The Anonymous Widower

Thoughts On Alcoholism

In the last month or so, I’ve done something that I’ve never done before in my life.

I’ve drunk perhaps half a bottle of beer when I’ve got up. Admittedly, I’d left the bottle half finished by my computer.

It was good.

In the 1960s, I could drink a lot of beer. I just seemed to need it.

About that time, I decided I needed to drink large amounts of fluids and swapped to tea and Coke.

My doctor understands my needs for fluids and the practice nurse has the same problem. The nurse puts it down to leaky skin, which he has.

I actually love walking in the rain, so that might help explain it. We all live by the laws of physics.

My father warned me off alcohol in a practical way, by giving me halves of Adnams down at Felixstowe Conservative Club, whilst we played snooker, when I was about fourteen.

My father drank a lot of fluids, but I never saw him drunk and most doctors would say he was a sensible drinker. Like me, he also drank a lot of tea!

He had a reason to control his drinking! His father had died from complications of being an alcoholic at 40, when my father was about twenty.

My grandfather had lived just around the corner from where I live now and my father had once told me, he had drunk large amounts of beer and had moved on to whisky.

Around 1900, there was very little to drink except beer, so did my grandfather’s need for fluids mean that he turned to what was available?

Now I like a good beer and know of its properties to slake a thirst when you’re dry. I’ve worked in foundries in the 1960s and beer was always available.

So is there a type of person, who needs a lot of fluids and if beer is available they turn to it. In some cases does this lead to alcoholism.

As to myself, I must have gluten-free beer and because I’m on Warfarin, I must keep my alcohol consumption down.

So I now drink a gluten-free beer, that is just 0.25 of a unit and tastes like real beer from Marks and Spencer.

But then it is real beer, as it is brewed in Southwold by Adnams.

My life has come full circle.



March 18, 2018 - Posted by | Food, World | , , , , , , ,


  1. Someone who has the disease of alcoholism will be able to look back years later and know that they were alcoholic at the time of their very first alcoholic drink. Someone who is a very heavy drinker is not necessarily an alcoholic, heavy drinking might be a habit, a pleasure, a convenience because beer is easily available as it seems in your grandfather’s case. Giving teenagers alcohol in their early teens in a safe situation is a really good way to stop them becoming heavy drinkers, or spending their teens in a drunken stupor. The parents who forbid alcohol are the ones who risk their children drinking vodka in quantity behind their parents back, because urban myth is that vodka doesn’t smell.

    I no longer drink alcohol, I don’t even eat foods which it has been cooked with – fruit cake, steak and ale pie etc. For an alcoholic one drink is too much, and a bar full of drink isn’t enough. At the first taste of alcohol they crave more and generally don’t stop until they collapse on the floor, at the later stages of the disease. I drank spirits which aren’t thirst quenching. Now I am on medication which has the side effect of a very dry mouth, and I drink lots of tea, and lots of bottles of sparking water – tap water doesn’t quench the thirst. When I go out I always have water, and often I have my “red cup” – an insulated metal cup which I put tea in.

    Comment by nosnikrapzil | March 18, 2018 | Reply

  2. Hey man I enjoyed reading this, check out my articles on AA and Alcoholism if you get a minute!

    Comment by Nicholas Wilt | April 8, 2018 | Reply

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