this came up, I'm on my last day of antibiotics for Diverticulitis and one must abstain completely, they kept warning me, so I either look like a drunk, or drinking on these must be really bad. I do drink Beer, enjoy it too muck most likely.
I quit smoking 30 years ago, I never really thought I was addicted, but I remember vividly the middle of one night digging through the couch cushions
etc. trying to dig up enough money
for some cigarettes, and was quite an ass to the wife too. Made me realize I was addicted, and it was a Royal pain to quit too.
I come from an easily addicted family
, my Mother died from smoking (emphysema) and my Brother drank himself to death, I believe he aspirated his own vomit, but there was no autopsy so we will never know exact cause.
thing was, he coped forever, up to the last year or so, the last year he stayed home a lot, but until then he coped, was Mayor of our town, successful CPA etc. So up to a point, a Drunk can cope, somehow. I remember fishing
with him years ago, he'd get drunk and I'd get up and take the boat out, leaving him below to sleep it off, but he'd get up and I think get a drink in him and be fine the rest of the day, not hung over near as I could tell.
My understanding is as alcoholism progresses, it doesn't take much to keep them drunk, the liver is pretty much dysfunctional and they don't metabolize alcohol?
I believe some have a predisposition to be an addict, and I'm one of those types, so I "watch" it. To be truthful, this upcoming Retirement
has me a little worried, as why not drink every day then? But I figure so long as I have something to keep me busy I won't, so to some extent Cruising will be to me a way to not become a drunk, if that makes sense.