If an alcoholic never takes that first drink, do they ever really become an alcoholic?
This thought has been hanging around in my mind the last two days. Someone mentioned to me that they met an individual who has never drank before. It caused me to take a look back at my own life experience.
Let me preface this brief discussion with the data point that I believe I am an alcoholic by nature (not nurture). I had an amazing childhood, and I have a very healthy family. I am a tally mark for the plain old genetic root cause. I know this is not the case for everyone.
I believe I exhibited alcoholic behaviors before ever taking that first drink. The drinking just too me to another place with it all. I truly believe before I had a drinking problem I had a thinking problem. Do you?