Once an alcoholic….

I’ve had a lot of time to read since getting sober. Every day I read at least one story about a drunk driver that caused an accident and lives were lost. If not lost, then certainly changed forever. I sit and think about the years I’ve read these headlines and have become desensitized to it. We’ve accepted this as normal. We blame the driver and that’s legitimate. But what baffles me is that alcohol is never called out to blame. We have a heroin problem that’s growing in this country at rapid pace. The headline of another overdose makes us shake our heads and wonder why anyone would want to get mixed up with such a clearly disastrous drug. You see where I’m going with this. How does alcohol get a pass? And worse yet, if you chose to irradiate it from your life you’re branded an alcoholic. Someone out of control with displaced values – forever! Forever! That’s a long friggen time! Once an alcoholic always an alcoholic? That’s quite the catch phrase. There’s nothing else we’d give up that would follow us this way. Nobody says “Once a smoker, always a smoker.” Or “Once obese, always obese.” Nobody even knows what defines an alcoholic anyway. It’s totally subjective. We change our lives for the better and it’s always encouraged, unless it’s booze. It’s so crazy! Choosing to quit drinking is quite the opposite of how it’s branded. Ugh, now I’m rippin’ mad! Haha! I’m going to find someone, slap a drink out their hand and call ’em an asshole. Level the hypocrisy playing field. Seems fair. 

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