ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Alcoholism the myth of the brown paperbag

Updated on March 17, 2015

Who is the alcoholic?

Peoples perception of an alcoholic have changed very little over the years. Look at the the pictures and pick out the alcoholic? Nearly everyone will pick the man down on his luck, but the correct answer is all of them.

Alcoholics come from all walks of live, from the doctor to the down and out, the lawyer to the layabout, or the have lots to have nots .Alcoholism can be found in any class, gender, or age group. Most people still see the alcoholic as the old man with the coat tied with rope drinking from the brown paper bag.

People also use different tags for alcoholics, functioning alcoholic, former alcoholic, performing alcoholic, and recovering alcoholic. I believe at different stages in my alcoholism I have been a mixed bag of three of the four. I personally believe that alcoholism can be arrested but cannot be cured therefore is no such person as a former alcoholic.

Functioning alcoholic

I fell into this category when some aspects of my life where not been affected by my drinking. I was still holding down a job,

Performing alcoholic

I fell into this category when I was off on another bender not known when it would end.

Recovering alcoholic

I have been in this category during my many attempts to stop drinking.

Most of my drinking life I have been a mixed up confused bag of all the above.

Another perception that people have is that an alcoholic is almost always drunk. When I first told workmates and friends I was an alcoholic they were shocked, and said they would never have guessed, that was because I had become mainly a house drinker and could hide the amount I drank.

I did not take a lot to get me drunk and a lot of my friends could drink more, the difference was when we left the pub they went home to bed, I went home for more drink..

Alcoholism is a progressive disease very few people begin drinking alcoholically, some get there in a relatively short time others take years.

Early stage of alcoholism

You are no longer just social drinking but to escape from normal life stresses and problems.

Second stage of alcoholism

The need to drink becomes more intense. You have probably started morning drinking to kick start your day As tolerance increases, the problem drinker drinks because of dependence on alcohol, rather than stress relief.

Third stage of alcoholism

You have started to lose control of your drinking. Unable to drink according to your intentions. Once you take that first drink you can no longer control what will happen.Relationship problems and family problems are now growing and you are starting to hide your drinking. By now you know you have a drink problem, the feelings of guilt and remorse are creeping in ,but hey if I take a drink they go away.

Final stage of alcoholism

Benders are now the norm, you get helplessly drunk for days at a time, you have lost your job, your family have thrown you out, and you are now drinking to forget the problems caused by drinking. You are on the road to oblivion.

You can stop this journey at any stage. The majority of alcoholics try to stop there journey somewhere between step 3 and 4.

We all have different reason for facing up to our problem. I am one of the lucky ones ,I still have my job and the support and love of my family. The next time you see the man with the brown paper bag, pray that he may one day find peace from this horrendous addiction.

This is a poem I like to read to me remind me that one of the most important tools in my recovery toolbox,is being honest with myself.

The Man in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggles for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to a mirror and look at yourself

And see what that man has to say.

For it isn't your father or mother or wife

Whose judgment upon you must pass,

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you're a straight-shooting chum

And call you a wonderful guy.

But the man in the glass says you're only a bum

If you can't look him straight in the eye.

He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest

For he's with you clear to the end

And you've passed your most dangerous test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years

And get pats on the back as you pass

But your final reward will be heartache and tears

If you've cheated the man in the glass.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • lyndre profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Scotland

      C.heers CC.If I ever go back guard your bottle I,ll be coming :lol:

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      Well, best of luck with you on your road to recovery. CC


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)