Alcoholism is a serious condition that affects millions of people across the U.S. As part of Alcohol Awareness month, we continue our discussion about alcoholism. In previous video blogs, we talked about the types of resources available to help those suffering, the consequences of abusing alcohol and how someone becomes an alcoholic. Now, let's discuss some of the general myths surrounding the disorder.
"Alcoholics are obsessed with their next drink."
1. Anyone who likes to drinks is an alcoholic
Touring breweries, drinking on Football Sundays, or having beers with friends every Friday and Saturday night does not mean you're an alcoholic. When someone is an alcoholic, drinking is a necessity, not just a desire. Many people don't need to drink on Football Sundays. This is a choice they make, and it likely won't affect whether they have fun or not. Alcoholics are obsessed with obtaining their next drink, and, even if they know their actions are harming themselves and their loved ones, they can't stop drinking.
2. Alcoholics drink alone
It's important we discuss alcoholic stereotypes, and drinking alone is just one of them. Stereotyping alcoholics can cause people to overlook alcoholic friends and family members. Some alcoholics are financially successful, don't drink first thing in the morning and don't always drink alone. However, we also need to realize that alcoholics do behave differently than others. For example, if they used to drink with friends but now typically drink by themselves, this could be a red flag.
3. Alcoholics can still be in control of their actions
Alcoholics may be able to control themselves in their everyday lives, but they typically struggle to control how they act when they're drinking. For example, they may never miss picking their children up from school, but could struggle to gain their composure in front of them when angry.