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Some sobering thoughts from a book I’m reading…
So I have mentioned several times that I’m reading a book during this period of sobriety. It’s called Almost Alcoholic.
I’m going to warn you now– do not read this book if you aren’t prepared to hear the ugly truth about your drinking habits!
If you’re like me, you assume that since you aren’t an alcoholic, then there isn’t a problem with your drinking…even if you drink every day.
Or binge-drink on the weekends.
Or drink alone.
Or look forward to drinking.
And keep in mind, everything in the book is the opinion of the authors (nationally-renowned psychiatrists who specialize in alcoholism).
But their point is this…
Let’s say there is a spectrum.
On the far right of the spectrum is the true alcoholic population, those people who have an addiction and have to have alcohol in their bloodstream at all times.
On the far left of the spectrum is the population of people who don’t drink or who only socially drink occasionally.
The middle of the spectrum is where an individual can move from happy social drinker to almost alcoholic, as she moves to the right.
And the scary part is the authors’ hypothesis that this group of “almost alcoholics” can eventually turn into full-blown true alcoholics.
So what makes up an “almost alcoholic?”
This is the author’s checklist:
- You continue drinking despite at least some negative consequences.
- You look forward to drinking.
- You drink alone.
- You sometimes drink to control emotional and/or physical symptoms.
- You and your loved ones are suffering as a result of your drinking.
I would say that I can check off every one on this list except for hopefully the last one. I don’t think my loved ones are “suffering” as a result of my drinking.
Sure, when I’m hungover, I am not much fun to be around but I can still take care of my kids and get house stuff done.
This book is really making me think. I’m looking forward to getting past the details of what an almost alcoholic is and onto the “so what now?” part.
Today is Day 5 and a Monday. I must say it is really nice to wake up without any sort of headache and be able to start my day off right.
Still, this feels like a really long five days. I feel like I haven’t had a drink in months!
25 days to go…