Alcoholism is no longer a word that we shamefully hide because we now know that it is a disease that not everyone can be cured of. We need help from others.

If you have had an experience with alcoholism or have lived with someone who has; if someone else's alcoholism has affected your life in any way, share your experiences with people who know what you're going through.

Feel free to write your experiences the way you wish. You can use your own ideas, or use the questions below as a guide. In the event you use a question, you should only answer that question. You may also answer several questions in separate entries and allow us to choose the best one for the book. Whatever your preference, only a maximum of 2,000 characters will be published.

Click on the question you wish to answer:

How did you become dependent on alcohol?
In what ways did you deny the fact that you had a problem with alcohol?
In what way did alcoholism affect your life?
When did you finally accept that you had a problem with alcohol?
Why do you refuse to stop drinking even though you know it is a problem?
Who helped you understand your problem and deal with it?
How did your friends and family help you win your battle with alcohol?
What was your experience like with Alcoholics Anonymous or other organizations?
What was the most difficult part of winning your battle with alcohol?
Have you ever felt that you wouldn't be able to beat the disease? Why or why not?
Have you ever felt that you had beaten the disease? Why or why not?
How did your problem with alcohol affect your family and friends?
How have you affected the life of someone special to you?
How has an alcoholic affected your life?
What lesson did you learn from being an alcoholic or living with one?
How have you benefited from leaving alcohol behind?
What would you say to someone who has a problem with alcohol?
How would you help someone who still does not accept the fact that he or she is an alcoholic?
I want to tell my story my way.

Your story or anecdote will be published under a pseudonym or your real name followed by your age, city, state or province, and country in parentheses. Example: Susan Donaldson (age 44, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA). It is your choice to use your name or not. However, for administrative purposes, you will need to give contact information. This information is kept confidential. This information will not be published or shared with anyone under any circumstance, unless you instruct us otherwise in writing. See Participation Requirements for more information.

100 Plus TRUE STORIES: Alcoholism is a book that will be published under the Cambridge BrickHouse Books (CBH Books) label. This book will form part of the 100 Plus TRUE STORIES series. The objective of this series is to collect and share life experiences so that readers may identify with and/or learn from them.

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© 2006 CBH. 100 Plus True Stories is an original idea of Cambridge BrickHouse, Inc.