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  1. SC says:

    I gotta disagree with you on this, and not just because I live in a state where alcohol has always been sold in the grocery store.

    According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, just over 7% of the population, at any given time, has an alcohol use disorder. This means that just under 93% of Americans drink responsibly.

    By comparison, roughly 7% of the population has an eating disorder of some sort. This means that just under 93% of Americans eat responsibly.

    Should we also restrict laxatives and Oreos to special stores because 7% of Americans may abuse them or be triggered by them? Does it make more sense for stores to position themselves to attract the 93% or the 7%?

    While I sympathize with your desire to avoid in-your-face alcohol promotion, I would hardly consider alcohol sitting inertly on grocery store shelves to be ‘in your face.’ And, despite your assertion to the contrary, there is no such thing as “picking up alcohol without thinking about it.” We are in charge of our brains and hands and wallets. Buying anything is a choice. And even though I’m a non-drinker myself, I would rather be in charge of making that choice instead of the government making that choice for me.

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    1. Thank you for your comment.

      There used to be separate stores for almost everything. People did not sell food and tires, underwear, and beer all together. The only reason they were combined is so that the companies could make MORE money – I mean isn’t this why we even have such a thing as a super Walmart?
      And yes there is such a thing as “picking up alcohol without thinking about it.” It happened to me several times. I am an alcoholic who has been sober for 7+ years now and it is often, still hard to have the temptation right in front of me. So if I don’t have to be around alcohol, I don’t ever put myself there. However, being asked if I want to sample wine at the front door of the grocery store is a bit much! This happens all the time around where I live. And, I have never seen anyone pushing Oreo’s or laxatives on people as they enter the grocery stores.

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  2. Lisa Wallace says:

    I agree that the beer and wine aisles, which appear like canyons of alcohol to the alcoholic, are triggering. I drank and drugged for years before entering recovery 12 years ago. My last few years, I exclusively smoked vast amounts of marijuana. Pot is rarely in your face like alcohol. But when I had a jones (always) and no pot, I managed to seek it out.

    There is absolutely no way grocery stores will stop selling alcohol. At least they restrict it generally 2 aisles, and you can try to avert your eyes as you get your food. Every time I have to do that, I admit that I am thinking, really, people still want this poison, with all the harm it does? But I’m not “normal” when it comes to any kind of drug.

    But I can’t imagine, being in early recovery from marijuana addiction, and having to face an aisle of specialty or craft weed, packaged up all nice, just inviting me in. But I never tried that one! is what I’d say.

    Maybe, especially in early recovery, we need to take a recovery buddy to the store with us. Someone who understands, and can keep our focus on the food. The world does not revolve around the alcoholic and addict. We always have to look out for ourselves and each other.

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    1. My husband and I talked about what if pot was legalized and it was sold like cigarettes in grocery stores… OMG, he said we’d have to move to another planet! LOL!

      I just don’t trust myself in a way – just because alcohol ruined my life, doesn’t mean that I didn’t like the affect it had on me and how I felt – that is a part of the appeal still, and my mind misses that sometimes, but I don’t ever want to chance it, or ever go back.

      And I do agree, companies will never stop selling it whenever they can – alcohol has a very high profit margin! So that is not going away, but maybe the stores can be more considerate! Right?!

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  3. I’m just disappointed, we had them separate for so long why change that now. Promoting it at the doors is a bit much, you don’t see cigarettes promoted like that. I know for personal experience that when the alcohol was more readily available my father would keep going to buy more and get worst and worst. However, when we lived farther away from a location that sold alcohol it wasn’t as bad.

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