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Alcoholic Astronomer

16 Dec 2015, 20:00 UTC
Alcoholic Astronomer
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The below is a guest contribution from a regular reader of our blog who wishes to remain anonymous. It's been almost 12 years since I last drank alcohol. At this point most of my friends and colleagues have never seen me drink. When I first stopped drinking (probably because it was such a behavior change and I was in my early twenties) people asked me all the time why I wasn't drinking. These days, most people don't really seem to notice or care. But every once in a while, someone asks me why I'm not drinking. When they ask, I usually say one of the following (all of which are true): I don't like the way it effects me; I'm on a medication which conflicts with alcohol; alcoholism runs in my family; I just don't feel like drinking tonight. But sometimes (depending on my mood and how close I am with the person) I say the more honest answer: I used to drink and it was a problem. I find it easier to not drink at all than try to control my drinking.Anyone can be an alcoholic, even a PhD astronomer.Alcohol was my drug of choice for quite a long ...

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