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How to Understand Alcoholism

How to Understand Alcoholism


Alcoholism can be hard to understand. I think that the most important thing about alcoholism and people who think they may be alcoholic is this: you need to understand what alcoholism is. The effect of alcohol on the alcoholic mind is different than the effect of alcohol in someone who is not predisposed to addiction. What does this mean?

Simply put, alcoholics don’t drink like other people. Why is this? Because the brain of the alcoholic reacts differently to alcohol. To demonstrate, you can give somebody (a normie) 3 to 4 glasses of alcohol and the euphoric effect, the feeling they get, is not as strong as that in an alcoholic. This important fact is imperative to me, knowing that my mind reacts and triggers craving when I drink.

For me personally, I would experience euphoric effect after drinking one glass of beer. My mind relaxes, my social inhibitions were numbed, and I wanted more! When I would go out drinking I would always start with one but I could never end with one. I always had at least three or four drinks and sometimes up to eight or 10 drinks per night. That’s a lot for 5’5″ woman 135 pounds. I would wake up the next day with a hangover and often regretting the things that I did the night before. If you feel that way, you don’t need to!

When an addiction counselor asked me why I drink before I attended alcoholism treatment, I told him because I wanted to explore the dark side of my personality. But the real answer was I didn’t know. I would just start and then I couldn’t stop. So how might this apply to you, the reader?

I think knowing the difference between social drinking and problem drinking is very important for someone who thinks they might have a problem. How to test this? The trick is to stop drinking for 2 to 3 months. If you can stop drinking and then resume again, great for you. If you can’t stop drinking, you might have a problem with alcohol. And if you have a problem with alcohol, you just have to stop for good.

Is this a big deal in my life? It’s not, although it’s socially awkward. Sometimes when I’m offered a drink I use medical excuses like, ” Oh, no thanks. I’m allergic to alcohol,” or, “I avoid alcohol in my diet.” But often times you don’t even need to give a reason for refusing a drink.

What about cravings? Well, I’m lucky in that I got on the wagon early in life before alcoholism really developed. For me, cravings come and go but are not very strong. Still, the mind is very subtle and works in tricky ways. So when I do think about taking a drink, I make myself think about what will happen next. That’s usually enough to stop me from wanting to take a drink.

What really helped is finding the family of Alcoholics Anonymous and being able to be my true self (which is sensitive and caring, someone who likes to share). When I found AA, I felt like I had found my church. Some people don’t like meetings. I’m not one of them. In AA, I feel that we could be open as humans about our weaknesses and then leaving feeling much stronger. It’s a wonderful way of life and because I now live in a country where there is no AA. I can say that face-to-face meetings are greatly missed and that if you live in a town or city where you can get to a meeting… value it because it doesn’t take place in other parts of the world.

The distinction between being an alcoholic and being a social drinker is really the difference between a shark and a goldfish. When alcoholics touch alcohol, the euphoric effect takes over and craving begins. So abstinence from alcohol is something that I accept, something that I have adapted my life around. I have come out the other side of it. I believe that I’m a recovered alcoholic and will remain recovered as long as I don’t drink. Because being a shark, I just gotta lay off the beer and the wine…forever.


this article written by : Lee W.

Lee also writes the: Addiction Blog.
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One Response to “How to Understand Alcoholism”

  1. Great personal insight. Do you feel living abroad has lessened the social pressure to drink at all?
    Dinking is drinking no matter where you live. Living elsewhere is often known as the Geographic cure – and usually does not work.
    Yu have to do the changing from within.

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