Alcoholic Murmurs by Brian Looney
Through part one of the story, readers are shown the downward spiral of an alcoholic as they struggle to deal with their addiction. The unnamed main character argues with their own self if they have had enough to drink, and if there is any way for them to quit. They rage at AA’s methods of control, wistfully debating if the high of another drink is worth the binge that inevitably follows. Later, the changes in the mental state of the alcoholic are explored, including the loneliness and suicidal thoughts that come from quitting cold-turkey are explored. In part two, the narrative shifts between an advisory tone and more description of what the addict is feeling. The exploration of sensations continues with disorientation of the addict’s own apartment, the need to go on a binger, and what the alcoholic thinks about while attending AA meetings.
Publication: June 7, 2017
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