People hate hangovers. I know. Not very insightful, but it’s the truth. People hate them. There are countless supposed cures to hangovers; anything from gatorade to plenty of water to even drinking alcohol in the morning, and even after the misery of vomiting and waking up with a splitting headache, some people still feel the need to go out and drink that very next night! Some may called this insanity. There is another word for it though. It’s called powerlessness. Everyone on this planet seeks power in some form. It may be power over money and finances, power over women, power over self, political power, or any other form of power. It comes with being human. For some people, they find power in drinking. It provides them with confidence, self-assuredness, and social skills, and also power over how they feel, temporarily at least. But that hangover is still there, and with it can come an impending sense of doom, as if time is running out before a major cataclysmic event takes place. For some people, that event may come sooner rather than later. So how do you get rid of such a hangover?
The answer is simple. Stop drinking. Now, this may seem ludicrous; impossible even, but there is hope. Millions of people tell the story of how their life was overrun with fear and insecurity; of how the drink was their only solution to what seemed like endless problems, and of how it was impossible for them to stop drinking. They tell the story of how they reached a realization that they were powerless over alcohol, and that their lives had become unmanageable. They recount how little hope they felt when drowning their sorrows in the depths of liquor, and of how their life was absolutely run by the desire to drink more and more. In addition to this, they tell the story of how they found hope within the pages of the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous outlines how to identify if you are an alcoholic, and how to stop drinking forever. It speaks of having a complete psychic change due to having a spiritual experience as the direct result of working the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and it categorically lays out how to go about working the steps. If you feel that you have a hangover that needs to be cured, maybe you should consider opening the Big Book.
All in all, the only person who can diagnose you with alcoholism is you. It takes a hard, honest look at the way you live your life to come to that conclusion. If you feel that you cannot control your drinking, or if you feel it will never be enough, or if you obsess about how to drink like a normal person, it may be time to take a look at yourself, and arrive at whatever conclusion seems most accurate. If you decide that you are an alcoholic, or if you feel that it is likely, go ahead and pick up a copy of the Big Book. You may find that you learn more about yourself in those pages than you have in your entire life.