Lisa grew up in a home where her parents were separated, and her mum drank. She took on responsibility for her mum at a young age, deciding never to become an alcoholic herself. Lisa drank socially in her twenties and realized that although she drank like her friends, she did setup opportunities where she could drink alcohol. It all changed seemingly overnight when she had children and Lisa became dependent on her daily drink, often went to work with a hangover and started to think about cutting down her alcohol intake.
Lisa realized that she could no longer control when and how much she drank and had suicidal thoughts as she tried in vain to stop drinking. Eventually she sought help in Alcoholics Anonymous when all around her did not believe she was an alcoholic. Lisa lost the desire for alcohol quickly, started being honest and to participate in family and society again. She has been sober in AA for over four 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 aa.org.au
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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