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THE FACTS AND MYTHS ABOUT ACLOHOLISM

Dr. Steve Frisch, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in
Chicago, Illinois and Northfield, Illinois.

You can contact Dr. Frisch, Psy.D. at drfrisch@aliveandwellnews.com  or at
(847) 604-3290.

Recover from chemical dependency as well as its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series.


Facts About…
The Facts and Myths About Alcoholism

Pathfinder’s Checklist
The facts and myths about alcoholism.

1.) It’s a myth that alcoholics are weak. The fact is that alcoholism is a disease not a moral weakness. Alcoholics are compelled to drink, and can only stop with help. 

2.) It’s a myth that an alcoholic will only get better if they want to get better. The fact is that alcoholics will usually only seek help if they hit bottom, but that doesn't mean that you have to help them drink. You can help them by making them take responsibility for their actions, by not lying for them, by not helping them out of their messes, and by not being financially supportive. 

3.) It’s a myth that only bums become alcoholics. The fact is that anyone can be an alcoholic. Alcoholism affects people of all classes, races, sexes, and countries. Many famous figures in history were alcoholics.  

4.) It’s a myth that women can’t become alcoholics. The fact is that a woman is just as likely to become an alcoholic as a man. The number of women who are alcoholic is becoming closer to the same number of men who are alcoholic as more women are willing to admit their problem publicly. 

5.) It’s a myth that you can’t be an alcoholic because you never drink alone. The fact is that where a person drinks is unimportant. How much and how often are more important than where. In fact, some alcoholics have drinking buddies—other alcoholics that they drink with on a regular basis. 

6.) It’s a myth that because you control your drinking by drinking only on the weekends that you can’t be an alcoholic. The fact is that you may suffer from something called binge drinking—a period of abstinence from alcohol followed by large consumption of alcohol over a short period of time. It’s a very common form of alcoholism—especially among college students.  

7.) It’s a myth that you can’t be an alcoholic because you only drink beer. The fact is that alcohol is alcohol. It simply takes a greater quantity of beer to become inebriated. 

8.) It’s a myth that drinking makes someone feel better if they’re feeling sad or depressed. The fact is that alcohol is a depressant. Although its initial effect is stimulating, the cumulative effect of several drinks actually serves to depress the areas of the brain which control motor functions and ability to make judgments and decisions. Alcohol is often a factor in suicide. 

9.) It’s a myth that I you can’t be an alcoholic if you’re able to handle your liquor.  The fact is that high tolerance to alcohol often takes a high consumption of alcohol. Alcoholics are famous for drinking someone under the table because non-alcoholics do not have a high-tolerance for alcohol. 

10.) It’s a myth
that if you are intelligent, educated and of good moral character you can’t become an alcoholic. The fact is that intelligence, morality and willpower are totally irrelevant to the disorder of alcoholism. You can't think your way out of an illness or change involuntary behavior by an effort of will alone. Alcoholics need help to recover.

11.) It’s a myth that if you still have your job, home, family and social standing, you can't be an alcoholic. The fact is that most of the 9,000,000 alcoholics in this country are married and employed. Only about three percent have slipped as far as Skid Row; indeed, many are affluent and socially prominent. But it is a fact that alcoholics who continue to drink lose many of those values and possessions --- and eventually their sanity and their lives, as well. The average life expectancy for alcoholics is fifty-two years.

12.) It’s a myth that family, friends and associates help alcoholics by making excuses for their drinking, helping them lie about their absenteeism, assuming their responsibilities for them and bailing them out of the trouble their drinking causes them and those close to them. The fact is that this conspiracy of denial and silence surrounding alcoholism simply enables alcoholics to keep on drinking by depriving them of a clear realization of the absolute necessity to stop.

13.) It’s a myth that if you drink only fine wines and beer, you won't become an alcoholic; or that if you have a drinking problem, beer and wine won't affect you as seriously as hard liquor. The fact is that alcohol is alcohol, and its chemistry is the same in fine wine, choice whiskey, vodka or beer. The concentration may differ, but the chemical and its effect do not.

14.) It’s a myth that if you only drink on weekends and you don't drink in the morning, you can't be an alcoholic. The fact is that alcoholism is not how much your drink, nor how often, nor at what time of day. Alcoholism is what happens to you when you drink.

15.) It’s a myth that alcoholism is a physical illness; or that it is a psychological problem; or that it is a moral or spiritual disability; or even a domestic or sociological issue. The fact is that alcoholism is not any one of those things, but a complex combination of all of them.

16.) It’s a myth that you there is not hope for you if you have the disease of alcoholism. The fact is that alcoholics can be effectively treated. Hundreds of thousands of alcoholics are today living sober, successful, happy, creative, and useful lives.

G.B.U.

Steve


Recover from chemical dependency as well as its toxic impact on family members. Raise your children to choose to be alcohol and other drugs free. Learn how to in Dr. Frisch’s, Psy.D. Recovery book series—From Insanity to Serenity.



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