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Living With Alcoholism

Updated on August 12, 2013

If you drink alcohol with family and friends, just to be social, it can be a fun time, but abusing alcohol each and every day is the root of all evil.

Many people just don't know what the difference is between unwinding and relaxing over a cocktail or a glass of beer on special occasions. People with an alcohol addiction do not know how to have a few social drinks and call it quits for the evening.

I was one of those people at one time in my life, but don't miss it at all now. I wish I could of been as strong as I am now back then.

Living with alcoholism in ones life is a tough thing, not only for the alcoholic, but everyone in the alcoholics life.

The alcoholic doesn't realize all the things they are missing out on in life all because of the demons within, taking full control of their minds and bodies.

Oh yes, these demons within can and will take over you ever so slowly without you realizing whats happening, and before you know you can't live without them.

They have you addicted without further notice, in fact, they are so tricky that you may not even know when it all happened. When did I realize I was addicted to alcohol? The answer was quite simple. It was when I couldn't do without it for even one day. The craving was so strong that my body craved the alcohol each and everyday.

If we the alcoholics stop feeding our demons the fuel to survive, we become a very miserable person, but get that first drink of the day inside your body and yes our worries and life seems to get better, so we think.

Thinking back to the good old drinking days, I always wondered to myself, how could I stop drinking alcohol without any real side effects. I really never came up with an answer, and deep down inside I was really afraid to quit drinking.

So, I just continued down the path to self destruction, and along the way taking everything and everybody down with me.

When someone is addicted to alcohol they only have one thing that is the most important in their life, and that is satisfying their demons, and seem to forget about what really is the most important, which is the alcoholic them self and their families and friends.

One day something just clicked in my mind, telling me and warning me of what was yet to come. This inner voice made a huge impact and changed my life for ever.

I had to place these two videos in this hub. When watching these myself they actually brought a tear to my eye. You may ask yourself why, but they truth of the matter is that they hit home to me and that the statements said, reminded me so much of my words and thoughts.

Living with alcoholism can be stopped in your life, if and only if you have the willingness and the desire to become clean and sober again.

Some may have to hit rock bottom before they realize that something must be done. The point is that the alcoholic can stop that journey down to rock bottom just by taking a real hard look at your life and what you are doing to your family, friends and most of all, to yourself.

Try hard to make this change in your life and love yourself more than ever before. Give your one and only body a second chance to live, like you should have been living all along, and that is living the life of Sobriety and Positivity.


© 2010 Mark Bruno


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      Elsie Nelson 

      8 years ago from Pacific Northwest, USA

      Boy am I grateful to be sober today!!! I know what you mean about that inner voice, thank goodness I listened, heeded and decided to make a change. Can't imagine where I'd be today. Thanks for this important hub.

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      First of all, I love your profile name. What a positive energy this puts forth on hubpages. I lost my mother and brother to the debilitating effects of alcoholism. When I was younger, I always thought it was my fault. Not a surprise that I ended up in the mental health field. I see that a HUGE evil in our society is that it is so socially acceptable to drink that people are not taking problem drinking seriously because they don't have to which just perpetuates denial. Anyway, thank you so much for your honesty and sharing your story with us.

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      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ bayoulady It takes time to realize you can live without alcohol. It did for me. It took a lot of willpower and believing that I could conquer this addiction. I keep a positive attitude always and I keep remembering all those horrible things I did and said while being drunk. I'll always will have the reputation of being an alcoholic, but deep down inside me I know that I won the game and beat my addiction. The point is that the alcoholic has to want to quit drinking before anything positive can come out of their life.

      Sometimes it takes something bad to happen to the alcoholic before they realize things have to change

      Thank you for your comment and I wish your friend all the luck and success to become clean and sober again.

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      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      I have a friend who just publicly said,"Hello, my name is _______ and I am an alcoholic. When she told us about it, I cried. Such a hard step for her. I pray she can someday say as you said."I don't miss it." Bless you!

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @ yes you right. Many people don't know when to say I have had enough. They need to be strong and walk away. That's were I went wrong in my life when I was drinking alcohol. I am so glad to be clean and sober again!! :)

    • the clean life profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      @gphoenix Thanks for your comment and I am glad you made it away safe and were able to re-build your life. Alcoholism is such a tough thing to get rid of and effects so many people lives beyond the alcoholic themselves.

      Stay strong my friend !!

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      8 years ago

      Like you say, not knowing where to draw the line - the difference between unwinding and calling it quits. Very well put thanks again! clean life - helping get the story straight.

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      8 years ago

      As you say the effects go way beyond the alcoholics themselves. Friends and family of alcoholics both enable the disease and are affected by it. Often they find it difficult to get away from the alcoholic despite the harm being done. My wife was an alcoholic and, although the whole family suffered for most of our marriage, I was only able to get away after 35 years of marriage. Al-Anon was an enormous help to me and enabled me to re-build my life.

      Many thanks for your open and honest hub.


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