DR. WALLACE: I'm 18, my boyfriend is 20 and we have been together for two years. Someday, I hope to be his wife. If I take your likely advice, I will lose my future husband. But here goes anyway....
First of all, my boyfriend is a kind, considerate and compassionate guy. I'm basically a self-centered, stubborn and egotistical young woman. Most men have a special name for women like me. That's why there are times I get under his skin, and when that happens, he gets a bit angry and that translates into a bit of occasional corporal "punishment." He is big and strong, and I am tiny and slim, so when he picks me up and bends me over his knees and paddles my bottom with his bare hand, there really is nothing I can do about it except take the punishment and squeal a bit while it's going on.
If I would have written to you and only complained about getting spanked, you would have told me, "That's physical abuse, which should never be tolerated" and to "dump the bum." Well, I will not dump him because I love him and he loves me. In fact, if he didn't love me as much as he does, he probably would have dumped me long ago. We actually get along well, despite our personality differences.
Am I going to change my demeanor? I would honestly say probably not. So am I going to be spanked again the future? I probably will. (I really don't mind being spanked, it only hurts for a little while.) Will I continue to love him with all my heart and soul? Yes! Yes! Yes! All guys who use a little physical force (non-bruising please) are not necessarily losers. Sometimes, it's the girl who brings the punishment on herself. I know this from firsthand experience. — Naughty Occasionally, Joliet, Illinois
NAUGHTY: What can I say? You are the first female ever to contact me saying she didn't mind being physically abused. Perhaps you really do want my advice, even though you say you don't? I'll assume that's the case and hereby give you permission to leave your abusive boyfriend.
Whatever you elect to do, I wish you the very best. But if you continue to stay with "Spanky," you'll have the prayers of many readers who will truly hope his corporate punishment does not escalate beyond "bottom spankings" in the future. Don't assume that just because you feel you can handle things now that you will continue to feel that way in the future.
IT'S NOTHING TO BE PROUD OF
DR. WALLACE: I think you're confused when it comes to drinking alcohol. You said that beer and whiskey are equally addictive and intoxicating. Obviously, you have not consumed a lot of alcohol in your life. I can drink a can of beer and have no ill effects, but if I drink a small bottle of whiskey, I'll be in a stupor or even a coma. Whiskey really kicks my butt!
Please learn about the effects of alcohol whenever you plan to discuss it in the future. I should know; I am a serious beer drinker — and very proud of it! — Brewski, Tarpon Springs, Florida
BREWSKI: Maybe you were drinking when you read what I wrote. It's not that complicated, but you completely missed the point. It's the amount of alcohol you consume that matters, not the kind or type of alcohol. The alcohol in beer, whiskey, wine and every other drink is the same; only the amount is different. All alcohol is addictive and intoxicating.
Now comes the part I want you to clearly understand. Beer is usually 5 percent alcohol, while whiskey (80 proof) is 40 percent alcohol. This means that one 12-ounce glass of beer contains 0.6 ounces of alcohol, the same as 1.5 ounces of 80-Proof whiskey. Just do the math.
Simply stated, one can of beer has the same alcoholic content as one mixed drink containing a shot of whiskey.
P.S. Being a serious drinker is nothing to be proud of.
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