This article came to be after listening to X (for anonymity) about X’s alcohol dependency and the decision to overcome it.
“I’m an alcoholic and I hate it. I like the feeling of being moderately drunk though. But then that usually leads to more drinking and then it’s a mess, even though it may not always look as such.
Not everyone necessarily progresses from light drinking to moderate drinking to heavy drinking on every sitting. But then not everyone is an addict, an alcoholic to be more specific.
It feels good. But it doesn’t seem right, and then it doesn’t feel good. It’s a love-hate relationship. Then when you weigh the pros and cons, the cons always outweigh the pros.
The two biggest reason for quitting for me are lack of savings and lack of control, both the results of consuming alcohol. Sometimes I reflect on it and it strikes me, but then the craving sets in. There have been times even that I think about it while drinking and it still strikes me; in this case, the intoxication sets in.”
You realise when you think about it. You cannot be there for people who matter to you as much as you’d like to. You cannot indulge yourself in other activities that you enjoy because you’d spent all your time, money and energy on alcohol. I have even witnessed people who cannot think clearly or even maintain their hygiene properly. Besides, there comes a point when you don’t have the money for basic food or medicine, or repairing something that’s broken, etc., and you don’t have the time or energy to work either.
Personally, I like going on rides, travelling, reading books, having good food, etc., and if I were to sink into alcoholism, I will not be able to do all these things as much as I can. I also value self-control, and the first thing alcohol does is it reduces it. There are some who may still behave decently, but it is true for everyone that alcohol numbs the senses and affects the brain.
I’d say one more thing. We need to approach alcoholism carefully. There is something called AUD. According to NIAAA – “Problem drinking that becomes severe is given the medical diagnosis of “alcohol use disorder” or AUD. AUD is a chronic relapsing brain disease characterised by compulsive alcohol use, loss of control over alcohol intake, and a negative emotional state when not using.” Now, I’m no expert. I have seen people overcome it themselves, and I have also seen people who have failed to overcome it by themselves. I’m embedding a Ted Talk here that made me think.
It was good to hear what X had to say, and then witness the reduction of alcohol dependence. This also led to reduced spending on alcohol on my part as well.
I think that almost everyone can benefit from not sinking into alcohol dependence, or any form of substance abuse. What do you think?