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Hey guys. My name is David, I'm 24, and I think im an alcoholic. That is why I am here. I've been curious to talk to recovering alcoholics about their experiences before they sought help. To keep things really short, I consider myself a functioning alcoholic. I drink pretty much every night but it never affects my everyday life. I don't miss work, I don't miss paying rent, I don't wake up and feel the need to drink but will usually do it because I like it. Rarely do I drink during the day, it's usually something I do strictly at night. Basically, I feel like it's not really a problem but then I think "alcoholics never believe they have a problem." Because of this I would love to strike up a conversation with an alcoholic and talk about your experiences. Find out what was going through your head when you were drinking. I don't know if this forum has private messaging, but if anyone has some free time that they could speak with me that would be great. I'll keep my eyes on this board otherwise if you could send me an email that would be great; Bonesfan@yahoo.com. Thanks.
Aloha David and glad to have you here. You have already received some goodfeedback and suggestions. For me I have never met a "functioning alcoholic"and though I accept that this is what you believe yourself to be now that youare here pretty well dilutes the definition. If you are looking for feedback andfor help thru others Experience, Strength and Hope its probably because someof the ole functioning is affected. Drinking when you don't need to and liking itinspite of your concerns isn't about functioning but the dysfunctioning one. I know a little bit about the alcoholic double talk...the "I know but" stuff. That was me. I use to do the "You have a problem with it but I don't" routine and then I got the invitation to investigate and was brought to the awareness thatI am an alcoholic (not a bad person) and will always be an alcoholic which meansI am alergic to alcohol to the point that it has nearly taken my life on severaloccasions. I didn't even get into AA because I was an alcoholic. I back dooredthis program coming in because of someone elses alcoholism and then gettingwoke up. I made the statement "My name is Jerry F and I am alcoholic" yearsafter I stopped drinking. Continue to come here and read and its okay to go to open AA meetings to investigate your own conclusion that you are alcoholic. I suggest that you don't drink during the investigation period for many reasons, only one of thembeing that you might not hear some ESH that could save your life.In support
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