June 9, 2016 | My Mother was an Alcoholic | Andrea Kemble
My mother was an alcoholic. She would have never agreed with that statement. She drank daily and I don’t remember a day that I did not see a beer sitting next to her. Because of this, my parents fought almost daily. According to the Mayo Clinic, a drinking problem is classified as having trouble controlling alcohol consumption, preoccupation with alcohol, continued use of alcohol even when it causes issues, or experiencing withdrawal symptoms when one stops or rapidly decreases alcohol consumption. So by medical definition, whether she would admit it or not, she was an alcoholic. My family tried to convince my mom to seek help but she was in denial. It was a never ending battle with her to try to help her. After a while, we just gave up the fight and decided to just not talk about it. She has since passed away and we leave the topic to rest with her.
Later in my life, I dated a guy whose father was an alcoholic. His family did exactly what mine had done. They knew that he had problem but they did not talk about it because it was easier to ignore the issue than deal with it head on. He has also since passed away from health issues related to his drinking.
Having met another family who was going through the same experiences I went through made my childhood seem just a little bit more normal. [...]
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