Nov 252011

Question by sinamore1966: What is the penalty for a minor not completing alcohol awareness couse?
My son took alcohol to school. In Texas. Was fined 1.00 and told to complete alcohol awareness course within 90 days. No courses available locally. Online courses very expensive. DADAP courses cheaper but have to ask judge if acceptable. Community service would be ideal instead, but judge advised that she is still looking for a community service location and one may not be found.
Any advise will be greatly appreciated!!!!
He is 14 years old.

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Answer by djr92
If you do not take the course, your son could be charged with contempt for not following a court order. This could incur community service, fines, or time in a juvenile facility in addition to still being required to complete the course.

However, there are over 500 juvenile alcohol awareness classes in TX and I highly doubt that none are in your area.

Go to and scroll down to “Alcohol Education Program for Minors” and you can pull up the list.

What do you think? Answer below!

Aug 302011

Question by thirtynothing1: Can hypnosis enhance recall of events that occured during a alcohol induced blackout?
Can hypnosis help someone remember what happened when they were extremely intoxicated with alcohol and do not remember anything that happened for approximately 3-6 hours?

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Answer by TobyF
I doubt hypnosis would be useful in this case. Hypnosis can help retrieve things you used to remember. Alcohol seems to stop memories being formed in the first place. If the person has sketchy memories hypnosis might help.

If this in any way involves obtaining evidence that might used in court, the hypnosis should only by done by someone qualified in forensic hypnosis. You should also check with the police before having it done.

As an alternative, were there any CCTV recordings in the area the person was in?

Add your own answer in the comments!

Mar 082011

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There are many, many different religious teachings and practices worldwide, and religious teachings in rehab. Nearly all of these religions and “methods of rehab” share the same point of view as regards the abuse of drugs and alcohol.  Most religions suggest to us that there are forces beyond our understanding, and that these “evil” forces tempt man into using drugs and alcohol. They somehow know that pain and suffering from abuse of drugs and alcohol – or, it is more to “get back at God”, thereby paving the way to darkness for man. The solution to drugs and alcohol, according to rehab and religion (and this is not so true nowadays as it was once perhaps), is to closely adhere to the “word of religion”, and to rehab, and to direct oneself in accordance with one’s faith in such a way as to subdue and overcome temptation associated with drugs and alcohol, and drive the evil forces that lay behind such attempts back to Hell! (The above example adheres probably more to the Christian religion than anything.)

A handful of religions do make use of drugs and alcohol, and they are used in certain religious ceremonies. This has next to nothing to do with addiction to drugs and alcohol, or rehab! Religious and rehab teachings in general would have us believe that giving into the temptation to use and/or abuse drugs and alcohol is to succumb to the power of evil forces, and that in giving into such temptation to abuse drugs and alcohol is to, at the same time, embark upon an anti-rehab journey into the realms of the wicked; it is to stray from the Word of God, and His teachings.

To me, and to the rehab point of view in general, it is not really important as to whether or not “evil forces” are the ones’ responsible for any persons’ headlong fall into the dark world of drugs and alcohol! Regardless of “who”, or “what”, is responsible for why a person begins to abuse drugs and alcohol to the detriment of their “normal” way of doing things, addiction to drugs and alcohol in itself is a predicament; a phenomenon whose nature and cycle, and the effects of that cycle, are relatively simple to understand separate from religious teachings, and rehab.

It is beyond the scope of this article to debate the various religious and/or rehab beliefs and practices worldwide as regards drugs and alcohol; it is also beyond the scope of this article to explain various and proposed religious and rehab ties to the occult interpretation of many religious practices, and practice in the occult arts itself, where drugs and alcohol are concerned. MYSTICISM, MAGICK, and OCCULT PRACTICES IN GENERAL ARE ENTIRELY ABOUT THE APPLICATION OF SELF OBSERVANCE, AND REQUIRE AN EXTREME APPLICATION OF SELF-DISCIPLINE. THESE PRACTICES, UNLIKE REHAB, ARE DESIGNED TO BRING ABOUT A GREATER LEVEL OF SELF AWARENESS IN THE INTEREST OF ATTAINING KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUE SELF TO THE END OF ATTAINING PEACE WITH THAT SELF, AND WITH GOD.

Unlike rehab, early on in the study of the occult sciences, a student is required to observe certain practices designed to help him or her gain a greater level of self awareness. Use of drugs and alcohol is not forbidden. Many of these exercises develop both the physical body as well as the mind. In the case of “obsession” with drugs and alcohol, which is one way that addiction is defined in terms of occult terminology, the student is required to observe how any form of obsession, even obsession with drugs and alcohol, weighs upon the rest of the life, and how it upsets both the life and the Will. This is both similar and different from the views of rehab.


How do you know if you are addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, and if you need rehab? How do you know if you are an addict, and/or addicted to other things as well, and need rehab? Quite simply: you will find that you cannot effectively manage your life while using (or more correctly, abusing) drugs and alcohol. Whether it is drugs and alcohol, or a behavior, or even an obsessive thought, and/or behavioral pattern; if it upsets your other daily activities this often suggests addiction, and rehab or spiritual practices are a suggested course of action. Keep in mind, also, that even though you may be able to manage your use of drugs and alcohol well enough while living within the confines of an addictive cycle, you can still be “addicted” to drugs and alcohol, and could benefit from rehab or occult studies and practices.

For rehab, and for drugs and alcohol, might I first suggest attending either an Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous meeting in your area? Maybe even rehab? (Nowadays, there are also Twelve Step Meetings for other addictions as well aside from drugs and alcohol.) Should you ultimately find that rehab and/or these solutions do not work for you, there are other views and methodologies on drug and alcohol addiction that you might also want to investigate.

For rehab, Twelve Step Programs essentially require that you, in some way, arrive at an honest assessment of your life’s predicament with drugs and alcohol, and seek help by giving up your own methods and approaches to treating your drug and alcohol addiction, mentally and physically. Alternatively, you might want to enlist yourself into the sororities and fraternities of the Hermetic Society of the Golden Dawn, or even read all of Aleister Crowley’s works, and undertake a “magickal retirement” to “rehab” yourself and arrest your problems with drugs and alcohol.

Adopting a motto, a magickal name, and endeavoring to discover your True Self are requirements that are set early on in your occult training. As in rehab sometimes, you are also required to keep a daily journal, later a dream diary; and you are required to adhere to certain daily practices more out of self-discipline than anything. Observing yourself, as regards use of drugs and alcohol, writing of your feelings, your goals, and your struggles, and your rehab, are all helpful. Learning to meditate, to breathe correctly, to pray, to ask questions; to practice Yoga, to gain self-control, and to eventually master elements of your own physical body and mind, and your obsession with drugs and alcohol, are further requirements for success in these Paths. Addiction to drugs and alcohol is assessed and conquered often in the early stages of development, and both rehab and therapy of some form is often suggested.

Again, it is beyond the scope of this article to “put you onto the path of recovery and rehab” from drugs and alcohol, so to speak. Please visit our FREE Section to download E-Books, Audio Books, Films, Documentaries, and much more on drugs and alcohol, rehab, Twelve Step Recovery Programs, and Occult selections written by many, many great authors and authoresses from ancient times up to the present.

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Funding The Proposed Change

Based on an extensive three-year study on mental health and addiction, the Committee determined that it will cost .36 billion over a 10-year period for this mental health system upgrade. Where will these funds come from? According to the Committee, the revenue will come from raising the excise tax on alcoholic drinks by 5 cents per drink.

Part of the rationale for the 5-cent increase per drink was obviously the goal of raising the needed funds for the proposed changes in the mental health system. Another justifying factor for the price increase, however, was the fact that since each alcoholic drink will cost more, Canadians will be more inclined to drink lower-alcohol products such as beer and wine instead of liquor.

Let’s Do the Math

At first glance, this proposal seems to make sense. Why shouldn’t those who drink help finance a program that will provide them with a better mental health system? Why not let those who are part of the “problem” become part of the “solution”? This logic seems sound until you do the math. If .36 billion is needed to help finance the upgraded mental health system, then how many drinks will have to be consumed in a ten-year period to reach .36 billion dollars? The answer: 107,200,000,000 drinks. That’s 107 billion, 200 million drinks.

To arrive at how many drinks this is per year, all we have to do is divide this number by 10 (for the ten-year program) and the result is 10,720,000,000. This is still a huge number that fortunately can be “massaged” even more. According to The World Factbook website, the population of Canada was estimated to be 33 million people in 2006. Dividing 10,720,000,000 by 33,000,000 equals 325. Putting this in terms that the average person can understand, every man, woman, and child in Canada will have to consume 325 alcoholic drinks per year for the next ten years to finance the new mental health system! Simply put, these numbers are not realistic.

More Flaws

The “logic” of this proposed mental health program also breaks down when it is examined more deeply. For instance, why would people drink lower-alcohol products such as beer if the increased excise tax applies to all alcoholic drinks? To help understand this better, let’s use an example. Let’s say that the average shot in Canada currently costs .00 and the average beer costs .00. Based on the proposed price increase, if Joe drinks an average of 5 shots per week, his weekly average alcohol expenditure will be .25. When the numbers are calculated, this figures out to be 1.7% more than Joe would have spent before the proposed tax increase. Let’s do a similar exercise with beer. Based on the projected price increase, if Pete drinks an average of 5 beers per week, his weekly average alcohol expenditure will be .25. When the numbers are calculated, this figures out to be 5% more than Pete would have spent before the proposed tax increase. The point: since the proposed price increase affects higher-alcohol products (such as shots) proportionately less than their lower-alcohol counterparts (such as beer), why would Canadians switch to lower-alcohol products?

Alcohol and Mental Health

Another question. What if tens of thousands of Canadians, realizing that drinking alcohol is not good for their “mental health,” significantly reduce their alcohol intake or quit drinking alcoholic beverages altogether? Where will the money come from to offset this lack of revenue? In a similar manner, what if thousands upon thousands of Canadians who drink alcoholic beverages decide that they don’t want to pay the extra excise tax and, as a result, stop drinking alcoholic beverages? If this happens, where will the government get the money needed to transform the mental health system? In other words, does the Canadian government have a realistic “plan B” for this major transformation?

A Logical Contradiction

From a different perspective, isn’t it rather ironic that those who drink alcoholic beverages will pay for the revamped mental health system? Isn’t there a contradiction in logic somewhere in this proposal? Stated differently, if tens of thousands of Canadians have mental illnesses or are addicted to alcohol or drugs, wouldn’t the government want Canadians to drink LESS alcohol in order to reduce the existing alcohol abuse, alcoholism, and alcohol-related mental health problems? Yet according to the current mental health proposal, from strictly a financial standpoint, it would appear that the Canadian government is banking the entire mental health system upgrade on historical data that strongly suggests that Canadians will continue to drink at their current or even higher levels of consumption.

Budgetary Miscalculations

What happens, for instance, if there are cost overruns in the proposed mental health system? There are, of course, two “easy” solutions to this problem: increase the excise tax on each drink or motivate Canadians to drink even more alcoholic beverages. Either “solution,” however, is predicated on the fact that in order to “work,” the upgraded mental health system needs to be funded by Canadians who continue to drink alcoholic beverages.


It appears logical to conclude that the Canadian mental health system is in need of a major overhaul. As with most comprehensive government programs, however, the issue of funding becomes a major obstacle to overcome. The proposed Canadian mental health system upgrade is no exception. Based on the reasons given above, it seems obvious that the Canadian government needs to come up with alternate sources of revenue generation for this worthwhile project. Indeed, to point out one of the major “flaws” in the current proposal, consider the following question: When is more drinking a “good thing?” Answer: when it finances a nationwide mental health system upgrade. Something tells me that Andy Rooney from “60 Minutes” would have a lot of fun with this.

Copyright 2007 – Denny Soinski. All Rights Reserved Worldwide. Reprint Rights: You may reprint this article as long as you leave all of the links active, do not edit the article in any way, and give the author credit.

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