Sunday, November 6, 2016
If you know someone who "drinks too much" alone, here is what might be their history. At one time they felt uneasy in social situations. They found that drinking helped them to feel more comfortable with others, or with another person. Subsequently, they kept trying to have that comfortable feeling in social situations. They drank with others and at times drank too much, to where others felt uncomfortable with them. What was happening was that the drinker, now an alcoholic in behavior, had developed a craving for alcohol. They no longer drank to fit in. This craving is unknown to the normal drinker. This craving will lead the alcoholic to finally begin to drink alone. They have progressed way beyond the desire to fit into social situations. They just crave the alcohol. If they keep at the drinking, death will make them cease. One starts out wanting to fit in, or escape some feeling of being an outsider, and end up being an outsider. But by then it is all about alcohol. Craving always trumps will power.