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define sobriety, please

Unread postPosted: Fri May 30, 2008 11:21 am
by Guest
Is it complete abstinence from alcohol? Or is possible to be successful with controlled drinking? My husband completely abstained for about a yr. The last several months he has had a single drink at one or two special occasions per month. I was worried that this would send him back into his old drinking pattern, but it hasn't. Is it just a matter of time or can some folks maintain this way? As of now, he feels confident that he won't revert to his old habit. Is he fooling himself?

Re: define sobriety, please

Unread postPosted: Sat May 31, 2008 3:54 am
by Guest
The definition of sobriety is not just complete abstinence, it's also moderation. However if you're an alcoholic, you'll never be satisfied with only one drink. Or you'll be satisfied for a while, but you will relapse. It's what addiction is all about. I've never heard of an alcoholic who can go for years with only one drink once in a while. Because if you can, you're not addicted to alcohol. My husband tried several times to quit drinking or tried the controlled drinking. He relapsed each time. Not because he's weak or worse than others, or whatever. But because he's an alcoholic.