No one sits down on Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 and says, "I think I'll become an alcoholic." No one wants that as a life problem. But it happens, and it's hard to break free from it.
Many physicians and therapists are reluctant to address the issue straight on. They may not want to offend their patients, they may fear losing the patient's business. Or they may simply not recognize how serious the problem is. But many people with anxiety and depression misuse alcohol -- some become dependent on it. Many use alcohol to cope with situations that make them anxious ("I'm going to a party so I will need a few drinks to loosen up"). But there is no problem that you have that alcohol abuse won't make worse. Whether it's your marriage, your relationship with your kids, your job, your health, your mood or your ability to get anything done -- alcohol abuse will make things worse.
Thinking Yourself into Drinking:
I'd like to discuss in this article the way you "think yourself into drinking" -- what I call "drinking thinking." I would suggest that you have two heads -- the head that wants to drink and the head that is rational that wants to be in more control. In this case, two heads are not better than one.
I've been listening to people for years who overdrink. They always have excellent reasons for drinking more -- convincing themselves that they are in control. Let's take a look -- and ask yourself if you or a loved one is a familiar voice here.
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