When does Alcoholism Start, How does one become Alcoholic?
For this Alcoholic the drinking started at an early age. I was 13 or 14 when I would go to my friends homes and drink the liquor that was in their liquor cabinet. It could have been Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, it really did not matter. My friends and I would drink 1 large drink and being new to alcohol and young, it was easy to get very drunk on just one good drink. This is where it began for this Alcoholic. I thought I was just a kid having fun, but really I was starting a pattern that would continue until I landed in the rooms of AA at the age of 23.
During my teenage years my drinking escalated. I was able to buy beer and alcohol from the local liquor stores when I was 16 and could drive a car. The drinking age then was 18 years of age. So as a 16 or 17 year old I appeared old enough to buy “booze” legally. Once I could go and buy beer and liquor I could drink all I wanted to drink. It was a bad recipe for me. I had the alcoholic gene as alcoholism runs in my family and I was headed down the path to becoming an Alcoholic.
When did I really become Alcoholic?
I really became Alcoholic when I was 19 or 20 years old. I was drinking everyday and I was drinking to get drunk. And even if I was drinking and not getting completely all out drunk, I was getting a solid “buzz” on. I did not get much accomplished in the next few years. My drinking was constantly getting in the way. I would lose jobs. I would lose friends. I would lose relationships with girlfriends that I cared about, unless they approved of my drinking, or just thought I was a “party” guy. Cool and having a good-time, that was my outward facade to others. Those friends that seemed to think it was okay stayed in my circle. Those who did not approve of my alcoholic behavior simply left my life. And that was okay with me. I just wanted to hang-out with friends who drank like I drank.
How did I know I was becoming Alcoholic? I began to have alcohol withdrawal symptoms if I did not have a few beers for breakfast. I would get the shakes and the sweats. I needed a drink in the morning to function, be it a few beers, or a screwdriver, vodka and orange juice, or a sea breeze, vodka and cranberry juice. So now I needed to drink. I had no choice. Just to appear normal I had to have a certain amount of Alcohol in my system. I never tried to stop drinking. I did not see the point. My drinking would go from out of control to controlled. I could control my daily drinking for the most part, but still I had to drink to keep myself from going into alcohol withdrawal. This is when you know you are a real alcoholic. When you need to drink just to function. When you need to drink just to stay out of alcohol withdrawal. This would go on for 3 or 4 more years until things in my life were hitting bottom after bottom and I could not do anything that would be considered normal life tasks without having some alcohol in my system to calm my nerves. Until enough bottoms came around and soon I had no choice but to face up to the fact that I had a big problem with alcohol. I had become an alcoholic. I was 23 years old and headed for the rooms of AA. I was heading to AA whether I liked it or not. My life had become such a disaster that my family demanded I face my problem and go to AA meetings. So that is what I did. I went to AA meetings for a little more than a year staying sober and away from alcohol. I had my first taste of a life with drinking alcohol in a solid 6 or 7 years. And so my journey towards sobriety began. I was one of the lucky ones. I made it to AA meetings and had a chance to change my life circumstances.
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