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Voice Of The Irish Sunday Mirror: No tears for Bestie.

IT may sound harsh of Alex Best to confess she won't cry for Bestie when he dies.

But she has been through the terrible years of his chronic alcoholism. She has suffered physical and emotional abuse because of his booze addiction.

She has no tears left.

Her honesty highlights the terrible effect alcoholism has not just on the drinker but on his or her loved ones.

We think of Bestie the boozer as a bit of a character, a loveable rogue.

To those who love him and have had to live with him, they are colourful cliches. The reality is much more grim than that.

Alcoholism devastates lives and Alex's truthfulness goes a way to showing us the true side of Bestie's disease.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2005
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