An alcoholic said to a heroin addict, “there is no difference between us, we are just the same”, the heroin addict looked puzzled at this remark. The alcoholic then said, “we are both killing ourselves, you are just doing it quicker than me.”
Alcoholism is known as slow suicide, because the continual abuse that the body suffers, takes its toll eventually. The desire to live is lacking in an alcoholic for various reasons, but one thing is certain, the alcoholic is hurting deeply inside. When they are having fun, being the life and soul of the party, it is a mask for the observers and it also masking reality for the alcoholic. Escaping reality is escaping the disturbance inside the mind.
The alcoholic can easily get on the fast track, and pass the heroin addict by accelerating the self-destruction process. Drink driving or even dangerous driving when sober are quite common. Committing acts that involve danger can hasten the departure from this world. Sometimes this behaviour is performed at a conscious level, but usually it is happening at a subconscious level, because the alcoholic has lost control.