Alcoholic – The loose term

The term Alcoholic and the definition of Alcoholic or Alcoholism is annoyingly loose.

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is, broadly, any drinking of alcohol that results in mental or physical health problems.

If you should ask any member of my family if the amount that I drink makes me an ‘Alcoholic’ you would receive a firm NO.

If you should ask my doctor if the amount I drink makes me an ‘Alcoholic’ you would receive a firm YES.

But for me it is no specific amount nor style or type that defines my Alcoholism but simply the way it makes me feel and the effect it had taken over my life and choices.

Knowing in myself that the cause of my demise was the very same thing I was using to ‘fix’ my problems. But feeling helpless and unsure/unable to stop myself.

So it was until 5 months ago when I finally started my sobriety – seriously this time.

There are multiple new factors in my life making this turn to sobriety serious. And 5 months into this journey I have been given a surprisingly helpful resource, or perhaps sense of closure is best to describe it..

Last week I walked out of my doctor’s office, with a document diagnosing my Anxiety and my Alcohol Dependency.

Now this may sound crazy but I felt like I had won an eternal battle. I finally could label that jar inside my head filled with guilt, shame, anger and confusion. I finally felt that my sneaky suspicions that I was out of control if not on the outside then certianly on the inside were justified and true.

Now I could call it something. Now I could understand it. Now I can separate myself from it. Now it is not part of me.

In saying this I still have a long way to go. I still look into the future and see myself enjoying a drink. I see myself sitting happily, laughing with friends, enjoying the atmosphere, getting my buzz. How I wish this was my reality. It’s an awful trick my mind does play. The reality of this image is a much more grim and stinky outcome with a spiteful slur and a half shut right eyelid.

One night two weeks ago I had the biggest struggle yet. My partner was out of town which in past times meant I could freely sit on my back varanda, chain smoke durries and skull as much damn beer as I wanted without anyone to judge or kill my buzz. I could freely get as fucked up as I always wanted to, resentment free (never the case but pre-binge always think it will be) So he was out, my baby was asleep and that night would be the first episode of a particularly trashy reality TV show I secretly love. In my mind, I thought it would be such a treat to sit there and sip wine in my jammies while enjoying the trashy frivolity on TV. I could do that, it is innocent enough. Of course I could sneak a few smokes in too, its my life after all! The physical ache for the feeling of cold beer bubbling down my throat was extremely overwhelming. The hot burn of sickly sweet menthol cigarettes burning my nostrils, gross but i loved it. I wanted it bad and new I could easily do it. Also I could do it and nobody would ever know.

Thank god I couldn’t bare facing my fiance afterward if I had. My own shame and guilt would have sent me to destruction however I knew there was no way I could keep that from him, and once he knew how upset he would be. For me, this would mean months of agonising anxiety and guilt, repeating it over and over and surely would severely and irrevocably damage our relationship. So. Not. Worth. It.

Luckily I choose to fight off this demon with a big ass bowl of pasta and a tub of ice cream. And I tell ya what – I was proud as punch sitting up on the lounge in a little nest I made for myself with my family tub of ice cream wrapped in a tea towel and a spoon. I felt like Queen of the world and damn proud of myself.

The real peach was after my show, I messaged my dear fiance and told him how close I came and he sweetly supported me and loved me more. The absolute best outcome of the choice I made.

I chose life, I chose him, I chose me.

7 thoughts on “Alcoholic – The loose term

  1. You did indeed choose life, him and you. When we come through these challenges it makes us so much stronger and able to deal with them the next time. Well done you. I’m still having a few battles with it myself and you have spurred me on. Claire xx

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    1. Thank you Claire 😍 I was so close it was crazy, and I knew it was a craving and it would pass but it was very very real as in very physical. I had so almost talked myself into it! It’s amazing what the mind can do. Both putting me in that position but also getting me out of it 🤣🤣 Thank you for taking the time to comment xx I hope you are happy and healthy

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      1. Ups and downs, as you can tell from recent posts 😂 The kind certainly is a powerful thing. The trick is finding a way to use it for good, not evil! It can be devious that’s for sure. X

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  2. Congratulations. It’s ok not to cope sometimes. A few extra calories can be ran off, and everyone thinks you have become a fitness fanatic.
    Stay strong.

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  3. I can relate to this so much! Being indulgent all alone after the kids are in bed, partner is away…. he rarely is, but there was one weekend last fall, so long ago but I still remember the regret after. As of now I too see myself at some point enjoying drinking again in moderation…. but am hoping that after I am sober for a good long stretch I won’t even want that anymore.
    p.s. Love your style.

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    1. Thanks Veg Mama x x it’s funny our minds have created memory paths associated with drinking that make us believe it’s all sunshine and roses when in reality it is not. My plan is to create new pathways so that I dont fall into the same dysfunctional loops. Whether I can achieve that with alcohol is another story, I certainly dont trust myself yet 😂🤣

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