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Why can't I stop getting drunk?

6 Answers
Last Updated: 03/16/2021 at 4:23pm
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June 30th, 2015 2:48am
Alcoholism is an addiction. There is a compulsion that often causes you to feel the need to have a drink. These are some times stronger than others. The only way to break this cycle is to not drink at all. Suport through family and friend and Alcoholics Anonoumys will be required to assist in stopping and staying stopped.
June 15th, 2015 2:05pm
there is a good chance you were genetically disposed with a disproportionate dopamine release in your brain connected to the consumption of alcohol which over time has caused an increase in alcohol as a priority in your limbic system.
February 16th, 2016 10:11am
Personally, The people who I know that drink are those who are having problems identifying and dealing with certain issues in their life. Becoming aware of these issues allows them to realise their drinking is more self medicating than anything!
August 8th, 2017 12:58pm
Drinking and using other substances is a coping mechanism that is often used when a persons pain in great enough that few other things can ground them or put them in control. If we want to change our actions we need to look at why those actions make us feel better. Substance issues are something that need to be worked on at the same time as the underlying issue.
July 22nd, 2019 12:53pm
I think the question should rather be, do you want to stop getting drunk? Drowning your sorrows in alcohol does not take them away. What is making you feel like you need to numb the emotions with alcohol? It only takes away the pain for a little while, but then nothing are back in the same situation. Dealing with the problem is better than drowning the problem. You have to face your enemy in order to defeat your enemy. You will never be able to face your enemy if you are being overwhelmed by your emotions and then drowning them in order to try not feel them.....Feelings of regret are also not going to help.....You can do this!
March 16th, 2021 4:23pm
Honestly it’s probably an addiction. Of course there’s always rehab, but you have to WANT to get better to go there. But it’s honestly your best bet. Now I don’t have experience but I want you to be safe. And being an alcoholic can cause some serious damage to your body and your life. So I’d say as soon as you can find a rehab place close to you, lock or throw away all your drinks and try your hardest to sober up. It can only help you. You may relapse and that’s okay. As long as in the end you get better.