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Meeting DescriptionThe meeting I observed was an open speaker meeting in Burbank CA at 3217 Winona Avenue at 1130 AM on Sunday Some people had their set spots and others moved around the room to get closer or further away The composition was largely 45 older white adults mostly male There were younger folks around 25-30 but were definitely of the minorityStory Jellineks CurveD was the main speaker who happened to be from my old neighborhood He proceeded to talk about the In N Out 3 minutes from my house the continuation high school across the street from my old apartment and driving the length of Ventura Boulevard All in all D was a decent guy He was around my dads age and spoke about his struggle with blacking out staying sober and finding tips and tricks to stay clean like bringing his own water to parties so he could more easily turn down alcoholic beverage offers from peopleFollowing Jellineks model Ds prealcoholic symptomatic phase started out with drinking and taking drugs because it was cool and available to him McNeece DiNitto 2012 As with the first stage he had to drink more and more to get the same effects as when he first started drinking McNeece DiNitto 2012D also described blacking out and coming to while driving somewhere who knows where going north on the freeway which is the beginning of the prodromal phase McNeece DiNitto 2012 Another time when he blacked out and came to he got into an accident and wrecked the other car Even though he was completely drunk he still ended up giving that family a ride homeThe third phase crucial was when D began to lose complete control over drinking McNeece DiNitto 2012 D could not drink his beers down fast enough and started drinking in the morning part to get the day started and part to relieve the hangover from the night before
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