A Bundaberg mum tells how alcohol took hold of her life

A BUNDABERG mum has bravely told of how alcohol took hold of her life for many years before she had the strength and courage to fight it. Hers is a story of struggle, but also of hope.

WHEN I started drinking to relieve social tension and to fit in, I had no idea I was heading down a track that would lead to a disease that kills thousands and destroys thousands of families.

I have no idea when drink came to control me, but it was many years before I realised that it did. By then, no amount of willpower was of any use.

There are heavy drinkers who can stop or moderate if they try hard, but I wasn't one of those.

Then there are alcoholics who cannot stop no matter how great the desire or how much will power they apply.

I was one of these drinkers.

Seeking help was an enormous step and took huge courage.

The shame was crippling because I was a woman, a wife, a mother.

But today, I am free from the need to pick up that first drink.

The obsession has been removed and my mental, emotional and physical health is greatly improved because I joined and followed the program of Alcoholics Anonymous.

I learned that an alcoholic's mind and body are different to other drinkers.

The body can't process alcohol well, it builds up by-products and causes great damage to the body and brain.

The mind is obsessed with getting the next drink and is in a great deal of emotional turmoil and stress between sessions, and this obsession overtakes all rational thought and decisions.

A mental blank spot occurs and drink wins again. Alcoholics Anonymous exists to help drinkers like me to get free of the slavery of drinking uncontrollably, and get well emotionally and mentally.

Nobody but those I choose to tell know I am an alcoholic. That's the anonymous part.  

NEED HELP? Alcoholics Anonymous Bundaberg meets each Wednesday at noon, at the Uniting Church Hall, 34 Barolin St. Or, for phone crisis counselling, call Uniting CommunityCare on 13 11 14.



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