The setup is usually the same; the poster describes their past with drugs... and then some sort of description of their drinking, which pretty much fits the descpription of some potential hard drinking.
Now here are the responses this will bring in your average recovery forum;
- Labels are nasty things and when I take all those out of the equation, I feel fine. Besides that, alcohol is poison and I choose not to take poison anymore. Be like me.
- Most of the folks who I know that abused drugs also abused alcohol. It's all the same thing. And the solution is the same so... order up a cup of Recovery Soup.
- What #2 said! Oh, I agree! Let's all get along and sing Kumbaya.
- Definately agree with #2. Hugs and kissy icons.
- Do what's good to yourself.
- Find your truth, but it's wrong for an addict to drink booze and an alcoholic to do drugs.
- Terminology is bad. If you think drinking is a problem... then it is and you should just quit.
- I'm self diagnosed with "Addictive Prone Personality". Get rid of the bad and keep the good. In other words, manage well.
- Semantics and labels suck. If you think you have a problem with booze, you must. Normal drinkers don't worry about their drinking. So by that logic, "real" alcoholics must.
- The word "real" alcoholic is mentioned on page 21 of the A.A. book and pages 20-24 describe the difference between the hard drinker and the "real" alcoholic. You ought to read that and find your truth in that. Can you control the amount you drink when you start and can you stay away from the first one when you really need/want to? If not, you might be a real alcoholic. If not, you might not be a real alcoholic... but still have a problem, but can quit by some other method than the spiritual solution.
- It's getting hot in here. Shouldn't this topic be in the 12 Step subforum anyway?
My take; find your own truth. Either you're real alky or you're not. Either you're a real drug addict, or you're not. You may be a combination of things... hard drinker but potential alcoholic... hard drug user or real addict. You could even be a real alcoholic and a real addict.
I hear that not all real alcoholics black out. IDK. I did black out, so I don't know what it's like to not black out. I suppose that if I didn't black out, I'd continue to drink and would be more of an around the clock maintenance drinker. But I didn't so I don't know.
I don't know what it's like to be a drug addict. I did enjoy my drugs though.
I like what Rob B says about "drug of choice". Cocaine was his drug of choice and alcohol was his drug of no choice. I had the same experience. Now... when I got all drugged up on cocaine, acid, shrooms, crank, etc., I got really trashed and had a hard time going home and sleeping it off... suffering the come-down and working it off. With booze, I'd binge and go until I got stopped.
So... find your own truth and go from there. Unless you're a real alcoholic, please do not go to A.A. You might find some other method to deal with your booze. It's hard enough finding "real" A.A. in an A.A. meeting anyway. Now... you may find that you're a real addict and God help you if you are... because you might even have a harder time finding drug recovery in the rooms of N.A.
The bottom line is, do you need a spiritual solution or not? If not, great. Do what you need to do to get clean and sober or clean and moderately drinking. At least booze is legal. Drugs are not in most places at this current time.
If you can quit or moderate on a non-spiritual basis, do it. If you need help with that and booze happens to be your problem, I suggest a closed A.A. meeting. But if they don't ask you to take the path of consideration, "Maybe your're an alcoholic and maybe you're not," run like hell.