A happy and stable alcoholic?
August 9, 2010 9:06 AM Subscribe
I'm an alcoholic. Help me feel comfortable with my alcohol intake.
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (49 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I know that I'm an alcoholic by all standard American metrics. I drink basically every day. I always want a drink. I wake up in the morning and I want whiskey instead of coffee.
But I have coffee. I feel like I am good at drinking the amount that I want to drink. I don't lose control and go on binges. My consumption doesn't interfere with my life in any way. All the same, I periodically get this feeling that I should be feeling guiltier than I do. Like that, having admitted that I always want a drink, the reasonable thing to do is not to control my drinking, but rather to join a twelve step program. I tell myself that that's just programming from American prohibitionist culture, but sometimes I wonder.
During the week, I go to work every morning. I always take my lunches at the same restaurant and I always have a bottle of beer with lunch. I never have two. In the evenings, I have another beer with dinner, and sometimes another afterwards.
On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, I'll have whiskey after dinner. Depending on the night, I'll put back between three and six ounces before I go to bed.
On average, I figure I consume about 25 units of alcohol per week. I can remember the last day I didn't have a drink. It was six months ago and I was on antibiotics. Like I said, I know that this makes me an alcoholic by most measures but what I can't figure out is why I should care that I'm an alcoholic by most measures.
Is it reasonable to keep drinking like this given that I'm productive and it makes me happy.
Incidentally, I'm married with two young children. My wife drinks most days as well, but less than I do. I am one hundred percent certain that we are providing a safe home for our children, but perhaps fear of passing on this same behavior to them is part of what makes me ask this question.