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I might be becoming an alcoholic
July 25, 2009
2:58 am
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I am 32. I have never been much of a drinker- even socially - I was fine to go yrs w/o a drink and never think of it- but in the pat few months drinking has become a regular activity - I can't wait for the houde to be quiet so I can start drinking. I might be getting worried.

July 25, 2009
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If you are stressed or depressed you may be dealing with it this way without realizing it. This makes it difficult if you're not sure where the anxiety/pain is coming from or are unaware of it yet (sometimes we repress things to get through our days). What is going on in your life?

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July 26, 2009
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cpt...do you feel that you "have" to have that drink everyday??

Do you think maybe stress or something like that may make you feel like drinking?

and, is there any alcoholism in your familY?

July 28, 2009
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(((cpt)))

You are NOT alone. Millions of Americans suffer from the disease of alcoholism, myself among them. Even if you are not sure, you can always try attending a few AA meetings just to see what the alcoholics there have to say.

At someones first meeting they will usually do a 'first step meeting' which doesn't require for you to say you are an alcoholic (The only suggestion for AA is a desire to quit drinking, even if only for that hour that the meeting is). They will ask if it's anyone's first meeting, not to embarrass you, just to know if it calls for a 1st step meeting at all. What will happen is people will go around the room and tell what their lives were like while drinking, what happened, and what things are like now. Just a group of people who felt their lives were beyond their control and that alcohol was ruling their thoughts and actions (as you suggested may be the case for you). They will just be sharing their experience, strength and hope.

If you don't feel ready for an AA meeting, you could always try going to your local library or book-store and picking up a copy of a blue book called "The Big Book", which is the primary piece of literature for alcoholics anonymous.

For me, the signs I could not ignore were counting drinks, not being able to stop drinking when I started, finding that I often had negative results related specifically to drinking, blacking out, hiding how much I drank, lying about my drinking, and thinking about drinking, when I could do it, how I would pull it off, how to hide it. In the end, it came down to my not being able to manage living without drinking, or having to live without drinking anymore.

I've heard it said often that if one thinks they have a problem with drinking, they probably do. I'm sure that's not hands down always the case, but most of the alcoholics I know, and most of my friends are alcoholics in recovery these days, can tell me that it was true for them.

Here are a few links you may find helpful, and above all else, remember that alcoholism is a disease, an illness, not a sign of a bad or weak person.

http://www.indiana.edu/~adic/c.....klist.html

http://www.aascv.org/20_Questions.htm

http://www.learn-about-alcohol.....olism.html

http://www.aa.org/lang/en/subp.....fm?page=71

http://health.yahoo.com/addict.....u1466.html

And in my experiance, AA has brought me a lot of support, love, fellowship, direction, and has simply given me the chance to learn to live sober through the sort of things that used to require drinking to survive through.

I am not saying you are an alcoholic mind you, no one can know or decide that but yourself, I am just sharing what I know from being an alcoholic myself if it can be of any help to you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.

July 28, 2009
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July 28, 2009
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Cpt1212, Have you talked to your doctor about this? If you think you might heading the alcoholism root and want to change, you might consider going to AA. You don't have to be a falling down drunk to go to the meetings. You just need to want to stop. All the best!!

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