"go cold turkey" = suddenly stop doing something that is usually a bad habit.

"drink like a fish" = drink alcohol excessively

"She tends to drink like a fish she gets together with her friends."

"drown one's sorrows" = drink to stop your unhappiness

"Trying to drown your sorrows in a bottle of whiskey won't solve your financial problems."

Alcoholics Anonymous

1. Pre-Listening Exercises  

Want to Tell People About This Listening Activity?

What are the causes and effects of alcoholism on families and society as a whole?

HELPFUL TIP : Drinking and driving don't mix. In fact, you can be charged with a DUI (driving under the influence) if you operate a motor vehicle in many places because you can cause accidents.

2. Listening Exercises
Listen to the conversation by pressing the play button and answer the questions.
1. What is one effect of Dave's alcoholism?
A. He is in danger of losing his job.
B. He gets his friends drunk.
C. He might lose his girlfriend.

2. Lisa thinks that Dave's friends __________.
A. are buying him alcohol illegally
B. are driving while drunk
C. are getting him to attend parties

3. According to Dave's sister, a good friend is a person who _____.
A. spends time with you in their free time
B. gives you money and other things you need
C. openly shares their opinions and thoughts

4. One of things that Dave can accomplish by attending Alcoholics Anonymous is to _________.
A. meet people dealing with similar problems
B. undergo free drug testing to check his progress
C. get professional medical advice

5. At the end of the conversation, Dave decides to _________.
A. seek professional help
B. continue his drinking habits
C. ignore his sister's advice


1. He might lose his girlfriend.
2. are getting him to attend parties
3. openly shares their opinions and thoughts
4. meet people dealing with similar problems
5. ignore his sister`s advice


Dave's Sister: Hey, Dave. Can we talk for a minute?

Dave: Sure about what? I'm kind of busy, but yeah . . .

Dave's Sister: Well, . . . .um, well, I'm not sure what to say, but um . . .

Dave: Come on. come on.

Dave's Sister: Well, . . .

Dave: What is it? I've never known my sister to be at a loss for words.

Dave's Sister: Well, you know Dave. I've got to be honest. I'm getting really, really concerned about your drinking.

Dave: What are you talking about?

Dave's Sister: Well, uh, it's . . .

Dave: Can't a person just have a few drinks without people getting on their case? I mean, first, Dad, then you!

Dave's Sister: Dave, Dave. No seriously. Listen, Dave. You're my brother. I love you, but you've had two DUIs, you lost your last job because you showed up drunk, your girlfriend's going to dump you because you're drinking too much. Dave.

Dave: You don't understand. I have it under control.

Dave's Sister: Dave, you don't.

Dave: That was the old me.

Dave's Sister: Dave. You got your last DUI three weeks ago. You can't keep doing this. Dave, you're going to kill someone.

Dave: I thought . . .

Dave's Sister: You might kill yourself.

Dave: I thought siblings there, were there to support each other, and that's not what you're doing right now.

Dave's Sister: Dave. I love you, and I'm trying to help you. I really care about you. And these friends that you hang out with . . . they're not friends. A friend is a person who is honest and frank with you, not these so-called buddies you've got that encourage you to go and buy booze for any old party.

Dave: You just know them like I don't. I mean . . .

Dave's Sister: I know them well enough. Come on. Wake up. These guys are dragging you down.

Dave: I've had enough.

Dave's Sister: No, no. Listen. The truth hurts; it stings. Listen. I know. I've seen what's happening to you, and look, there's . . .

Dave: You don't understand.

Dave's Sister: You know what? AA. Alcoholics Anonymous. You can go there and you can meet with other people, and they can help you be sober.

Dave: That's for people who have problems.

Dave's Sister: You've got problems, Dave. AA. There's no membership fees, anyone can attend, the meetings are very confidential. I'll even go with you. I'll help you. What do you say? Come on.

Dave: Right. Like I said, I'm in control. I just need more time to deal with this. It just takes a little bit more time.

Dave's Sister: Dave. How long? You can't do this alone. You're not doing it.

Dave: No, I'm done. You'll see, you'll see.

Dave's Sister: Dave, No. I can't . . . it'll kill me if there's another DUI, an accident, something, I'm really worried, Dave.

Dave: I'm done, I'm done. I don't want to talk about this anymore.

3. Post-Listening Exercises
How would you describe Dave's perception of his own drinking habits in the conversation? What kinds of negative effects might continue to happen if he doesn't alter his current course of behavior? Have you ever known anyone like Dave? How did things turn out for this individual?

4. Online Investigations   
If people struggle with alcohol addiction in your community, what resources are available to provide emotional support and effective treatment to this problem? What are the legal penalties for driving with intoxicated? Use the Internet to identify resources that can assist family and friends in fighting this addiction.

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