Why Doesn’t Everyone Get Addicted To Alcohol?
Why Not All People Get Addicted To Alcohol:
So if alcohol is so powerfully addictive, and it is! This attractively packaged poison that we love so much is the second most addictive substance on planet earth.
Just behind heroin!
Why doesn’t everybody who ever drinks get addicted?
A great question for sure. As with all things to do with this social drug, what we see before us is not reality.
We look around and we see that everyone appears to drink. Our friends, family, and colleagues are using booze to cope with life, relax and even celebrate.
The Whole World Is A Drinker
The incorrect assumption we make is that everyone feels the same way we do about alcohol.
When we take a drink our brains light up like a Christmas tree. We fool ourselves into believing that we really do enjoy the taste of this poison.
In point of fact, a lot of people drink only because they want to fit in with the crowd. A great many people find the taste of alcoholic drinks to be somewhere between bearable and downright unpleasant. But they drink to fit in and ease their social awkwardness.
Not everyone is loving every drop!
Alcohol is a learned addiction. By that I mean we have to dedicate a lot of time and effort to get addicted. We also have to ignore a lot of very clear warning signs that we are doing something dangerous and stupid.
The human body is an amazing piece of kit that has evolved over millions of years.
We have developed a pretty sophisticated ability to detect the ingestion of poison.
- Alcohol makes us feel ill
- It tastes bad
- It can be used as a disinfectant
The warning signs are everywhere. Plus you have to consider how we make alcohol… leave some vegetables in a bucket and let them go bad. When they have rotted enough to start leaking a fluid – drink it!
Wow, sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
How much you use it and how much you integrate it into your life will have a bearing on whether you get addicted or not.
For example, many prescription painkillers are habit forming. However, not everyone who takes them becomes addicted.
A few years ago I had a judo injury that meant I need an operation on my left hip. I was prescribed a strong opioid painkiller called Tramadol. Coincidentally one of my friends was also suffering from a hip problem at the same time and was also given the same drug to help with the pain.
After four or five months of taking Tramadol, I stopped taking them. There were no side effects and no withdrawal.
However, my friend suffered terribly and had to be very slowly weaned off the drug.
Each situation is unique
There is very little point in comparing your drinking behavior with that of other people. It makes no odds if you drink more or less than someone else.
There is no safety in numbers when it comes to alcohol.
It’s a bit like Russian Roulette. It doesn’t matter if you play alone or in a room full of people all playing – the odds remain the same.
My advice to all drinkers is to stop considering what this drug is doing to other people and get passionate about taking action on something that is destroying your health, stealing your wealth, crushing your relationships and making you miserable.
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