Most of the puzzles we face in life are like jigsaw puzzles with missing pieces. We try to put the pieces together as best we can, then guess the missing pieces to try to figure out the whole picture.
With alcohol consumption and alcoholism, we almost have the opposite problem. We have too many pieces. It’s like a puzzle of one hundred pieces, but when you open the box, you find that there are ten thousand pieces. There is so much information available about alcohol, alcoholism and drug addiction, but what are the key factors we need to understand to understand why so many people drink and why some have such a hard time quitting?
In fact, it gets even more complicated because some of these pieces we need are not even in the box, but in other boxes for other puzzles.
Alcohol consumption and alcoholism consist of the chemical, physical, physiological and psychological effects of alcohol on humans and the cumulative impact of these effects. I myself have spent 25 years of my life drinking, but I have always been curious and have always looked for practical answers to understand everything that interests me. Throughout my life as a drinker (and even since quitting drinking), I have researched and sought to understand specific aspects of alcohol’s effects on me. So when I was in my twenties and found out that on the nights I drank I would wake up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep, I researched the impact of alcohol on sleep. Over the years, I have continued to reflect and analyze my drinking. I had no intention of writing on the subject, I just got interested and tried to understand it because alcohol had more and more hold on me. I did this from my own research and analyzing my personal experiences.
As things got more and more desperate, I turned to Alcoholics Anonymous, thinking it would help me understand better. Unfortunately, it is not the case. Alcoholics Anonymous is primarily a spiritual program. It is based on the premise that God will provide the solution. It’s fine if you’re looking for a spiritual answer, but I wasn’t. I wanted a logical and scientific answer. If God, in whatever form he (or she) may exist, allows innocent children to die a painful and degrading death, why the hell should he save me, me, a middle-aged town lawyer , of his own greed for alcohol? I am not discussing the existence of God; I’m just struggling to understand why he or she would get involved so directly in this area and not in others. If God exists, then it seems that instead of solving our problems for us, he or she instead provides us with the intelligence, understanding, wisdom, and compassion to solve our own problems.
What I have never been able to accept from the start is the irrational and collective madness of alcoholism, the idea that it is impossible to bring any form of rationalization to it, at any level. either, or to understand the reasons why the alcoholic takes each drink. Some people think they become obsessed with things and it is by chance that alcohol is the object of their obsession. But if so, why don’t a similar number of people drink too much water or too much fruit juice? An estimated 17.6 million people are living with alcohol dependence in the United States alone. You might think it’s because drinking too much water isn’t bad for you. In fact, hyponatremia is a condition caused by consuming too much water and it can be fatal. Why is it alcohol in particular that so many people become obsessed with it?
One thing that became evident to me as I listened to drinkers, both those with a problem and “normal” drinkers, was that I was not the only one who wanted to understand the phenomenon and, more importantly, that knowledge and understanding I had could help others. This is why “Alcohol Explained” exists. It aims to provide an understanding of alcohol use, alcoholism and addiction in general, and to provide a practical solution for those who want to get rid of it. These are my conclusions, based on my research and observations of my own consumption.
For those who read this book out of curiosity, there is no reason to continue reading this chapter; you can skip ahead to chapter 2. However, for those who intend to stop drinking, who feel they may have a problem related to this, or who are considering the possibility of stopping or reducing their consumption, Here are some tips to help you get the most from this book.
First of all, if you are still drinking, there is no need to stop before reading this book. There are a few caveats about this. The key to this book is the information it provides. It will only be useful to you if you can understand and digest this information. Whenever you pick up this book, know that if you have been drinking before you start reading, your ability to process and retain information will be reduced. The more you drink, the more this ability will be impaired. It is therefore best that you read it every day before drinking. However, if you are a chronic alcoholic, it is unlikely that you will be able to read, understand and assimilate the information in this book while suffering from severe alcohol withdrawal. If you are in this situation, the best way to overcome the problem is to focus on just one chapter per day. Read this chapter as often as you can during the day. The chapters are quite short and you will be able, over the course of a day, to absorb (by repetition if nothing else) enough to understand the information contained in these pages.
Second, if you drink while reading this book, the most effective way to stop yourself is to make sure that when you drink, you are doing so in a quiet, private environment if possible. Take a look at everything I say and relate it to your own drinking. You should check everything I say about your own drinking. Do like me and start analyzing and thinking about your alcohol consumption as you ingest it, focusing on the taste and effect of each drink, the cumulative effect of several drinks, as well as the physical effect when it begins to wear off. In the end, this book is just a collection of words, a bunch of ideas. These ideas will only be useful to you if you can prove to yourself that they are true.
Finally, you should note that drinking while reading this book only applies if you are still a drinker. If you have quit, even if it hasn’t been long, there is no need to start drinking again before reading this book because you can still test what I am saying by referring to your memory and using common sense. and logic.