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Moderate vs. Alcoholic Drinking

“Moderate drinkers have little trouble in giving up liquor entirely if they have good reason for it. They can take it or leave it alone. Then we have a certain type of hard drinker. He may have the habit badly to gradually impair him physically and mentally. It may cause him to die a few years before his time. If a sufficiently strong reason- ill health, falling in love, a change of environment or the warning of a doctor-becomes operative, this man can also stop or moderate, although he may find it difficult and troublesome and may even need medical attention. But what about the real alcoholic? He may start off as a moderate drinker; he may or may not become a continuous hard drinker; but at some stage of his drinking career he begins to lose all control of his liquor consumption once he starts to drink.” – pg. 21 There Is A Solution from the big book of Alcoholics Anonymous

There is a section in the big book that says “If you can drink like a gentleman then our hats are off to you.” Chances are if we are looking for alcohol addiction help and answers to the reasons why we drink the way we do and how to stop it is probably safe to say that we are probably already aware of the fact that we fall under the last category of being a “real alcoholic” If you find that when you drink it is impossible to stop or your boundaries around drinking suddenly go out the window then it is most likely you suffer from this disease too. So where do you go from here? There are several options when it comes to getting sober. There Is California alcohol rehab, AA, sober livings, and other affordable rehabs just to name a few. After deciding which is best for you and doing the work involved in getting and staying sober the healing and rehabilitation process starts. In sobriety not only do you have the opportunity to heal all the areas in your life which had been broken but if you continue on this path you can go onto live a happy, joyous, free, and fun filled life.

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