As a singer, I solo a number,
by the 1960’s group The Box Tops.
Take a listen!
Extremely deluxe song and one you must know!
And one, that if you do know,
you will be happy to have your memory joggled.
While I would love to sit and muse about music turns out this post is about an actual letter that I sent well over a month ago.
My letter was addressed to Mother’s Against Drunk Driving Canada (MADD).
It was posted in late September from our local drug store post office.
Before you offer that perhaps the letter was never received I must say that I sent a 3 page letter to three (3) different individuals with MADD Canada.
I found their names on their online directory.
- Andrew Murie – Chief Executive Officer MADD Canada
- Deb Kelly – Communications Manager
- Rachel Tymochenko – Development and Marketing Coordinator
I have waited patiently for a response to my letter.
(I will not print it here but here is a link to the letter in its entirety).
MADD carries a complete line of fake alcohol products.
Virgin white wine, virgin red wine, virgin Pina Colada, virgin Margarita, virgin mojito and a hefty lager beer! (My particular Nemesis…).
Okay, right off the hop,
(please excuse the avoidable pun),
USE FAUX instead of the remarkably inane qualifier “VIRGIN”?
Faux means false or imitation.
: a person who has not had sexual intercourse
: a person who does not have experience in a particular activity, job, etc.
While I considered writing to MADD, I analyzed some potential reasons as to why their organization might be motivated to offer pretend liquor.
1) MADD views their product offering of fake liquor as a form of”Public Service” and/or some form of aid to non-drinkers or those in addiction recovery?
Perhaps filling a need we “Alkies” have to stay in touch with our beloved beverage, especially during the holidays.
We yearn to return to our REASON for the Season! Be back in with you drinkers somehow. Be reinstated.
2) MADD believes that their large organization’s line of fake LIQUOR is in some way helping with DRUNK driving?
It isn’t helping.
Drinking liquor causes you to get drunk. Being drunk makes you do stupid things –
Like driving while drunk.
Fake liquor just tempts fate and pokes the Tiger of addiction.
3) MADD is against drunk driving YET they have no problem promoting the “Look” alcohol gives you!
It looks like real booze…only you know it is fake.
You can carry your alcohol free Chardonnay and still turn heads?
I can’t tell your stuff is fake from a distance so it looks like you are selling real wine and beverages.
It tastes good too.
Good for you…I guess…
Although I thought you guys were Anti-Alcohol?
I guess you are just against people driving while drunk…
not doing everything else?
The money from sales of the Virgin product line pays to support their continued work
with whatever they do.
The thing is…
I have a BIG problem with that as they claim to be an anti-alcohol lobby group.
I am so concerned, that as a recovering alcoholic and as someone who really knows how precious being sober is I thought I might point something out to them.
Fake wine caused me to relapse from 17 years of sobriety.
I thought there was “NO harm” as there was no booze in the bottle.
Turns out it wasn’t just the booze I was hooked on… I was hooked on the Entire Alcohol Package.
Was it specifically MADD wine?
It was some white wine we had at a dinner party.
That was in 2008.
In two short years I completely lost everything I had.
Most importantly I lost my sense of person-hood.
Why this blog is a chronicle of my life and my struggles through being a Bi-Polar artist who is a hopeless drunk.
Read on and on and on McDuff,
my life’s an open blog.
I had no idea that the experience of opening the bottle, getting glasses and pouring the wine out was a great enough trigger to cause my subsequent relapse…
I started to fixate on it all tasted so good except…
A week later-
went back for the hit and fell helpless and hopelessly back into serious alcoholism.
I put my family through hell.
It took me over two years to recover my health. .
I wrote them as they said they were a group of concerned “Mothers”
As such I thought they would be, as a collective, informed, contemporary and hopefully
For my experience has shown mothers to have their fair share of wisdom and sage advice.
As the mother of five daughters
I saw a need to mention an issue.
So, thanks anyway MADD.
I ask at this the advent of the holiday season that you not offer fake liquor to any addict in recovery without saying that sometimes de-alcoholized products can cause relapse.
Just steer clear and
listen to MADD drive safely!