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Monday, July 9, 2012

Starbucks Now Offers Alcohol In Some Locales

On June 30, 2012, we read this Chicago Tribune headline: Schaumburg Starbucks now offers beer, wine alongside coffee drinks. This news might be welcomed to the average Starbucks's customer; however, if you are a member of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) you might find this news startling, even disheartening. For more than four decades Starbucks has been serving coffee and various food items to patrons, starting first in Seattle and branching out to locations across the United States and in 1996 it began its worldwide expansion to 58 foreign countries. Over the years Starbucks has become a "safe haven" for AA members, a place to meet friends before an early morning meeting, a place to meet with sponsors, or a place to go after a meeting where you know you will be welcome and not be tempted by a "trigger." This is particularly true for people new in recovery.

This is not to say that people in recovery must avoid every place that serves alcohol, obviously most restaurants have some kind of license to serve beer and wine, and many have full liquor licenses. Part of recovery is learning how to be in environments that are a common part of everyday life. It is much easier for the person addicted to hard drugs to avoid their old "haunts" and old friends, but enjoying a meal with friends where alcohol is served without getting tempted means learning a new behavior and this is part of relapse prevention.

Here are additional articles that provide information about Starbucks' decision to sell alcohol and reactions to the decision.
And here is a YouTube video that offers more information:

If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can see it here.

So how do you feel about this new menu item for Starbucks? 

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