Asking others if they see a problem with our drinking means maybe we asked ourselves that and didn’t like our own answers! Early on in my drinking, frankly I did not care what you thought! Until I did.
A Few Questions That May Give Answers:
What is it a drink can give you that living without one can’t supply?
A happy buzz is one thing; numbness isn’t why social drinkers enjoy a glass or two, now and then.
Does your drinking take you to places you didn’t mean to go?
I don’t mean dives – although they are hardly the haunts of social imbibers. I mean situations you knew better to avoid; conversations that blew up; sexual encounters for which you had not planned?
If you let booze ever take you back to those places, or people, what part of that seemed like a good idea?
How much time do you spend thinking about how well you are controlling your intake of booze?
As an anonymous, kind voice once suggested to me, when I called the local AA chapter to see if they could tell if I had a drinking problem, “Why don’t you try coming to a few meetings, and listen for answers. Alcoholism isn’t contagious.”
It’s Your Choice
Neither is recovery – we each must to do it for ourselves. But Oh! It’s great to have the fellowship!
Love in Christ,
Sober and Grateful