My name is Anne, I'm an alcoholic,
I was given this "heads-up" when I first came into the program & was so grateful for this piece of advice:
Watch out for the Christmas treats, liquer filled chocolates, baking done w/ brandy, etc. If it's home-made, the person who made it always, or usually always likes to "advertize" how they made such a beautiful creation, so ask the person how they did it/what they put in it? If you're not wanting others to know you're in AA/not drinking, it's easy to skirt around finding out what's in a treat. Then what if they watch ya to see if ya try it or not? That's easy, too...say you just ate & you'll try one later. If they ask ya later if you tried one, can always say it's spectacular--not a lie, cuz--surely, the creation is spectacular.
Last year, at a meeting, there was a girl at a meeting who, she began to speak & was absolutely beside herself, as this was something that she'd never thought of. She was at a staff Christmas party, another person had inadvertantly passed around a bowl of chocolates, this girl took one, & as soon as she bit into it, she could taste the rum...she swallowed it--& the feelin' she got was that warm...relaxed neck muscles...the thought of spitting it out never occured to her. Her talking about it reminded me of the "reminder" I got when I first came in...cuz I came in in Nov., right before the holidays. When it was my turn to share, although I s'pose there was no need to apologize, but I did anyway, to her, cuz this was
something that was shared w/ me...I'd just forgotten about it. In my own opinion only
...this was something of importance that should be shared at meetings around holiday time, cuz it might just be somethin' we don't think of, or think about.
Easy Does It, kids,