ALCOHOLISM: CAN YOU CURB IT EARLY
Alcoholism is an emotive issue in many circles. Not just because it has been linked to a plethora of vices, but because to a lot of people, alcohol is a staple in those moments when they need to unwind. Proponents would say alcohol is only as bad as the user. They isolate themselves from the negative image that alcohol has to carry.
After a hard day of work, most people will head to the bar and knock back bottles of beer or tall glasses of fruity but potent cocktails. Occasionally, they interject their froth party with strong chasers. At the end of a wild night, they most probably call a taxi because for the benefit of the doubt, let us assume they know the dangers of drunk driving.
The after-work drink becomes customary; some sort of bonding. However, there is a silent user in the group that is not as casual about his tipple as the rest of you. No one notices, and that’s just fine. You carry on, unabated. It happens until the day you realize the one who was always the life of the party is being laid off for coming to work drunk.
How did I become an alcoholic?
How did it happen? You ask. If you looked closely, you would realize all this time; it was hidden under the guise of being ‘a functioning alcoholic.’ This may come as a surprise, but functioning alcoholism is a step closer to being just a regular alcoholic. But is there a pattern that could help you and yours to take the battle to the bottle? There are four steps that ring across any alcoholic’s graph. Although the causative factors are not cast in stone, some are more common.
Drinking for The buzz
Most casual drinkers have no intention of exceeding their limits when they hit the bottle. To some people, a beer or a glass or wine is a placeholder during conversations; something to sip as you mull over an answer to a hard question. However, once you start drinking with a premeditated intention to be drunk, you may have a problem on your hands.
Drinking for the escape
You have developed a tolerance to alcohol. When you’re not in the right headspace, you look to alcohol to set you right. That glass of wine, those shots of bourbon or that pitcher of beer opens up a world in which you can forget the stress you’re under. It hasn’t gotten bad yet. After your drink, you are what you would like to be when life isn’t busy bogging you down.
Drinking for the seclusion
Your escape phase has escalated to where you are getting in trouble with the law. The circle you is gone, and you find yourself nursing a bottle anytime you are alone. The reclusion is where most psychological problems manifest. It’s a downward spiral from here; a vicious cycle of more drink and more isolation.
Physical manifestation of the allergy from alcoholism
At this point, you are no longer a functioning alcoholic. You can assume the regular title. The alcohol has taken its toll on your mental and physical capabilities and its starting to show. Your job, relations and health are taking a hit. As a consolation, it is at this stage that most users opt to seek help.
The alcoholic may not be the dirty person leaning on a wall reeking of stale alcohol. Noticing a pattern is the first step to saving someone from a steep slope of self-destruction.