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  • Joe Clay is a top-notch public relations man. Anything a client wants Joe can arrange for them, whether it be dancing girls or an article in a prominent magazine. Part of the job however is drinking and Joe's ability to consume alcohol seems boundless. When he meets the very pretty Kirsten Arnasen, she prefers chocolate to alcohol but Joe has a solution to that in the form of a Brandy Alexander (made up of brandy and creme de cocoa). They eventually marry but their love is insufficient to prevent them from the downward spiral that alcohol brings to them. They try desperately to break the habit but continually relapse until only one of them manages to break free.

  • Working in a public relations firm as an account executive, Joe Clay feels like he needs to drink as part of his job. But he enjoys this aspect of work. While at a client party, Joe meets his client's secretary, Kirsten Arnesen. Despite an initial dislike of Joe, Kirsten eventually goes out on date with him. She is a non-drinker who neither likes the taste of alcohol or feels the need for its effects. But based on her addiction to chocolate, Joe does get her started on alcohol consumption with the chocolate tasting Brandy Alexander. Joe and Kirsten fall in love, get married and start a family. But as the stresses of work start to pile up, so does Joe's drinking, he who pressures Kirsten into joining him to drown his sorrows. Soon, alcohol becomes the main focus of their lives, with its effect causing a rapid destruction of both their personal lives and Joe's professional life. Kirsten's father, hard working nurseryman Ellis Arnesen, wants to help specifically his daughter but has a difficult time forgiving Joe who introduced her to drinking. Despite Joe finally coming to the realization that alcohol is the main problem in their lives - Joe stating that the reflection of the bum he saw in the window was himself - they have to make the admission that they are indeed alcoholics and that they can never have alcohol again before they can even think about reclaiming their lives. Beyond doing these things, they have to be able to stay away from the liquor which may be more difficult to achieve than either believes.

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  • Boy (with drinking problem) meets girl (with addiction to chocolate). They fall in love, get married and have a beautiful baby girl. But the picture perfect family is anything but perfect. Joe has introduced his wife Kirsten to the "pleasures" of drinking and soon both are confirmed alcoholics. An absorbing, frightening study of the insidiousness of addiction.

  • In San Francisco, the public relations Joe Clay drinks everyday to "socialize" with his clients. After an incidental meeting with the secretary Kirsten Arnesen, they date and sooner they get married. Soon the drinking catches up with them

  • An alcoholic marries a young woman, whom he systematically addicts to booze so they can share his "passion" together.


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