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Smiley With Flower

AA and faux psychology

So, a friend of mine has been drinking a lot lately and it worries me. Not necessarily because of volume (and it hasn't necessarily been alot) but because of reasoning behind it.

I've had a friend who got drunk every day for a year, yet I didn't worry about her becoming truly addicted to it. Why? Because she was just drinking to drink. It is only when you associate emotion with it that it becomes dangerous. My friend has been doing THAT lately - drinking as a means to escape or not think about a particular circumstance. That is what will get you in the end. Stuff like drinking tequila(a drink she doesn't even like) shots at 2am Monday morning is a disturbing trend. I've tried to talk to her about it, but she won't listen to me. She thinks I'm overreacting, but I've had enough experience with alcoholics and alcoholism to know danger when I see it. I've even put MYSELF on alcohol restriction when I began to use it to escape my problems.

I think the point to be made is that everyone has to face their problems, fears, emotions, etc. eventually. The more you fight them, the worse they become. So my advice to y'all is don't hold everything in. I'll try to adhere to that if you will :)

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Yeah, I think people don't consider their emotional state enough when they decide to drink and that can matter a lot more than how much or how often you drink.

Even before my father passed away, I was really careful about drinking. If I was in a bad mood or feeling down, I wouldn't drink. Not even one drink. Since my father's death, I haven't touched alcohol at all. I may, someday, feel comfortable having an occasional drink again, but I don't think it's safe for me to allow myself to drink at all right now. I worry that it might be too easy for me to slip into a bad relationship with alcohol. Maybe that's just me being paranoid, but I figure it's better to be safe than sorry.

I don't think its paranoid...

I made the mistake of going out to drink once when I was REALLY depressed. It scared me so bad that now I always examine my emotional state before I drink a drop of liquor. I didn't drink at all until college and I don't drink that much to this day. I do drink a large quantity every once in a while, usually at the occasional party and such. Mostly, I'm a one drink type of gal.

I think that one incident took a lot of the desire out of me to drink. I partied a lot harder before than after.