Nonsense: Alcoholism is NO Disease
by David Jeter
(Mount Vernon IL, USA)
Alcoholism is a "disease" based on technicalities. I am classified as an alcoholic, but when I used to attend AA meetings, how many people I heard who used the "I'm just a sick, crazy, mentally ill alcoholic" as an excuse to weasel there way out of paying child support, or to rationalize spending money outside of their means or to not pay their bills?
The "disease" of alcoholism is actually adults who still act like 12 year old kids. They never grew the hell up and therefore they refuse to deal with their lives as a sober person.
I believe that every human being is an "alcoholic". How could that be? If I drank three beers, I experience a craving and then don't stop. If I eat Reeses peanut butter cups, I experience a craving and stop once my stomach hurts. If I eat donuts, I experience a physical craving and stop once my stomach hurts.
Reese's and donuts don't lower my inhibitions so I may feel sick but I don't "overdose" on sugar(inhibitions are still in place). I believe that if my grandmother who would NEVER be able to relate to me drinking myself into a blackout, or obsessing over the first drink (when I haven't been doing what keeps those thoughts away -practicing Nichiren Buddhism), where it takes me three, it might take her twelve.
In other words, I believe that EVERY human being could lose control over their drinking, but due to physiological difference in peoples bodies, it would take massive amounts of alcohol for "normal" people to experience a craving.
Why else would the number of "alcoholics" keep going up year after year? Once they started experiencing the craving, they would also start obsessing over alcohol I believe. Alcohol is a dangerous drug and a poison that should have never been legalized.
On another note, the recovery industry would NEVER want alcoholism and drug addiction to be declassified as a disease because they make billions of dollars per year on the disease concept of addiction.
Also ... If alcoholism and drug addiction were actually diseases, then there would be no controversy on whether or not it is a disease. All can see that cancer is a disease, and all can see that HIV/AIDS is a disease. No one argues or disagrees about that, but many people disagree about whether or not alcoholism is a disease.
Therefore, it can't be rationally called a disease. The ones who predominately support the idea are people who have been brain washed by AA/NA simply because it "worked" for them.