Many quotes about alcoholism and addiction can be categorized as either insightful or humorous, but some of the best are probably a combination of the two. The truth of it is, humor is often interlaced with many thought-provoking quotes about alcoholism – but crucially, in a manner which refuses to make light of the situation. Taking on the seriousness of such a condition, the funniest aspect is usually the realization that the statement in question is indeed, so very true.
“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.” ~ Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
Thoughts: Nicely defines what is, perhaps, the difference between abuse and addiction. Abuse, while destructive, may not interfere with ones life to a large degree. It makes one think of the term “high-functioning alcoholic.” The drink has not yet taken over the drinker. However, addiction and the effects of frequent alcohol use and abuse eventually change the alcoholic’s personality and priorities.
“One key symptom of alcoholism is that the individual comes to need a drink for every mood – one to calm down, one to perk up, one to celebrate, one to deal with disappointment, and so on.” ~ Phyllis A. Balch, Prescription for Herbal Healing
Thoughts: This screams out “Excuse!” and hints at the unbalanced effect that alcohol has on brain chemistry.
“Alcohol is necessary for a man so that he can have a good opinion of himself, undisturbed be the facts.” ~ Finley Peter Dunne
Thoughts: Liquid courage – alcohol’s ability to reduce inhibitions and alter senses help make people forget their lives and not take things so seriously. Unfortunately, however, those lives are still there when people sober up, and actions based on false beliefs while intoxicated can lead to some extra not-so-pleasant feelings about oneself upon sobriety.
“I drink to forget I drink.” ~ Joe E. Lewis
Thoughts: This statement conveys images of putting down one right after the other to forget that one is engaging in some level of self-poisoning and mind-numbing practice. Also references the potential amnesiac effect of alcohol. One of the shortest and sweetest quotes about alcoholism, and most ironic.
“When you stop drinking, you have to deal with this marvelous personality that started you drinking in the first place.” ~ Jimmy Breslin
Thoughts: This refers, in part, to the bounce-back that occurs in serotonin and other neurotransmitters when alcohol is avoided and brain chemistry returns to normal. It also implies a return to one’s old self.
“One martini is alright, two is too many, three is not enough.” ~ James Thurber
Thoughts: This describes how the affects of alcohol change depending on the amount consuming. One drink is probably all you need, if any. Two and you are feeling the effects of being tipsy, with a reduction in motor skills and cognitive abilities. Three, and you are unable to stop because the addiction has kicked in and your brain simply wants more.
If you suspect that you or someone you know is an alcoholic, please seek help immediately.