18. Chemical Concussions
After group I asked Marjorie what brought her to rehab.
She said, “My husband and I were getting drunk with my son’s football coach. Coach and I were working on a campaign to prevent brain injuries. Players knew he didn’t care if they got hammered after a win. They also knew you couldn’t call what the coaches and parents did to celebrate ‘social drinking.’ Did you know severe binges are like chemical concussions? That their effects add up? I didn’t know that until recently. How could I tell the kids about head injuries without feeling like a hypocrite? And believe me, I really want to protect them from anything that will hurt them down the road.”
Today I will do what I can to prevent head injuries.
Sober Not Somber © 2015 by Ken Montrose
(Just a reminder: Sober Not Somber is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to anyone you might know is purely coincidental.)