reply to post by Rodinus
I enjoy drinking alcohol....and I'm very good at it.
But I'm not an alcoholic, far from it - I wouldn't thank you for a drink in the house.
I do almost all of my drinking in pubs, clubs or with small groups of friends after visiting pubs or clubs.
Since my mid-to-late teens I've spent a lot of time in and around pubs; its where I meet my mates, have a bit of craic, play a bit of pool, watch
sports etc. Its where a bit of my 'business' is conducted.
I've ran my own doors and had two pubs of my own - I still work the occasional door and do some hours behind the bar for a very close friend of
I'm more than aware of the downsides to drinking alcohol.
I've lost family and close friends to it and at 21years old was diagnosed with early signs of cirrhosis of the liver, (at the time I was drinking
quite heavily 7 days a week - I spent 3 months on the wagon).
I've seen strong people succumb to alcoholism, I've seen some sad and tragic people descend down that road too. I've seen poor people condemn
themselves to a life of constant struggle due to their drinking habit and I've also witnessed wealthy people literally lose everything through it.
As with all addictions alcoholism crosses all social divides.
I personally don't do anything in moderation - I live life to the full.
But I recognise the need to control alcohol and not allow it to control me, the same as all my 'vices'.
At times it has been an immense struggle and a few years ago I think many people thought I was going to fall victim to alcoholism. Fortunately I came
through those dark days and am in complete control of my drinking.
Others aren't that fortunate and they deserve our help and support.
It takes an enormous amount of courage to acknowledge that there is a problem and even more to actively do something to address it.
I don't think anyone unaffected by alcoholism or any other addiction can really appreciate just how difficult it is to begin to rid themselves of
their addiction and once clean to maintain their sobriety.