Here are forty sayings on drunkenness and alcoholism. Sayings with no mention of authors are by me. Tried treatments are at bottom of the page. - Tormod Kinnes
A man who exposes himself when he is intoxicated, has not the art of getting drunk. [Samuel Johnson]
Abuse of illegal drugs, tobacco and alcohol are sorry behaviours, each in their own ways. [Mod Barry McCaffrey]
Alcoholics are less likely to be viewed with sympathy and compassion. [Wayne Weiten]
Alcoholics get irrational and powerless under the sway of their addiction. Some could profit from well structured help.
Alcoholism brings on grief, and may also be caused by lots of it.
Alcoholism in an early stage does not look like a life-threatening disease. However, in its middle stage problems begin to appear and intensify, and gradually it reaches the deterioration stage.
Alcoholism is treatable. Many treatment programmes and approaches are available.
Avoid sexual activities while driving, and don't go over the speed limit. [With Duane Alan Hahn]
Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being a deeply lovely person.
Before the onset of the alcoholism, the excessive drinking of alcoholic liquor generally is symptomatic of underlying problems. But once a drinker has become an alcoholic drinker, his drinking becomes a symptom of that illness. [With Maurice Gelinas]
Being smarter gives you a tailwind throughout life. And still, bright and promising people too get addicted to alcohol and tobacco and get stranded in life.
Don't drive while high on any kind of drugs (including prescription medicine).
Drinking and smoking helped kill my grandfather at age 70. [Duane Alan Hahn]
Drunkenness spoils health, dismounts the mind, makes quarrelsome, and turns some folks into beasts. [Abr and mod. William Penn]
For an alcoholic, being pressured into treatment or forced to stop drinking, seldom succeeds in the long run.
For alcohol dependents, willingness to get help is a needed step.
Hateful parents could be decisive factors when a child turns to drinking fast.
I'm very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful. [Jim Carrey]
If work is interfering with your drinking, you're probably an alcoholic. [Anon.]
It could be true that most people don't like to think about the damages alcohol does as a quite addictive nerve poison that amounts to killing brain cells.
It is an enemy that steals brain, and, regardless of vulgar applause, makes the heavy drinker more and more like a beast. [Cf. William Shakespeare]
Killing people with your car whether you intend to or not and because you are drunk is somehow antisocial.
Liver failure due to hard drinking should lead to "no to alcohol", even though it does not aways work out that way.
Long-term use of alcohol decreases life expectancy by about 15 years.
Many a woman drives a man to drink.
Most alcoholics who seek non-TM help voluntarily, risk at least one relapse before they get long-term sober.
Once one breaks through denial of the craving and admits to having a problem, a range of treatment options become available.
One alcoholic can derange and ruin the lives of many others. Two alcoholics may go further still.
Plenty of alcoholics ruin their lives and harm the lives of their children.
Since my last drinking spree at three I've been sober, all right.
Some appear to drink out of alarmed desperation. dreary loneliness, and thinking they will never know a fulfilling life and refuse help offered. Pity those poor bastards. There is often little else to do.
Some who get drunk for 'fun' obviously don't care well enough what they do to children, spouses, lovers, relatives, or total strangers they may maim or kill as long as they're having fun. [Mod Duane Alan Hahn]
There are couples who get drunk regularly, and try hard to harm and scare and kill each other almost as regularly. Common kitchen knives may become problems in their hands. Such a disease in time renders its victims much unappealing. Moreover, their problems could be passed on to the next generation.
There are some who drive drunk for the careless fun of it, and those who quit drinking for the sake of not driving drunk.
There is no medical cure for alcoholism, that is, no "magic pill".
There is no such thing as making a normal drinker out of an alcoholic. [Alcoholics Anonymous, The Big Book]
Under a tattered cloak you may find a good drinker. [Mod Spanish proverb]
When the wine goes in, strange things come out. [Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller]
When the wine is in, the wit is out. [Proverb]
Wine is a treacherous friend who you must always be on guard for. [Christian Nevell Bovee]
You can count the dead bodies from alcohol and legal pharmaceuticals by the millions. [Abr Jack Herer]
One or more of these - Transcendental Meditation (TM); acupuncture /ear acupuncture; and structured, supervised rehab or treatment may be helpful. One example:
Researchers carried out a statistical meta-analysis of 198 independent treatment outcomes. They found that Transcendental Meditation produced a significantly larger reduction in tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use than either standard substance abuse treatments (including counseling, pharmacological treatments, relaxation training, and Twelve-step programmes) or prevention programmes (such as programmes to counteract peer-pressure and promote personal development). [◦TM works best, according to several studies]
In some cases, acupuncture may be a useful supportive therapy for addiction. Some but not all studies of acupuncture for the treatment of alcohol abuse have shown that it can reduce cravings and symptoms of withdrawal. However, acupuncture alone should not be used to treat alcohol addiction, but in combination with counseling and groups such as AA. [◦Source: Alcoholism | University of Maryland Medical Center]
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UMMC = University of Maryland Medical Center's Article ◦"Alcoholism"
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