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Re: Advice needed-
Jun 11, 2004
Well, my father was apparently an alcoholic. He pretty much ruined his life. And he can't blame it on any 'disease' because my grandfather, his father, pretty much never drank alcohol, and neither did my granmother. I like alcohol socially or sometimes when I feel really lonely and unhappy, but I'm not an alcoholic. Reversely, my ex-boyfriend's father was also an alcoholic (you wouldn't know it cause he was a responsible family man with a great job, but he drank a little every day and could not miss a day. he died of a heart attack at a young age too), and yet neither my exboyfriend nor ANY of his 4 siblings had any problems with alcohol. It's an addiction, yes, but the only person responsible for it is the addicted person. My view might be unpopular but I firmly believe alcoholism is not a disease in the same sense as cancer or diabetes is. It's not there encoded in your genes and waiting to come out at any moment. I believe that if the alcoholic took the responsibility for creating their own addiction and stopped blaming their genes, then they would have a much better chance of recovering.
Re: Advice needed-
Jun 11, 2004
[QUOTE=SophiaM]Well, my father was apparently an alcoholic. He pretty much ruined his life. And he can't blame it on any 'disease' because my grandfather, his father, pretty much never drank alcohol, and neither did my granmother. I like alcohol socially or sometimes when I feel really lonely and unhappy, but I'm not an alcoholic. Reversely, my ex-boyfriend's father was also an alcoholic (you wouldn't know it cause he was a responsible family man with a great job, but he drank a little every day and could not miss a day. he died of a heart attack at a young age too), and yet neither my exboyfriend nor ANY of his 4 siblings had any problems with alcohol. It's an addiction, yes, but the only person responsible for it is the addicted person. My view might be unpopular but I firmly believe alcoholism is not a disease in the same sense as cancer or diabetes is. It's not there encoded in your genes and waiting to come out at any moment. I believe that if the alcoholic took the responsibility for creating their own addiction and stopped blaming their genes, then they would have a much better chance of recovering.[/QUOTE]


I do respect that opinion, but I really believe that they can be encoded in your genes. I firmly believe that this is a disease. Just like diabetes, I think there is a chemical embalance there that is treated with alchohol.





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