I hate the word alcoholic. It conjures up images of a person passed out in an alley with a bottle in his hand. I have a hard time with the concept that a person is born addicted to alcohol. That it is a disease. If a person becomes addicted to cigarettes or cocaine do they have a disease? Were they born addicted to cigarettes? I would be willing to concede that some people are born with a personality more inclined towards addiction. However, it seems to me that if a person regularly partakes in an addictive substance, they are likely to become addicted to that substance.
Sobriety is stigmatized because society loves their booze. It is much easier to believe that “some people” have a problem than to admit that alcohol is a addictive drug. We don’t want to hear that it is a carcinogen and can cause cancer. We want to believe that the resveratrol in red wine is the new health elixir. That the hops in beer are good for us. We never call alcohol what it is, because it is hard to romanticize an addictive drug.
A nice cold beer, good red wine, adult drinks, cordials, Prosecco. Try this, replace “I would love a nice chilled glass of Rose with I would love a nice chilled glass of booze.” Doesn’t quite have the same ring. We have been brainwashed and alcohol companies are making billions.
Before I became free from alcohol, the question of whether or not I was going to drink or how much I was going to drink was a conversation I had regularly with myself. On the way home from work, I would think, “should I stop and get a bottle of wine?” Or out to dinner, “should I have another glass.”
It’s challenging to moderate when you are anesthetizing your brain. After two drinks, your inhibitions are failing and the ability to make a good decisions is fading. That’s why so many of us find it hard to stop after a couple of drinks.
Even if I did manage drink moderately, I would still feel mildly crappy. Knowing I willingly made myself a little bit sick.
Repeating this pattern over and over again for years had a lot of negative effects, loss of time, loss of health, loss of money. But, the biggest most significant loss was the loss of my self-respect.