Bay Area Author Documents Tragedies of Alcohol Abuse With Humor In New Book

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Bill Belew is an educator and journalist who writes and teaches what he knows. A husband and father of three children, Belew is author of the new book, "Gee, I Wish I Had Been Drinking At The Time." Sub-titled, "101 Reasons Why You Never Hear Those Words," Belew has compiled 101 vignettes detailing bizarre, tragic and real stories that have occurred because of alcohol indulgence. Divided into the five chapters, Laughers, Shakers, Moaners, Groaners and Destroyers, the author offers insight into the tragedy of drinking without a heavy-handed or preachy approach.

Bill Belew is an educator and journalist who writes and teaches what he knows.

A husband and father of three children, Belew is author of the new book, "Gee, I Wish I Had Been Drinking At The Time."

(ISBN 0-9712723, Do Good Books Publishing, Palo Alto, Calif., 128 pages, Paperback, $11.95)

Sub-titled, "101 Reasons Why You Never Hear Those Words," Belew has compiled 101 vignettes detailing bizarre, tragic and real stories that have occurred because of alcohol indulgence.

Divided into the five chapters, Laughers, Shakers, Moaners, Groaners and Destroyers, the author offers insight into the tragedy of drinking without a heavy-handed or preachy approach.

Here's an excerpt:

Drunk Woman Lets Her 5-year old Son Drive

A 24-year old woman was arrested for letting her 5-year old son drive while she sat back in a drunken stupor.

The boy's 3-year old brother was crawling around on the back seat of the car.

Police weren't reassured when they asked the woman if she was okay and is this your toddler and she responded, "Yes, but he's a good driver."

The woman admitted to taking Percocet, a painkiller that she needed when the kids acted up and vodka.

The boy confessed to not being such a good driver - "My legs were too short to reach the pedals."

Still . . . when he grows up, "I want to be a race car driver."

Yeah…maybe, if his mom doesn't kill him first.

Another reason why we never hear - Gee, I wish I had been drinking at the time."

Fluent in Japanese and conversant in several other languages, Belew, 54, has a Master's Degree in Fine Arts. He contributes to several web sites as an expert in Asian business. Belew also teaches English online for a national university.

Although he has several books published in Asia, Belew has opted for a unique approach in first book published in the United States. He writes about the pain of a family tragedy via hard-to-believe but true stories.

Belew's brother, age 42, crashed and was killed while riding a newly purchased motorcycle while drunk. Belew's sister, 51, was too drunk to help herself when her house caught on fire and she perished.

"I was mad and then I got really mad one day when I read about the woman who struck her boyfriend by swinging her infant daughter by the legs and hitting with the baby's head," said Belew. "So I spent months scowering the Internet and accumulating stories of drunks and their antics,"

The book is illustrated by Belew's son, Benjamin, who signs his work S. Akeala (http://www.sakeala.com). The cover of the book features a painting of his son sitting on the toilet reading the book. A decal placed over the sensitive part of the painting features the words: "Official Toilet Reader."

For more information or interview scheduling, contact Bill Belew, author, Tel. 408-712-3268; E-mail address: bill@wispid.com; web site: http://www.billbelew.com.

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