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Scared straight

Dear Amy: While the advice you gave to the despairing relative of an alcoholic was good, an even better approach is to take this family member to the hospital and let him watch somebody go through delirium tremens. As a nurse in an intensive care unit, I’ve seen many alcoholics die horrible deaths. Watching this helped me realize that I was an alcoholic, and I’ve been dry for a year and a half.

Amy says: I give you a ton of credit for letting your experiences influence you in this positive way. Although I appreciate the spirit of your response, a person can’t just bring a stranger into the ICU to watch someone suffer.

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