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Alcoholism is tricky because drinking is promoted by society. Need a date? Go to the bar! Had a bad day? Relax with a drink! Want to be "cool", match your friend's drinking!

And yet... it can destroy your life. I've seen it first-hand.

BUT, where does it start? When does drinking stop being "cool" and start being a problem you need to solve?

Erin Froehlich asked this
July 6, 2011 at 10:54 AM



Erin, As an Addiciton counselor I can tell you this. When drinking is causing you a problem in any area of your life you have a problem. Many alcoholics are high functioning and have workaholism as their #1 addiciton and this helps them stay in denial of their alcoholism. This often leads to health problems in middle age and will lead to premature death. Denial is the #1 symptom> It is the only disease that tells you you don't have it! Some need a drink first thing in the morning and drink all day this is the typical picture most have but it is so not a Total picture> others binge drink which is the most damaging to the body's health and drink only on the week-ends but wipe out their finances every week-end. Other's abstain until the holidays and all hell breaks loose then> with fights, devastation of their finances etc. Wanting to quit but can't without help. Or they can quit but can't stay quit! I have been in recovery for 25 years and I noticed that none alcoholics quit drinking when they recognize the use of alcohol is damaging some area of their lives. Alcoholics don't/can't.

Margaret answered
July 8, 2011 at 6:30 AM
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