Alcoholism and recovery for rural older adults

A Nebraska blizzard is a blinding force of nature, when densely falling snow can quickly obscure landmarks, leaving anyone caught in its swirl hopelessly disoriented.

That’s why Marty was surprised to see his father get behind the wheel of his car in the midst of a February snowstorm.

“He’d been drinking and maybe he went out to get more (alcohol),” said Marty, 62, who was in his 30s at the time. (We are using only his first name.) “The car got stuck and he got out of the car and started walking.”

That final, fatal misjudgment, Marty has come to believe, was one that a third-generation Nebraska farmer would only make when impaired.

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