Attending: Hello, Mr. Johnson.
Mr. Johnson: Hey – I’ve got more doctors than I know what to do with.
Attending: Sounds like you had a pretty rough night Friday.
Mr. Johnson: I suppose. But hey, the doc here she saved my life – not that it’s worth anything.
Attending: You sound discouraged.
Mr. Johnson: I suppose. Hey - can I go home now?
Attending: Well, things appear to have stabilized. Mind if I ask you a couple of questions?
Mr. Johnson: Here we go again.
Attending: Sounds like you’ve been drinking pretty heavily.
Mr. Johnson: I suppose – but not like my friends – now they’re really heavy drinkers.
Attending: In a typical week, how many days do you drink something?
Mr. Johnson: I drink every day, unless I’m sick.
Attending: How many drinks on a typical day?
Mr. Johnson: A 12-pack, a few shots, sometimes more, sometimes less.
Attending: So shall we say 15 to 18?
Mr. Johnson: 15 sounds about right.
Attending: And you’ve been through treatment a couple of times?
Mr. Johnson: Yeah, DWIs – I’ve been through the Mickey Mouse – didn’t do any good though.
Attending: Has Dr. Cantor told you that your liver disease and GI bleeds are from the drinking?
Mr. Johnson: She mentioned it. No big surprise, though. I don’t drink for my health.
Attending: What do you think about that?
Mr. Johnson: Well, it scared me pretty good.
Attending: Are you willing to consider quitting?
Mr. Johnson: Hey, I like to drink – how about if we just cut back a little?
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