Bush is a dry drunk

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Bush has admitted to heavy and chronic drinking when he was younger. It is also said that he used cocaine. Scientific studies indicate that heavy drug or alcohol use can trigger mental illness, and that some damage may be permanent.

Rumours have circulated that Bush behaves erratically, that he tends toward extreme attitudes, that he is prone to angry outbursts, that he is unable to answer questions without being briefed in advance, that he makes snap decisions without consulting advisers, that he says that his actions reflect the "will of God".

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http://www.counterpunch.org/wormer1011.html CounterPunch October 11, 2002 Addiction, Brain Damage and the President "Dry Drunk" Syndrome and George W. Bush by KATHERINE van WORMER

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uselections2004/story/0,13918,1244400,00.html Democrat shrink takes unflattering look into depths of Bush Julian Borger in Washington Tuesday June 22, 2004 The Guardian ... Justin Frank, a clinical professor of psychiatry at George Washington University, argues that the president's inclination to see the world in black-and-white, good-versus-evil terms, and his tendency to repeat favourite words and phrases under pressure, are not simply politics as usual, but classic symptoms of untreated alcoholism.

... http://www.harpercollins.com/catalog/book_xml.asp?isbn=0060736704 Bush On the Couch Inside the Mind of the President by Justin A. Frank, M.D Imprint: ReganBooks; ISBN: 0060736704; On Sale: 06/15/2004; ... Through a close analysis of Bush's public statements and behavior, as well as the historical record provided by journalists, biographers, and those who have known the president well, Frank traces the development of Bush's character ... Frank finds in Bush's childhood the roots of a dramatic psychic split that remains a dominant influence on his adult worldview. Frank argues that this split has inevitably hampered Bush's ability to manage his emotions, charging his psyche with restless anxiety, and conditioning him to view the world in the black-and-white terms that have so evidently shaped his administration. ...

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/gate/archive/2003/03/17/hsorensen.DTL Is Bush A 'Dry Drunk'? VIEW FROM THE LEFT

Harley Sorensen, Special to SF Gate

 Monday, March 17, 2003


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