Whiskey to me was like a long-lost love of mine, it seemed so right at times, but there was always a price to pay.I know 100% of what you mean. When you’re a few drinks in ramping up and you hit that premium mental state. For me, music sounded 20x better - going straight to my feelings and bypassing the normal filtering. It was brief on my way to getting drunk but it was like nirvana. Some historical author called it “liquid sunshine”. I’ve stopped drinking but completely related to this.
On point. But it's probably better stated that alcoholism ruins the life of all around you before the alcoholic even notices.I might guess that alcoholism ruins your life before it finally kills you.
I'm curious how people die from alcoholism.
Can study the last days and hours of Townes Van Zandt. The man litterally sucumbed to alcoholism. Hank Williams ended the same way.
Sounds like a support group would help. Knowing you are not alone and listening to others dealing with same thing. There are many Wish you luck. Here is just one link https://www.caregiveraction.org/family-caregiver-toolboxInteresting subject. I don’t know if I’m alcoholic, but possibly. I am almost 71 years old, and never drank alcohol until a couple years ago. My wife was diagnosed with early Alzheimer’s, and as a byproduct, Capgras syndrome. Her cognitive ability has been on a sharp decline, and she doesn’t know who I am after being married for 52 years. I am her primary caregiver, and it takes a huge toll on me. So, to escape some of the pain and depression, I started drinking at night after she goes to bed. I usually drink from about 7:00pm until I go to bed ( or pass out). I do this 4 or 5 nights per week. I drink 100 proof vodka, probably 8 to 12 ounces in a sitting. I’m always at home, and don’t go out. I would never drive. But these few hours of getting wasted allows me to not think about my awful situation. So far I don’t think my health has been impacted. I do get regular checkups. Is there such a thing as “safe drinking”, in a bad situation? I can’t think of good options. I don’t want to do drugs. I read that vodka did the least damage? If you’ve not experienced a spouse with dementia, you may not be able to understand. But is there some pain where alcohol is the best answer?
My brother was an alcoholic, he started drinking at a young age, and his alcoholism made life hard for all of us. He attempted to quit numerous times, but always started drinking again. It eventually killed him.I'm curious how people die from alcoholism.
A little background.. I had a best friend Phil, we were best friends all throughout high school, he was one of the best man in my wedding back in 1985. He moved to Austin and I've always lived in Houston but we would always get together once or twice a month to play guitars all night long. When he got a Gibson Les Paul I was able to buy him a Marshall Bluesbreaker amp... I mean we were -best- friends.
Then Phil's life totally fell apart. He always drank too much whiskey but it seriously got out of hand. He lost his job.. His wife divorced him. His young daughter didn't want anything to do with him anymore. I tried to help.. I tried to tell him he needed to quit drinking. You can guess the rest.. Phil told me to F-off and I haven't spoken to him in the last 7 or 8 years. This was very hard on me as you can guess. I've only written one song in my life but it was about losing my best friend and wanting to play guitars with him "just one more day".
I was talking to a mutual friend recently and he caught me up. Apparently Phil is now in a hospital in Dallas and he is dying of alcoholism. His brain has quit working, his body is shutting down. Apparently he sometimes calls his ex wife thinking it is 10 years ago and they are still married. It is all incredibly tragic, but at this point I hope Phil passes soon so he is no longer hurting, and he no longer can hurt anyone else.
So I guess my questions are, how is it that alcohol can kill someone? Is there a stage where the damage is so great there is no going back?
From what I understand, and I may be wrong, marijuana doesn't kill people, and if you quit smoking and given enough time, the damage is reversed. Is alcohol so much worse? Does the body actually quit from all the alcohol, or is it the brain that gives up and dies first? And if someone is actually hospitalized from alcoholism, is there no hope left?
Sorry for the downer topic.. It just hit me pretty hard recently when I heard about Phil dying in a hospital... we used to be best friends.
Take care ya'll....