Is Alcoholism a Disease?
Is alcoholism a disease that you have no control over? Many alcoholics who think so are actually giving themselves an excuse for their drinking problem. They want to make it SOUND like a confusing medical issue that the common person will not understand. It is an easy way to deal with their alcoholism, while simultaneously not taking responsibility.
Another poor excuse that many people use to justify their problem with alcohol is that their parents struggled with the same issues. This, they hope, somehow makes their situation more understandable. The disease of alcoholism “runs in the family”, so there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
Unfortunately, to call alcoholism a disease, or to imply that drinking is out of one’s control, is simply a ready-made excuse to KEEP drinking. Simply put, it is “learned helplessness”. You are telling yourself that you are powerless over what you put into your body.