I want to share with you some of the responses from the survey I took to find out about your drinking problems and what you have tried to do about it. Some of this may strike a chord with you and mirror your own experiences. Thank you if you took part. If you have not yet had the chance, please fill in the brief survey here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MZ6FLGN.
First of all, congratulations to you if you were one of the people who has already been able to give up alcohol. Some people used AA or other support, while others used sheer willpower. The results they were enjoying included better relationships with their family, greater business success and feeling much better about themselves. So, well done!
However, many people are still having problems with alcohol. Some of the main issues they mentioned were:
- Once they started drinking, many people could not stop. They did not have a limit. This was my problem as well,
- Some people have a habit of drinking at specific times such as a lunchtime whisky or a glass of wine at the end of the day (which often becomes more). Others needed weekends for drinking
- Some people were worried about their health. Even then they kept drinking, especially when members of their family also experienced certain problems
Here is some of the pain and frustration people are feeling with their drinking:
- A disconnection with their family, beliefs and friends
- Being a bad role model for their children, some of whom are in their formative years
- The embarrassment they create for themselves and not remembering whether they need to apologize for their actions
- Feeling like they are out of control
- Disappointment that they cannot stop drinking
- Not knowing who to trust or where to turn to for help
I am not sure whether you share some of these frustrations or disappointments. Let me know your comments about your situation and remember, we are here to help.