It can seem comical to the outside observer that the alcoholic is so blind to their addiction. But this alcoholic myopia is essential to maintain the illusion of non-dependence, and therefore, normality.
The families of alcoholics know this. The alcoholic can deal with any problem as long they can have a drink. If the drink is costing too much and the family can’t afford it, the alcoholic thinks, “I have to get cheaper drink” – not what the non-alcoholic would think, which is the logical answer, “I have to give up alcohol”. Continue reading