Does Your Family Drink Much?
I don’t ever want to put temptation in front of somebody to whom I know alcohol is a danger. It is more important for me to pass on cocktail hour than to give even a nudge to a friend who shouldn’t drink. If you know you shouldn’t drink or have quit, tell your friends clearly. Peer pressure to drink can be enormous, especially on the young.
AA is probably the best choice for a problem drinker. The people I know who have overcome alcohol’s power over them speak glowingly of the mentoring, insights, brutal frankness, and camaraderie of the people at their meetings.
Different people are born with different tolerance for and vulnerability to alcohol. Is that fair? No. But if you ever notice that you have a hard time stopping, or if people around you start warning you, you may need to quit before you slide into addiction.
Can you tell the difference between social drinking and self-medicating?
Alcohol is like sex—something that can give joy and pleasure, but capable also of destroying. Alcohol can destroy cars, marriages, health, and lives. Its power needs to be respected. We need to listen to the people around us to verify our own judgment.
Our Lord Jesus died and rose to forgive the sins of alcohol abuse just like all other sins. If he forgives you, you can forgive yourself. The gospel of Jesus’ love and forgiveness will do a better job of helping you climb out of depression and self-loathing better than alcohol ever will.
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