BOOM Community Rules of Conduct

This site is a private member-only site. What is shared here can only be seen by members who are signed up and signed in. No content can legally be shared outside of the BOOM community without the permission of its author.

The amount of personal information a member chooses to disclose in posts or on their profile is entirely voluntary. We do encourage you to create an anonymous profile if you wish. You do not need to share your real name or location with us in the community.

BOOM ‘Rethink The Drink, is a diverse community. We are men and women of many different nationalities. Some are here to stop drinking and some to cut down. We ask that you read these guidelines carefully so that we can interact closely, learn from each other, and avoid conflict. (information concerning the moderate drinking group is at the end and here)

You are in control of what you see on your home feed – This explains how to remove a post from your feed if it makes you uncomfortable or if you have read it and wish to move on. Sometimes there are many posts in a day and it can help to remove posts that you’ve already read if you want to reach the end of the feed. – How to Control What You See on Your Feed

If you are uncomfortable with the posts in general from another member this explains how to block – How to Block Another Member

The Private Chat or Message function is available for one on one private messages. Please do not use it for material that would be more useful and productive in the general forum. The vitality and efficacy of our community are determined by our sharing openly within the group rather than one on one in chats. We encourage you to maintain an anonymous profile for this reason. We will encourage all members to post to the group and offer support to others. If a member is focused solely on private chat rather than community interaction their account may be deleted at the discretion of the administration.

For people in their first weeks and months alcohol.-free  images of alcohol used in advertising or on articles can be triggering. We ask that this be a safe space for people struggling with cravings so please make an effort not to share those images in the main Network. If you have an article you’d like to share that uses a romanticized image of drinking you can share without embedding the link. This explains how . If you are confused please ask for help from a host or moderator.

Members are responsible for the content and context of their posts and expected to respect the feelings and anonymity of others. If you are offended or feel threatened by a post, comment, or private chat message please report it to the BOOM Rethink the Drink profile by private chat message. Click the box that says “Say Hello” to open a private chat box with that profile. The BOOM Rethink the Drink profile connects to our administration team.

Posts that are reported will not necessarily be deleted. Deletion is up to the discretion of the moderators based on our experience with the community- You can choose to block members who’s posting style you are not comfortable with. This post explains how to Block another member in BOOM which can be done temporarily or permanently and is a good course of action to take while the hosts have an opportunity to resolve any situation that might be volatile.

If you receive a damaging, harassing or hurtful comment Please Do Not instigate a confrontation in the open forum, enlist the support of an administrator to assist in the resolution. Sometimes these things are simple misunderstandings which can be resolved quietly and sometimes there is a pattern of confrontational behavior that we can only address if we see the actual words.

The BOOM Rethink the Drink profile is connected to a group of administrators who discuss and resolve situations privately. We can only keep this community as productive and welcoming as it is, if you report behavior that is inappropriate.

Please understand that the title of your post and the images that you share will be seen by everyone and if they are found to be confrontational, violent, or politically inflammatory they may be edited or removed. This includes flying the flag of your political party or chosen candidate on your profile picture. We do not wish to censor but we will error on the side of caution to maintain an inclusive and welcoming feel for all in the community.  This post explains further if you have questions concerning this Important Post on How We Moderate the Community

We hope that in your posts you feel free to express your identity and evolve but we ask that you respect the diversity and the sensibilities of this community. We will delete posts that we find offensive either in language or content.

If you are working toward moderate drinking goals please post in the Moderate Drinking Group 

All members are welcome to participate in the primary network BOOM and in the Moderate Drinking Grouphowever, out of consideration for people focused on early days of staying sober, who might be triggered by a romantic ideal of just one, please keep posts about moderate drinking in the moderate drinking group. Out of consideration for the moderate drinkers please do not post your thoughts on the importance of abstinence in their group. 

We represent many religions, agnosticism, atheism, and also spirituality that is not religious in nature.  For most of us sobriety includes an evolving spiritual awareness so if you wish to share prayers, affirmations, or spiritual observations please do, but make an effort to do so in a way that is not dogmatic. Generally speaking there is usually a pretty obvious difference between sharing a personal sentiment now and then that reflects your faith and preaching the way of your way that may not be other’s way.

If at any point, people of any given faith would like a separate group set up for prayers and affirmations or spiritual study I would be pleased to do that.

BOOM maintains a Zero Tolerance policy for 

Offensive or Abusive posts or comments.

If intended to cause confrontation or hurt, the post or comment will be deleted and the correspondent contacted by Administration.

Unlawful or Objectionable Content.
Harassing, Defamatory, Obscene, Profane, Sexuality, Racial or otherwise objectionable material.

Any such material will be deleted and the submitting member contacted by an Administrator (link at end). Continuing behaviour of this nature may possibly incur suspension or exclusion from the community.

Spamming, Soliciting, self-promoting are not allowed however if you would like to share posts from your own blog please do! We are also always interested in learning about new books so if you have written one sharing information on it is not considered a solicitation.

We do reserve the right to remove any posts that we think are not in the best interest of this community

If you have Questions or concerns contact our Admin profile or an individual Host, all such contacts are confidential but decisions concerning reports will be made privately by a minimum of three hosts. 

Our Community Hosts
How to Block   If you feel harassed by another member please do contact our Hosts or administration. There are several solutions to this problem but we cannot help if you don’t ask.

Where to Find Answers to Questions

Crisis Hotlines 

** The administration reserves the right to suspend or exclude members from the community whom they find disruptive.

** There is no specific rule concerning the language used in posts or otherwise, apart from it being within the bounds of “Not Objectionable” Please be aware that what is considered ‘OK’ by some may not be by others. Images are seen by all and titles are seen by all.

** If you have composed a post, submitted it and then reconsidered – you can delete or edit it using the three dot icon in the right corner of the post box.

** Be quick to apologize and the same to accept an apology.

Boozemusings is a lifestyle blog and the BOOM Community is a peer support group. We are NOT trained addiction counselors but simply a community of people who have overcome or are overcoming alcohol issues. We do not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, nor does anything on this website create a physician/patient relationship.  If you require medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, please consult your physician. Your privacy is our first priority.  To maintain anonymity, when posting in BOOM we encourage you to create an anonymous profile. 

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