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How An Addiction To Alcohol Can Hold You Back In Life

Updated on August 12, 2013

Everyone in the world wants the best in life, but for some of us things get in the way from letting us achieve our dreams and goals. Many people wonder how an addiction to alcohol can hold you back in life, and the reason in my opinion is, that "Alcohol" comes first and foremost in many alcoholics lives.

When alcohol becomes so important in your life you tend to forget about what really matters in your life and life itself.

You may ask, "how can an addiction to alcohol hold people back in their life?" The reason is alcohol comes first in many cases, even before your family in many cases. You have no regards to your own life and the family and friends that love and care about you and your addiction. All you care about is when can you have that next drink and how drunk you can get. Everything comes second.

They worry constantly about how you are living your life, and the addiction to alcohol you have. You may not think it's a big deal, but believe me, others see you going downhill as the months and years pass by, and many times say things to you regarding this problem that you may think you don't even have.

Back in my drinking days I wouldn't listen to anyone for the fact that I thought they were all nuts and didn't know what they were talking about. After all, I thought there was no problem with my drinking. I was just one of those guys that loved drinking beer and alcohol. I was no different than any other person that drank alcohol, OR WAS I?

Yes, the great old word of denial is where I was as well as any other alcoholic. This word denial makes you think you have not a problem whatsoever with drinking alcohol. People can talk to you till their blue in the face, but it goes in one ear and out the other. Does this sound familiar to you?

How about these famous words:

You people must be crazy or blind to even say I have a drinking problem. After all I can stop drinking alcohol anytime I wish, just like that!

That is a bunch of crap my friends. You and I can talk a good game, and hoping by saying these words we would convince ourselves we have no problem, because after all we told those people we could stop drinking anytime, so we must be okay.

Talking a good game and doing something about winning that game are two different things. You and I say we can stop drinking, which is great, but now prove it to yourself and others, and I don't mean stop drinking for a week or month. I mean forever! Do you think you could do that?


Alcohol First - Life Second ?

When I say, Alcohol first and life second means that so many people, including myself, put alcohol before all else, and in some cases, before their own life.

Alcohol stops one from doing so many things that they wanted to do in their life. There are those though that alcohol stops nothing in their life, such as getting in a car after drinking, and driving on the road drunk. These people have no remorse for their life or anyone's life that they might cut short because of their poor judgement.

For those that value their life and others, such as I did, when I drank alcohol I would not ever get in a car while being under the influence of alcohol. This is one thing that would hold you back because of your addiction to alcohol. For instance, if you were not drinking alcohol you could get in your car anytime of the day or night and drive anywhere you wish without worrying about DUI's or killing yourself or some innocent person.

How about all those dreams and goals you wanted in life, but alcohol stood in the way from making those dreams and goals a reality. It happened to me, and it sure can happen to you as well. Don't think it won't, because alcohol does not discriminate. It will ruin anyone's life in a heart beat if you allow it to do so.

How about common sense? Oh that's right, when we drink alcohol our common sense goes right out the window, because we have none. Alcohol tells us what to do and not our mind. If you think you are more powerful than alcohol, think again.

Once those demons get hold of you, you will have a hard time getting rid of them. They get nice and settled and start to run and ruin your life, one day at a time.

We need to be stronger than our addiction and to learn that powerful word called "NO" I WILL NOT LET ALCOHOL RUN AND RUIN MY LIFE.


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© 2013 Mark Bruno


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      5 years ago

      Very meaningful and thought-provoking. Buzzed driving is also drunk driving. It's incredible how many people get behind the wheel thinking that they're okay to drive. And if you're speeding, even worse. voted up. thanks for sharing:)

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      Dianna Mendez 

      5 years ago

      Good talk on how addictions can place burdens or limitations on your lifestyle. Voted up.

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      Mark Bruno 

      5 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      khmazz - Thank you for your comment. I do hope what I write will help others that are struggling with an addiction. Thanks for the Vote UP too!

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      Kristen Mazzola 

      5 years ago from South Florida

      Very well written! Great to help with a very difficult demon in so many people's lives. Voted up!


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