Alcohol and Me video series

  • Alcohol & Me: 'I feel blessed and very thankful that I'm here'

    Posted on March 19, 2014

    Devon Hilts and her adoptive mother, Laurel, discuss the challenges fetal alcohol syndrome presented in Devon's formative years and those that will continue into adulthood.

    Like many teens, Devon Hilts was anxious about moving out on her own and starting college after her high school graduation in Seldovia. What she overcame was less commonplace.

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  • Alcohol & Me: 'Yes he is different, but he is loved'

    Posted on February 21, 2014

    Heidi and Jared Case's son was diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Anchorage in 2012. They share their experiences from their home in Utah. (Video by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

    Lounging by the pool on a cruise along the Mexican Riviera in 2004, sipping rum and Coke, Heidi Case didn’t know she was pregnant. It wasn’t until her son, Jacob, was 7 that she realized her drinking had damaged his brain.

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  • Alcohol & Me: "My goal in life is to give her the best life she can have"

    Posted on February 21, 2014

    Helen Benson's daughter was diagnosed with a Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder in Anchorage. Helen shares her story. (Video by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

    Helen Benson changed her life while staying at a shelter for abused women. Pregnant with her daughter, Serenity, she turned away from a lifestyle of alcohol and drugs that she was desperate to overcome.

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  • Alcohol & Me: Five things you should know about FASD

    Posted on February 21, 2014

    Deb Evensen has been educating school districts and other organizations about Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders for more than 30 years in Alaska and beyond. (Video by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

    If you think FASD doesn’t affect you and your family, Deb Evensen wants you to think again.

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  • Alcohol & Me: 'I guess I thought I was invincible'

    Posted on January 4, 2014

    Larry Berg submits breath samples to an alcohol monitor in his home twice a day as he awaits a court hearing on his fourth DUI charge, he says. Berg explains how his drinking has affected his life, his job and his future. (Video by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

    Twice a day, Larry Berg responds to the sound of a siren coming from his south Anchorage bedroom. He must blow into an alcohol monitor on his dresser and prove to Alaska Pretrail Services and the state that he hasn’t been drinking. If he drinks or misses a test, he’ll go back to jail to await a court hearing for his fourth DUI charge, he says. The state plans to expand such “24/7 Sobriety” programs to counter alcohol-related crimes. In this video, Berg describes how his drinking has affected his daily life, his employment and his outlook toward the future - all of which he now realizes he put at risk each of the countless times he drove intoxicated, he says. Never getting in a wreck, I guess I thought I was invincible. Never even a car accident or anything. I feel fortunate for that. I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if I hurt somebody’s kid. Having kids and grandkids of my own, just the thought of them being in that situation, I can’t believe for all those years that I did keep drinking. I was

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  • Alcohol & Me: 'It's a blessing to have gone through such bad stuff'

    Posted on December 24, 2013

    George McBee, who works at Bean's Cafe in Anchorage, knows what it's like to be homeless on Anchorage streets. (Video by Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News)

    George McBee spent years in and out of homelessness, sometimes couch surfing and often struggling to hold jobs. Now, as a monitor at Bean's Cafe, McBee looks out for the welfare of clients who might be in trouble.

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