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Subject: Greetings, Fool! Date: 6/18/2000 5:48 PM
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Fools,

Our good friend Tom Gardner requested the Quitting Smoking board over 11,000 posts ago. It's helped many people battle that addiction, and he thought a similar board for Quitting Drinking could be just as successful. I'm in total agreement, and we hope you are too. The words Tom wrote to kick off the QS board are just as relevant here:

"I'm glad we launched this discussion board because I know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that by creating a public discussion about this, we can all help at least one person quit. Obviously, we hope for more than that.

"Now, I'm totally ignorant on this subject (oh, and how many others!) but I remember reading somewhere that something like 90% of the smokers that quit did so cold turkey.

"If that's true, it seems to match up with a conversation I had with an accomplished doctor -- on the subject of addiction. I'll probably incorrectly state what he said -- but I think I'm close. His opinion was that addiction is actually 99.9% a mental challenge and 0.1% a physical challenge.

"He surprised me by saying that the human body can physically overcome any addiction within two weeks (is that possible?) but that the habits of the brain are a battle to beat. If I understood him correctly, within fourteen days, the body is motoring along, regenerating, free of reliance on addictive substances. Is that true? And if so, what does it mean about quitting?

"I wish everyone who is trying to quit the best of luck. I wish I could offer more than that. Fool on!

Tom"

Best,
Richard
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