'The 5 types of drinkers' might be
None of the drinkers belongs to any of the first five categories knows when and how will they develop to the condition of the disease ‘Alcoholism’. Let us have look at one of the ‘alcoholic’s history and I alert you to evaluate yourself.
I remember I was very fond of drinks from a tender age. I just had a liking for it. My parents did not drink nor my brother and two sisters. I was brought up in a village and there were some country made medicines that contained alcohol. I used to simply pretend that I have a tummy ache and ask my mother for that medicine shot which contained alcohol. It gave me a nice feeling and a warm glow within me. During my school and college, there were a few instances when I had a small drink.
When I came to Mumbai, I was just 17 years of age. I remember accompanying my relatives who drank regularly and I used to just sip from their glasses and feel happy. Up to the age of 26 drinking was occasional. Then on, I had become a weekend drinker in the company of my friends and relatives. This continued for an year or so. I could not get the right mood with just a peg or two.
My intake increased as the time passed. I would create special occasions, like home parties, picnics etc. just to drink more and more. At the age of 30 I had become daily compulsive boozard. There was prohibition in Mumbai and so I was drinking country liquor. By this time, my financial health was very bad and I had large debts. I would lie to friends to borrow money for drinking and fan my big shotitism followed than on. By the age 33, I was left with just my Job and a rented flat. My bank balance and good friends had disappeared. I would get blackouts after a few drinks and did not know what I did rest of the time until I awoke the next morning. I was living in fear. The life I led was lonely.
'Compulsive drinking' and 'Binge Drinking' gave me painful hangovers, cold sweats and weakness regularly as during this period I could not eat for days on end.
I had come to a dead end. I had faith in Mother Mary and as a Roman Catholic by birth, I used to pray to Her, sober or drunk, to help me to get out of this drunkenness. On the 2nd of October 1968 I went searching for Alcoholics Anonymous and attended my first A.A. meeting at Foundation Group. Two months and seven days I did not touch any kind of liquor. I was feeling nice within and also put on some weight. But I doubted the statement in A.A. "Once an Alcoholic Always an Alcoholic" I would try to prove A.A. wrong on this. I went to experiment against advice and went to have just 2 pegs and stop. Unfortunately I could not stop drinking for 7 more months. This was the worst of my drinking career. I crawled back to "A.A". once again on the 27th of July, 1969, a totally defeated and humbled man.
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