Are You an Alcoholic?

By Boozemusings Co... 03/06/20
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Have you ever wondered if you’re an alcoholic?

But you know that you’re too high functioning to be that?

Do you need to stop drinking or just maybe slow down?

Do you drink alone?
Do you crave a drink when you got home?
Do you drink to control your emotional state?
Do you get annoyed if you have to wait?

Does that mean that you’re an alcoholic?

Just because…..

Just because you don’t drink all the time 
Whether it be beer, spirits or wine 
Doesn’t mean you haven’t crossed the social drinking line

Just because you don’t drink every day 
Doesn’t mean addiction isn’t at play 
It’s easy to deny 
Convenient to try
To continue to justify 
But unbeknownst to you
It could be a lie

Are you an Almost Alcoholic?

Recent thinking looks at grey area drinking 
Alcoholism is the tip of the iceberg you know 
And the rest of it doesn’t really show 
But it’s there
Damaging people’s lives 
But they either don’t realise 
Or don’t care

When you were drinking did you drink alone?
Did you crave a drink when you got home?
Did you drink to control your emotional state?
Did you get annoyed if you had to wait?

If the answer to these questions is yes 
They are red flags I bet
You might not be in the danger zone yet 
But if you continued you could be in a mess
The mild addiction could easily progress 

Does it really matter if you’re an alcoholic?

I think 
Even if you could hold your drink 
Go to work every day 
Have no blackouts 
Feel somewhat ok
There could still be a problem it would be in your best interests to address?

Time to take stock and Rethink the Drink?

#Thinkoutsidethediagnosticbox

#Greyareadrinking

The poem was inspired by the book Almost Alcoholic which you can preview at this link https://books.google.pt/books/about/Almost_Alcoholic.html?id=pCRbZB6kZC0C&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false

More thoughts on Grey Area Drinking by Jolene Park on TedX  https://youtu.be/wvCMZBA7RiA

and from Clare Pooley on Making Sober Less Shameful also on TedX https://youtu.be/NKfuGMzmfTs

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How do you stop when you want to drink a lot?

 

How do you go Sober?

B Be accountable Talk to Us We Understand
A Avoid alcohol like the plague  Ideas Here
L Let yourself enjoy regular sober treats  Ideas Here
A Allow yourself to cry when needed  Ideas Here
N Nourish your body with good food  Ideas Here
C Create happy & fun memories  Ideas Here
E Enjoy the precious moments in your day Ideas Here

W Work hard to get what you want Ideas Here
O Organise things for less stress  Ideas Here
R Realise you can’t control it all Ideas Here
K Keep going & prepare for success Ideas Here
S Sleep enough for body & mind rest Sleep Solutions

 

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This poem was composed by Floss The author of  The Runaway Train and many more poems that have helped her stick to sober one expressed rather than swallowed word at a time. You can hear here reading her poetry here https://youtu.be/N4IYvpiuCUY

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