When I first started rethinking my drinking habit over two decades ago, I did what everybody does I went looking for help. Only I didn’t have the robust internet research tool that we have today, the worldwide web. Well, I did, but it was much slower and resources weren’t yet accessible on the web or available.
I didn’t want help to abstain but to slow down, take a break, get control of my drinking, but that just wasn’t an option.
The most common thought tracks today are:
If you can’t stop or control drinking, you have a disease or disorder.
And a more progressive stance removes “alcohol illness” out of the equation but villainizes alcohol.
Villainizing alcohol looks like “you don’t have to quit drinking” while promoting alcohol is bad, evil, and poison, and the alcohol industry is conspiring to turn you into an alcohol craving monster so they can fill their pockets – they are out to get you.
If you don’t want them to win, stop drinking is your way of taking your power back and sticking it to them.