a break from all your worries
It sure would help a lot
Wouldn't you like to get away?

Sometimes you want to go
Where everybody knows your name
And they're always glad you came
You want to be where you can see
The troubles are all the same
You want to be where everybody knows your name

(Better have a good night)
You want to go where people know
The people are all the same
You want to go where everybody knows your name

by Gary Portnoy - Where Everybody Knows Your Name Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Hopefully Gerald you realize Everybody Knows you're name here and we're always glad you came to spend time with us. (okay I'm mushy, guilty as charged, but I'm good with that!!)

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