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Drinking And Abusing Alcohol Is A Choice

Updated on August 12, 2013

No One Forced You to Drink

No one has bent your arm and forced you to start drinking alcohol. Drinking and abusing alcohol is a choice and not something you were forced into doing.

Granted, none of us that have or had an addiction to alcohol just woke up one morning and said, "I think I will drink and abuse alcohol and become an alcoholic."

That's not what happens at all, but what may happen are a few things that started me off to being an alcoholic.

Number one could be just plain old peer pressure when your friends are starting that experiment with drinking alcohol and you feel as if you didn't join in their drinking games they would no longer want you as part of their family of friends.

Number two and maybe the worst one is, as you get older and start to have more and more responsibilities things may look to you as overwhelming and you may have too much on your plate at once to handle. So, what do you do to ease the pain and make things a bit more easy for you to handle. You get the booze out and start drinking hoping things will go away.

Believe me, whatever it is that you can't handle will NOT go away by drinking alcohol. Things will look as if it's going better than a couple hours ago, but at the end of the day, that trouble, problem or overwhelming feeling will still be there and maybe even worse.

Is Alcohol an Disease

Once you have started down that path of drinking and abusing alcohol each day of your life, you will find that you are trapped and in prison by your own demons that won't let you go.

Now you have an addiction and you are hooked to living this life of drinking everyday feeding your inner demons what they need. Alcohol is a disease, but that disease could of been avoided if you had in the beginning the willpower to say NO.

You started that experiment of drinking with your friends or to ease the burden of life and it's problems and now look you are a full blown alcoholic, just like i was.

Even though I have been sober for close to four (4) years now, I will always be an alcoholic, sad to say, but true. I earned that name that I hate to even say. It sounds so harsh to me, but I earned it and now I have to live with it for the rest of my life.

If i could of taken one drink and called it quits for the night, I wouldn't have the problems I have now. I was one of the guys that one beer or one drink was never enough. I needed more and more until I hit that point of the buzz I was so used to, and as the drinking continued it always took more alcohol to get to that point that made me satisfied.

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The Choice Is Yours Whether to Live Sober or Drunk

Yes, the choice is yours and mind whether to live sober and be happy, or to live drunk, unhealthy and miserable. It's up to what you want out of your life.

My choice is sobriety anytime than being drunk and not having a clean head. Being in the fog and feeling like crap every single morning I wake up. That is not for me anymore, and you should think about trying to stop drinking alcohol as well and save your own life.

I have nothing against drinking, but abusing alcohol each day needed to stop. That is where I was in my life and I needed to just stop and not look back, so that's what I did and will continue to do until the end of my time here.

© 2013 Mark Bruno

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      Your welcomed Mark. very true, I agree. Have a great week too.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Marlene- Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yeah the children these days feel as if they don't do as their friends do, they will not have any friends, so they just do what have to be done in order to be like others. The sad part is that they do these things and before they know it they are addicted, because they can not say that most important word NO.

      Thanks Marlene and have a great week ahead. :)

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      This is a well-written and informative hub. I agree, peer pressure is one of the main causes of underage drinking. It starts in the home too. There are a lot of parents who allow their teens to have parties and allow underage drinking at home. Regardless of age, we must stand up for ourselves and just say No. It takes a lot of courage to do that. Many people would much rather give in to peer pressure than be ridiculed by their peers. Congratulations for remaining sober close to four years. This is a big accomplishment and you should be proud. Good video.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      SoundNFury- Thank you for reading. You are so right the biggest part is to admit you have a problem and so many people, including myself, way back when never thing they have a problem at all.

      Pamdora - A HUGE congrats to you on 15 years of sobriety. Way to go my friend. October 27 this year will be 4 years for me and going strong. God Bless you and keep up the great work as I will do the same!

      teaches12345- Thank you for always commenting and your kind words to me. It really means so much to me. Thank you again my Dear

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      SilentReed - Thank you for your comment and those words ring a bell to me. Not me I can control my drinking. yeah right, not me. One or two were never enough, so to fix that, I had to not drink at all.

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      Mark Bruno 4 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ BILL- Thanks Bill for your comment and for your kind words. It really means a lot my friend .

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      SilentReed 4 years ago from Philippines

      There is a grey area between social drinking and alcohol abuse. No one forces us to drink. We form the habit and before we realize the situation, it takes hold of us. One reason perhaps is because we pride ourself with having the willpower for moderation. "Not me, I am capable of controlling my drinking." we say to ourselves.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Great message of truth and I hope it hits home with many who need to hear it. Always love your posts, Mark. God bless you.

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      Pamdora 4 years ago

      Yeah, me too. I definitely had to just do the cold turkey (as opposed to Wild Turkey) thing on my own. AA meetings just made want to hit the nearest bar after the meetings. But when I hit bottom, and knew it beyond a shadow of a doubt, I told my guy to dump the few beers we had left in the house (he didn't drink at all), and that was that.

      Fifteen years ago!

      Voted Up and More.

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      Michael Valencia 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Right on the money, Mark. No excuses! One of the biggest parts of getting sober are admitting the truth and taking responsibility for one's actions.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      The truth can save lives, and you have spoken the truth, Mark. Now, hopefully, someone will listen.

      Well done buddy! I'm proud of you!

      bill