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|leharner||Oct 19 2008, 05:33 PM|
Sorry, it's in the script. Nichole did not stop drinking "a few weeks" prior to her diagnosis. She ordered an OJ and then said "what the hell" to adding some vodka, just prior to going to the hospital. She continued to drink until the day Daniel told her she was pregnant. At the hospital she was out of control asking for alcohol. She displayed many characteristics of an alcoholic, including commenting that she could not be in withdrawal because she drank at least three drinks with every meal. She was throwing up the alcohol because of alcohol poinening. DT's were diagnosed, which can only develop after prolonged and excessive exposure to alcohol, and are symptomatic of alcoholicism.
The writers went out of the way to write her as an alcoholic for months leading up to the pregnancy storyline. She clearly was drinking heavily for the first 8-12 weeks of her pregnancy. That is not the same as a moderate occassional drinker or even a single binge. Withdrawal occurs after the user has developed an addiction, not from casual use, and is experienced for a period of hours, beginning 4-12 hours after the last use, depending on the substance.
Once physical withdrawal is complete, the addict still must contend with the psychological ravages of addiction. It is a common phrase among recovering addicts that "quitting is not the problem, staying quit is." Physcal withdrawal from alcohol does not occur weeks after the abuser stops using. It is a dangerous situation for a pregnant woman and fetus, and it deserves to be acknowledged in the story.
I am not trying to further any agenda with this post, I really believe it would be terribly irresponsible for NBC/Sony/Days to have built such a strong case for Nichole's drinking and then ignore it.
I have faith in Ari's ability to act and believe she could do justice to a great many stories, including a pregnancy or a miscarriage. But rather than haul out another tired Days repeat story, I think that a story built around her alcoholism, a miscarriage, a relationship with Melanie, and an exploration into her relationship with the mudered abusive husband could be Emmy material for her. It is time to redeem this woman and take her out of the role of victim by letting her face and conquer her demons.
Edited by leharner, Oct 19 2008, 06:22 PM.
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