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General Listening Quiz

“Alcoholics Anonymous”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult drinking man and woman 2:23

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are the causes and effects of alcoholism on families and society as a whole?


go cold turkey” = suddenly stop doing something that is usually a bad habit.
Phil tried to go cold turkey on his drinking addiction, but he couldn’t stay away from stuff.”

drink like a fish” = drink alcohol excessively
She tends to drink like a fish when she gets together with her friends.”

drown one’s sorrows” = drink to stop your unhappiness
Trying to drown your sorrows in a bottle of whiskey won’t solve your financial problems.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes with the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

How would you describe Dave’s perception of his own drinking habits in the conversation? What kinds of negative effects might continue to happen if he doesn’t alter his current course of behavior? Have you ever known anyone like Dave? How did things turn out for this individual?

Online Investigation

If people struggle with alcohol addiction in your community, what resources are available to provide emotional support and effective treatment to this problem? What are the legal penalties for driving with intoxicated? Use the Internet to identify resources that can assist family and friends in fighting this addiction.

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