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Drunks

CastRichard Lewis, Dianne Wiest, Faye Dunaway, Spalding Gray, Parker Posey, Liam Ahern
Year released1995
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Marty asks Jim, "When was the last time you spoke at a meeting?" (0:03)

Marty tells Tony, "Your sponsor’s in the kitchen." (0:03)

Tony tells Jim, "I’m nervous."
”I just wanna get wasted, man.”
Jim: ”So what, you’re an alcoholic.” (0:04)

Jim answers Marty, "’Cause I’m not in the mood."
”There are no rules in AA.”
”Then go... rent Apocalypse Now.” (0:07)

Jim: "Hi, I’m Jim, and I’m an alcoholic."
”I’ve been a drunk and a drug addict for 25 years, and I’m sick of it... that was the very first time and the only time that my father beat the shit out of me... I wasn’t even getting drunk anymore... I wasn’t even gettin’ high...That’s when I started doing heroin. I wasted ten years of my life, strung out... I knew about AA and all that shit. I had some real shit-faced neighbor of mine. He took me to a meeting... I thought it was for boozers, man... Do it on my own, man. Kick dope... She didn’t know that I was an alcoholic... I wasn’t druggin’ or anything... I guess I just freaked... she says, ‘I love you... but you’re going into rehab or I’m history.’... I was sober... A lot of you know, about eight months ago Janie died... I just want to get high... he said... go to a meeting... worked for me a day at a time.” (0:08)

Marty: "Keep comin’ back."
Rachel: ”My name is Rachel, and I’m an alcoholic and an addict.”
Tony: ”My name’s Tony, and I’m a drunk...”
Dennis: ”My name is Dennis, and I’m an alcoholic.” (0:14)

Jasmine tells Jim, "We got one day at a time..." (0:15)

Debbie: "Debbie, alcoholic: I got 90 days."
Charlie: ”... I’m an alcoholic.” (0:15)

Terry: "... I’m an alcoholic."
”... I’m confused about my anniversary because I’m not sure I should count the days that I was tied up in a straitjacket or not.”
Joseph: ”... drug addict, alcoholic. By the grace of God, one day at a time, I got two years.” (0:16)

Shelley: "... I’m an alcoholic... my mother... I would like to get her... chocolate-covered Valium...a good hit of ecstasy... I survived alcoholism... I’m shaking like crazy." (0:17)

Jim: "It’s the first drink that gets you drunk." (0:22)

Joseph: "... 2 years ago today I had my last drink, my last blackout... done got picked up for drunk driving... my wife... she’s worried... I am feeling... crazy tonight... Jim freaked the... out of me... now I’m afraid I’m gonna do something crazy to somebody... if I hadn’t of been a... blackout alcoholic, none of this would’ve happened." (0:22)

Liquor store clerk Harry: "You’re a... pain in the ass drunk, Jim." (0:27)

Tony tells Shelley, referring to Jim, "I’m worried, you know? I’m worried about him." (0:28)

Francine: "... I got a drinking problem. I’m also a spend-aholic... I’m such a people-pleaser... this is a selfish program... Since I’ve been coming to AA I haven’t been to any parties... Last week I was at a meeting... I wasn’t that bad of an alcoholic... sometimes I think I’m not really an alcoholic at all..." (0:28)

Jim drinks. (0:30)

AA member, referring to her brother Malik: "... he had his belt tied around his arm, and he was shooting up... I used to steal her needles, too, when I was using... that’s just my alcoholic talking... I do know that I wanna die sober..." (0:31)

Debbie: "You wanna talk about bad blackouts?... I was married in a blackout... it took me two and a half years to get 90 days of sobriety... I was pissed off I didn’t... party with Janis Joplin... I wanted to be Janis Joplin so bad... I started doing physical things to relieve the stress... I freaked, I freaked... I met some people... who were active... users in the ‘60s... I could be the Janis Joplin... I’ll just be her, clean and sober... " (0:37)

Becky, referring to her son: "His therapist... thinks that maybe he should go live with his father... When I got sober, I made a secret vow to myself... that I would stay sober as long as Steven was there, and I did, one day at a time... I used him to stay sane when I was drinking... to get sober and stay sober... The trouble was that I was drunk... four-year-old boy cuddling... with a drunken mother... why do I have to be powerless... go to AA... It's an instinct for Christ’s sake... I’m a sober mother..." (0:41)

Carol: "... I’m an alcoholic." (0:46)

Rachel: "... I had been stealing Demerol from my patients for about two years... the hospital put me in detox, and they put me in rehab, and they put me in a halfway house with other doctors like me... I stayed straight, stayed clean. I stayed sober... patients who are always needing me... when I was taking Demerol and Scotch... I have not done the work of AA... I need help to get back to my sponsor..." (0:52)

Louis Tingley: "... I don’t think I’m an alcoholic... I’m really not a drunk. I’m not a sober either... it’s not that I don’t know what sober is... I come from a long line of sober people. When they’re drunk, they’re sober. Most of them are a little drunk every night after five... I’m a hophead... I need... a singing superego to top me from rushing off to the bar... " (0:58)

Jim tells another bar patron, "I’m an alcoholic... I went to that... AA shit... I wanna... get loaded, and I can’t. It’s driving me... nuts... I am getting loaded tonight..."
”I got sober, and my wife... died.” (1:03)

Woman: "Do any of you ever feel like you’d rather be dead than be sober?... this morning. I drank. I had a shot. I smoked a joint... I didn’t black out... I was gonna go out, and I was gonna get drunk tonight..." (1:05)

Jim accosts a man dressed as a woman. (1:09)

The woman tells Becky, "I’m sorry I acted out."
Becky: ”Been making meetings?”
”Got a sponsor?”
Woman: ”Yeah, I have a sponsor. I have an idiot for a sponsor. I have myself.”
Becky: ”You can’t sponsor yourself.”
”I’m just a garden-variety drunk...” (1:10)

Jim buys from a drug dealer. (1:12)

Louis tells Jasmine, "... I’m actually not an alcoholic."
Jasmine: ”At meetings.” (1:13)

Woman: "My name is Kathy, and I’m an alcoholic... not knowing if I was... an alcoholic... blackouts and everything... I need to stop drinking..."
Marty: ”All you have to have to come here is a desire to stop drinking...” (1:14)

Marty: "Let’s end the meeting with a moment of silence... followed by the Serenity Prayer."
After the Serenity Prayer, all the members ”Keep coming back. It works if you work it.” (1:16)

Jim tells bartender Rich, "I stopped drinking, and I become the ideal... husband... and then the little lady dies... Pity the poor sober martyr."
”I might’ve been sober, okay... I was sober...” (1:20)

A man sees Jim with paraphernalia. He says, "Hey, Rich,... guy is shooting heroin in your bar." (1:23)

Toby: "... I’m a drunk, I got three days now."
”Hi, I’m Freddy. I’m an alcoholic... one day at a time.”
”My name is Lucy. I’m cross-addicted...”
”My name is Tom. I’m an alcoholic and a pothead...”
”Jim. I’m an alcoholic. I drank last night...” (1:24)

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