Recently, we were contacted by CJ Fleming, a graduate student at Clark University in Worcester, MA. She is seeking volunteers to participate in a survey she is conducting on couples and alcohol use. CJ is currently working on her dissertation, which focuses on the spouse’s role in a person’s decision to seek help for alcohol use issues. The study is designed for married couples for whom alcohol use is an area of disagreement in their marriage, and is intended for people at all levels of alcohol intake.
This study has been approved by the Clark Committee for the Rights of Human Participants in Research and Training Programs (IRB). Any questions about human rights issues should be directed to the IRB Chair, Dr. James P. Elliott, 508-793-7152, firstname.lastname@example.org. The study is being conducted by C.J. Fleming, M.A. and James Cordova, Ph.D. in the Psychology Department at Clark University. Please feel free to contact the researcher ( email@example.com ) or the research supervisor ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) with any questions or concerns.
After coming across a recent article in U. Conn’s on-line newspaper, The Daily Campus, we realized it’s time to address this question, this topic, this who’s-going-to-take-reponsibility-for-their-behavior issue of college drinking and sex. College may be far back in the past for some of us, or maybe we (read: you) are still there, but either way, we want to know…
As some of you may remember, I once wrote a post about how I do not drink on Mondays. Recently, I heard from a colleague who felt she needed to take a break from drinking for a month, a neighbor who put away the wine for a week–but only lasted four days–and from a friend who explained that she always starts the new year off with a booze-free January. So we’re wondering about you?
In response to our readers’ interest in yesterday’s post on recent sleep research–what can help and what to avoid pre-slumber–we invite you to take our poll and let us know what helps you. And if there’s something not on the list that makes it easier for you to fall asleep, we’d love to know so just choose “other” and add it in…
Not to be celebrity-obsessed or anything, but Mel Gibson’s drunk, evil alter-ego has done it again–ranting, raving, and abusing his ex-girlfriend, the mother of one of his children. One wonders what his rock bottom will be: murder? Which brings to mind the question: Since celebs seem to get away with so much, do alcoholic celebs have to hit a lower low than mere mortal alcoholics to be called out on their behavior. His agent’s dropped him. His reputation is in tatters. What next?
Usually, abusers hide under many layers of denial, but this time, Mel Gibson’s been caught. On tape. Acknowledging to his ex that he hit her, using the “but you deserved it” line.
It’s hard not to feel like bashing Mel Gibson, after all the nasty things he’s said to and about so many people. But still, underneath all those hideous words lies the spectre of alcoholism. Sad, but true.
Which brings me to my next question: Have you ever been verbally or physically abused by a lover who was drunk? Take our anonymous poll.