Jane grew up in a home where both her parents drank and her brother also went on to develop drug and alcohol dependence. Jane craved attention and started drinking at around 13-14 years old and continued drinking for many years. Initially it was with her boyfriend (then husband) at parties but as she settled down and had a daughter her drinking was pretty much every day and to blackout. She found that she needed to drink to be able to cope with work pressures and home life monotony.
Eventually her drinking caused problems at home and work and Jane was offered help to get into rehab by her mum but found help in Alcoholics Anonymous through an old girlfriend. Early AA meetings had the same effect as alcohol had in the early days, a euphoric out-of-body experience. Jane lost the desire for alcohol fairly quickly, started being honest and to participate in family and society again. She has been sober in AA for over seven years.
If you think that alcohol may be a problem then Alcoholics Anonymous could help you. Give them a call on 1300 222 222 or see their website
If someone else's drinking is causing you a problem then you can phone the Al-Anon Family Groups helpline in Australia on 1300 252 666 or go online at al-anon.org.au.
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