Five myths about alcoholism
•Myth #1: I can stop drinking anytime I want to.it’s just an excuse to keep drinking. The truth is, you don’t want to stop. Telling yourself you can quit makes you feel in control, despite all evidence to the damage it’s doing.
•Myth #2: My drinking is my problem. I’m the one it hurts, so no one has the right to tell me to stop.ou are deceiving yourself if you think that your drinking hurts no one else but you. Alcoholism affects everyone around you—especially the people closest to you. Your problem is their problem.
•Myth #3: I don’t drink every day, so I can’t be an alcoholic OR I only drink wine or beer, so I can’t be an alcoholic. If your drinking is causing problems in your home or work life, you have a drinking problem—whether you drink daily or only on the weekends, drink three bottles of beers a day or three bottles of whiskey.
•Myth #4: I’m not an alcoholic because I have a job and I’m doing okay. Many alcoholics are able to hold down jobs, get through school, and provide for their families. Some are even able to excel. But just because you’re a high-functioning alcoholic doesn’t mean you’re not putting yourself or others in danger.
•Myth #5: Drinking is not a “real” addiction like drug abuse. Alcohol addiction causes changes in the body and brain, and long-term alcohol abuse can have devastating effects on your health, your career, and your relationships. Alcoholics go through physical withdrawal when they stop drinking, just like drug users do when they quit.