posted on Jun, 9 2010 @ 11:17 PM
No one makes you take that drink. You and you alone ultimately have control over what you put in your mouth. Therefore, if you have an addiction, then
you CHOOSE to have that addiction. If you don't want to be an addict then simply don't do it. You have the choice. It's all in your head.
IMO, people who are "alcoholics" drink either every day or almost every day. They use alcohol as a coping mechanism to numb themselves and
temporarily escape from whatever it is in their lives that is either currently bothering them or has bothered them in the past and is still bothering
them on a subconscious level.
Traumatic events such as suicides & deaths in the family, victims of child abuse or rape, divorces, etc. - all these events are triggers. To the
psychologically scarred person, alcohol becomes a coping mechanism to numb problems and painful emotions, depression, despair, etc.
The "alcoholic" eventually must learn to deal with their trauma/problems head on rather than run to the bottle to escape. They can really only do
this by carefully analyzing why they drink. They will usually be in denial over why they drink, often blaming genetics and playing the victim. "Well,
my father drank and his father drank, so I drink too - it runs in my family." I don't buy that it is a disease. Alcohol doesn't make you open your
mouth and tip the bottle.
Having said that, I could really go for a beer right now.