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

"Phil tried to go cold turkey on his drinking addiction, but he couldn't stay away from stuff."

"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."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Alcoholics Anonymous
I. Pre-Listening Exercises
II. Listening Exercises
III. Vocabulary
IV. Post-Listening Exercises
V. Online Investigations

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difficultdrinkingconversationman and woman2:23

I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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.


II. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the conversation by pressing the play button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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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

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III. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

IV. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
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?

V. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
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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