Table of Contents
Recognizing an Addiction
Symptoms of Alcoholism
Some information about alcoholic addictions
Harmful Side Effects of Alcoholism
Myths and Stories about Alcohol
Alcoholics Anonymous and Natural Cures
Meditation, "Mudras" Yoga
A couple of days ago I went to meet a friend who is running a clinic to rehabilitate drug addicts and alcoholics. When I began to ask her professional advice, to tell me more about alcoholism, she laughed and told me, “you do not drink, nor do you smoke, you do not even drink tea or coffee, and you are going to be writing a book on alcoholism? These books are best left alone to people who have been through the experience to know what alcoholism really is, and what they have to go through, when they join our rehabilitation clinics.”
This book is for all those people, who know somebody who is suffering from a so-called drinking problem. That is the euphemism for alcoholism because an alcoholic is never going to admit that he suffers from a problem”. I can take it or I can leave it”he declares. Unfortunately, people who smoke also say the same thing. But they cannot leave of smoking in the way alcoholics cannot leave off drinking.
Also, I do not need to drink, or do some relaxing social drinking in order to talk about alcoholism, because all right, let me admit it, I have seen a large number of cases of alcoholics, or near alcoholics around me. Many relatives are not true alcoholics, but they do plenty of social drinking because they belong to a society where social drinking is accepted as a matter of tradition, culture, and even upbringing.
More than 25 years ago, I was engaged to be married to a very nice Army officer who was charming, cultured, good-looking, and he had everything going for him. And then when we were talking together, he just admitted that he had this little problem. He indulged in social drinking with the rest of his friends, because he had to do it every evening in the mess. And it could lead to alcoholism, but as long as we got married and I was there to steady him, he could get this habit under control.