Greg: What is going on everyone, it is Matt and Greg here from Project Unbroken. Make sure you subscribe, we’re trying to get the word out about Project Unbroken. So today we’re going to be talking about the question I am an alcoholic? So a lot of people go to YouTube, or Google, or whatever the case is, and they search for, you know, they’re trying to find out, “Am I an alcoholic?”
Matt, what advice do you have for those people, or how can they find out if they’re an alcoholic?
Matt: If you’re not sure if you’re an alcoholic or not, or if you’re not sure if you have a problem with alcohol, or any other substance for that matter, you probably do. The fact that you’re even questioning if you have a healthy relationship with alcohol is not a good sign. And really who cares, I mean if alcohol, or again, any substance, is causing you problems in your life, or making it difficult to manage your life on a day to day basis, you have an issue.
Greg: Yeah. So if you go and look up like on a health website, whatever the case is, “What are the signs of an alcoholic?” What they’re going to tell you is if they drink by themselves, if they have one drink and they can’t stop, if they start getting anxious when they’re not drinking. Those are common signs of an alcoholic. But really, like Matt said, who gives a shit? If alcohol is negatively affecting your life, or anything else for that matter, but specifically for this video alcohol, if it’s causing problems in your life and you can’t stop, that’s a problem.
Who cares if you’re technically considered an alcoholic or not, if you’re abusing alcohol and you can’t stop, and it’s doing negative things for your life, then that’s a problem. If something causes negative problems in your life, and you’re unable to stop, that’s an issue, whether you’re an alcoholic or not. And that’s my view on it, so if you drink and you go out and you get in fights, or you drink and you constantly drive after and you get DUI, and you still do the same thing. You drink and you go out, and maybe you’re fighting with your friends here and there. That’s all a problem, you can’t have something like that in your life, and I think you need to reevaluate what you’re doing with alcohol in this case.
Matt: Yeah, a lot of times people drink and find themselves in terrible relationships, or drink and find themselves making poor decisions. It doesn’t even have to be something as serious as a DUI, or anything like that, but it’s just little negative steps in your life, it’s not bringing you where you want to be.
And because alcohol is so socially acceptable, and even pushed in a lot of situations, I think people get confused, because if you think football, or going out to watch sports at a sports bar, everybody’s drinking beers and having a good time, and it seems harmless. And for a lot of people it might not be an issue at all, but for some people it can really be damaging to their life. And that’s where you just have to make the decision for yourself that it’s not the best behavior for the you to partake in, and just cut it out of your life. I know it’s easier said than done, but..
Greg: That’s a really great point, if it’s so socially accepted, like Matt said, you’re watching a football game, have a beer, baseball game, have a beer, happy hour, have a drink. Special at lunch today, have a drink. Everything is based around drinking in our society, and it’s so normal. But don’t let that trick you into thinking that because it’s so normal that you going out and … or bringing your life back I should say, or, you know, how do I phrase that?
Matt: Just go down that negative path.
Greg: Yeah, a backwards direction in your life, not a positive direction. If alcohol’s doing that for you, you’ve got to reevaluate it, okay? Just because it’s so socially accepted doesn’t make it okay.
Matt: And here’s the other thing, nobody cares if you’re drinking or not, honestly.
Greg: So why do you bring that up Matt?
Matt: Because I think a lot of times people feel obligated to get a drink. I mean I know that, even if I’m going out to lunch, or whatever, still now, if I sit down at a bar I feel this pull to order a beer. It’s almost like you’re obligated to drink, and you’re not, you don’t have to. I mean, if you have friends that are busting your chops for not drinking, probably not the best friends to be hanging out round.
But if you go and order whatever, tonic water, or club soda, nobody gives shit.
Greg: Nobody’s probably going to know either.
Matt: Nobody’s going to know, nobody’s going to give a shit. You’ll probably make better decisions and feel better the next day, it’ll just be a better direction for you to take. If you think that alcohol is causing you any issues, just step around it, it’s not a huge deal.
Greg: Yeah, so hopefully that answers your question “Am I an alcoholic?” How gives a shit? If it’s setting your life back, then it’s a problem, and you need to address it, and hopefully you do. And don’t let the social acceptance fool you because alcohol can be a very, very dangerous drug.
Well I think that covers it for our thoughts on alcohol and if you’re an alcoholic, or if you think you’re an alcoholic. But if you guys have any other questions like this, or if you have any topics that you would like to hear our opinion on, leave us a comment, hit us up on the contact section at our website, projectunbroken.com. Don’t forget to hit that subscribe button, and we will be talking to you guys soon.