Picture an alcoholic in your mind…

A common picture that some people will get, will be a down-and-out, or homeless person, but in reality, it could just as well be someone wearing expensive clothes who holds a well-paid job.

Picture a drug addict…

A common picture that some people will get, will be a down-and-out, or homeless person, but in reality, it could just as well be someone wearing expensive clothes who holds a well-paid job.

 

Alcohol is a drug, but it is classed differently because it is legal and socially acceptable. There are a lot of misconceptions about alcohol. Like other addictive substances, it does not just affect individuals, it causes more harm overall on society, due to its widespread use, in comparison to many other drugs.

Very often, people have an alcohol dependency without realising it. The effect of alcohol can make them oblivious to changes in their behaviour. They will be in complete denial about alcohol being a problem, when it is initially suggested to them.

People very often think that an alcoholic is someone who is constantly drinking alcohol. That is not the case at all. They might only drink at night. They might only drink at the weekend. They might be able to go long periods without alcohol and still have an alcohol dependency.

Alcoholism is a progressive illness, so it never gets better on its own, only worse.

Some people are prone to alcoholism for various reasons. For them, alcohol is a poison that they are better off not touching. Alcohol is a selfish drug and it is destructive in many ways. Countless relationships have been ruined because of problematic drinking and countless physical injuries caused by drunken behaviour.

 

Alcoholics do not become alcoholics through choice, it is something that is beyond their control.

Alcoholics need help, not criticism.

 

4 thoughts on “Alcoholism – Part 1

  1. Nice summary on alcohol ronnie, and well presented. The quarter bottle of Buckie, is as popular as Lemonade with the youths these days!

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    1. Ronnie says:

      Thank you very much.
      Aye, Buckie is the beverage of choice for the sophisticated drinkers.

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  2. Wanted to comment on the alcoholism post having come from a family of alcoholics… all of what you say is a real public service!! Thank you for posting!

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    1. Ronnie says:

      Thank you. Alcoholism is so common in the world, but so greatly misunderstood. In the UK there has been a lot of progress, but there is still a lot of stigma attached to it unfortunately.

      I initially considered writing a short series of posts on alcoholism, but due to time restraints, I settled for a summary.

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