Quote from blueridgehomern
let me duck for cover before i add my that alcoholism is a choice.
i chose to drink because i liked the numbness, i quit and learned to deal with my life. no one ever made me drink, and no one else could have "made" me stop.
i know all about genetic links, metabolism difference, etc....and think they exist. you can also have a genetic tendency to diabetes and rotten eating habits, but make a choice to eat right, exercise, and never have type ii diabetes. diabetes, however, remains a disease, albeit an avoidable one for type ii. drinking, shooting, smoking or snorting whatever is a choice.
ok..beat me up, but i know what i have seen and experienced.redbeathe
i don't think you should be beat up for that view.
you bring up some interesting points. i would like to add there is much anger toward alcoholism, especially by people who have been touched by it, either personally or by a loved one. i think that drives many people away from the disease model, as it would act as an excuse of behavior.
my experience is there are some alcoholics who make a choice to stop numerous times in their life, and simply can't. they die at an early age from complications (from the pathophysiology of the disease, just like those with diabetes mellitus). many, with both afflictions, make lifestyle changes and return to sustainable health; some do not.
the alcoholics that do not, or can't change their behavior eventually are diagnosed with end stage alcoholism; which sounds like a disease to me. it's fatal.