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I Am the Child of An Alcoholic

For people whose parents drink or drank in the past. 3,348 People

    My parents both decided to quit drinking at the

    start of the year. Not even three days have gone by and what do I find? A quarter empty bottle of vodka. I am told time and time again you people would quit but once again you have lied to me. Why should I even bother when time and time again you do this.
    deleted deleted 26-30 Jan 17

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    The past is in the past now,

    but I can't help but still feel incredible anger as to why my dad(or any other responsible people in my family) left me alone with my mentally ill, neglectful, extremely physically ill, alcoholic mother up until I was 15. Why would you leave a child in a situation you know they...
    Exoduss Exoduss 18-21, F 3 Responses Jul 24, 2014

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    JustBipolarMe JustBipolarMe 46-50, M Jan 11

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    My father is an alcoholic

    who will steal money and alcohol from anyone. He is visiting and I do not feel comfortable around him. I wish he would get the help he needs so he can live a better life before it is too late. I understand people that abuse drugs or alcohol will not get help until they are ready...
    MisunderstoodGal30 MisunderstoodGal30 22-25, F 2 Responses Oct 27, 2015

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    My mom was always a heavy drinker

    for as long as I can remember. In my earliest memories she was always drinking, with my fathers enabling things just got worse and worse, dui's, passing out, etc. When I was 11 my mom passed away leaving my sister and I to be raised by my father. We never really knew how to...
    trissy25 trissy25 26-30, F 2 Responses Sep 28, 2015

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    The Effects of Parental Alcoholism On Children

     Until  recently, the impact of alcoholism was measured by its effect on the alcoholic, by days lost from work and highway fatalities. New research has tended to concentrate on the impact of alcoholism on the family, especially the children of alcoholics. Studies have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 7 Responses Jun 15, 2009

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    My mom always drank. We never had food in the

    house. She would be up all night. She used to punish me by locking me in my bedroom, aways called me mean names. I'd find the alcohol bottels all over the house. She go to jail, when she got out it was like nothing ever happened. I told her that when I was in middle school that...
    kemokitty kemokitty 31-35 2 Responses Jul 17, 2014

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    My Mom Drank Herself to Death

    I am 29 and my mom died on Thanksgiving 2005 of cirrhosis of the liver. Slowly, her liver, kidneys, and lungs failed. She was 44. There is so much I am going through as a person because of her alcoholism and it makes me so angry that I have so many problems because of it. I don't...
    aka746 aka746 26-30, F 82 Responses Feb 21, 2007

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    Learning Tolerance

    A few alcoholics, actually. Yes, a few. My biological mother is an alcoholic, although you tell her that and her response is, "I only have one or two glasses of wine a day!" But ask her if she could live without those two glasses and she would scoff. I even challenged her to do...
    silentwriter180 silentwriter180 46-50, F 2 Responses Oct 31, 2013

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    So Where Do I Begin...

    First of all, I've never shared anything on any online forum, let alone anything like this, so I hope I'm doing this right. So where do I begin... I guess I'll start by just coming out and saying it, my father was an alcoholic. For the longest time, my dad was someone who just...
    LookingForALifeline LookingForALifeline 22-25, M 5 Responses Nov 27, 2012

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    My parents ruined my life.

    My mother with her enabling and my father with his drinking....
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F Sep 21, 2015

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    I'm so young. I have three sisters.

    I'm the third. I've always have been secretive of my feelings. My mom would emotionally and physically abuse me when nobody was around. She would be drinking every day. Gallon a night. She doesn't remember hitting me. She has had several boyfriends since the divorce five years...
    winkesternommon winkesternommon 13-15, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2015

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    They thought my mother was dead.

    I havent spoken to her in 4 months and the other day I am at work and my dad calls me to tell me my mother was found face down in a ditch with a few boxes of wine walking home to her apartment from the grocery store on a busy highway. Someone reported saying there was a body in...
    kstake12 kstake12 22-25, F 1 Response Oct 13, 2015

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    Whilst you're sitting there drinking I'm

    sitting here stuck thinking. I can't get you out my darn head, I have no motivation to get out of this bed. Why do this to me? To us? I need you in my life dad, the thought of waking up not having you breaks me in two. My head goes crazy, the thought of you all alone breaks me...
    aimsdisneyox aimsdisneyox 18-21, F 3 Responses Jan 5

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    I feel like a broken record,

    and that all my posts are the same. Same theme, same content, all the same.My dad is drinking again no shocker there. Im making arrangements to leave, leave him, leave my mom, leave this whole mess behind me and start fresh. Its going to take some time but I really want to get...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F Oct 1, 2015

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    Well this is not an easy subject

    for me to speak off but I felt the need to write a few words... My father was an alcoholic, I had to live with that every day of my life, it was not a good childhood... the sleepless nights, the worrying, the fear, the pain, the sadness... the anger and hate... oh the hate...
    silvershadow2099 silvershadow2099 26-30, M 4 Responses Jan 22, 2014

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    A Long Line of Alcoholics

    My family history, more than anything, convinces me that genetics has a strong influence on what we do in life. It doesn't preordain our path, but it may make it much harder to choose a different path. My father's father and grandparents were alcoholics. My father started...
    WittyOne WittyOne 46-50, F 31 Responses May 24, 2007

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    My dad is back drinking

    and doing drugs again More than he ever has before I don't know how to feel
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Sep 26, 2015

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    Part I: Being raised into a family of

    dysfunction and high tension, verbal and physical abuse, self-destructive and addictive behavior, you begin to familiarize yourself with chaos. The feelings and experiences involved with being a child, partner, or whomever to an alcoholic loved one is almost indescribable until...
    sierrlcoll sierrlcoll 18-21, F 18 hrs ago

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    Both My Parents Were Alcoholics

    The title kind of says it, really. Both my late parents were alcoholics, though not at the same time. My father was a very shy man, who felt awkward around people, and clearly drink made him feel more confident, though he would still not really talk to people, but just get...
    mizzen123 mizzen123 46-50, M 21 Responses Apr 26, 2009

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    Today in therapy, my therapist called attention

    to the way I'm still mad at my mother (non-alcoholic parent) for so many things that happened in my childhood, whereas the things my dad (alcoholic parent) did kind of get a free pass. I know she's right on some level. The best thing I could think of at the time was that most...
    greensapphire greensapphire 31-35, F 1 Response Aug 28, 2015

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    My mother is a great person

    when she's sober. She'd do anything for nothing, just to see someone smile. When I was young, probably three years old, when my father was still with us, she used to take pictures of us together all the time. She even made a scrapbook out of them with cute little stickers...
    poliad poliad 16-17, M 4 Responses Jul 2, 2014

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    5 O'clock At My House

    Everyday at five o'clock, my dad would come home from work and be greeted by mother with a kiss and a glass of whiskey and soda.  She would make one for herself.  It was the cocktail hour for both of them.   They drank all through dinner and well into the...
    vampireheart vampireheart 31-35, T 37 Responses Aug 13, 2008

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    what's up guys, so here's a quick story of me

    meeting my biological father for the first time. First time meeting him I thought to myself "damn he is tall" 6 feet and all that, why couldn't I gotten that from him. After that I stayed at his house for about a week, he came home really drunk one night. He said "Son i lobe you...
    justanothermouse justanothermouse 26-30, M 1 Response Oct 8, 2015

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    Death of My Father May,

    2001 It’s a very quiet morning. My husband left to go visit his mother and father who live right down the road from us. I feel as if I have been cheated sometimes because in order to see my family I have to travel across half the country. I chose that though, so there is no...
    secretme1970 secretme1970 46-50, F 3 Responses Jan 3, 2015

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    I can't believe my mom!

    She is an alcoholic and has lost her 2 jobs from being in and out of the hospital. She doesn't even have a place to live! I have told her numerous times that she can live with me and I can take care of her but she always declines. I sent her a text the other day telling her she...
    palmtree87 palmtree87 26-30, F 3 Responses Nov 20, 2015

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    Who Needs College When You Had An Alcoholic Parent, Right?

    I learned so much from having an alcoholic father. Like... -A "40" costs about $2.50 and it's almost always drank with the brown paper bag still around it - the entire time. -Don't leave change or money hanging around anywhere unless your starting a "Brew for Dad Foundation...
    Elaine19 Elaine19 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 22, 2012

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    Dearest Father.

    I know I've said this once before (Remember that time you slammed me against the wall with your hands around my throat and then when you finally let me fall to the floor- sobbing and begging you to leave me alone- you laid the boot in?) but I ******* HATE YOU!I have tried so god...
    BeteNoire BeteNoire 26-30, F 9 Responses Aug 3, 2011

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    Because Of My Dad, I'll Never Touch Beer.

    I literally don't want anything to do with alcohol after dealing with an alcoholic father my entire life. He has a lot of problems, but his most irritating one has got to be his alcoholism. One recurring theme is him sitting around drinking beer and complaining about how badly...
    tjlkitty tjlkitty 22-25, M 4 Responses May 18, 2012

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    My dad's an alcoholic

    and my mom is in California at the moment so it's just me and him. My mom hates when he drinks so now that she's gone for the weekend he took his chance. I always write letters to him begging him to stop and it works sometimes but he always goes back. He's drunk right now and...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 13, 2015

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    Ol' Buddy Little girl watching tv Sliding

    door slams open She jumps in fear Her dad stumbles in Profanities under his breath with twelve pack in hand Sliding door slams shut She jumps again and looks away One hand with booze, the other grasping the wall He shuts his door and let's his can of Ol' Buddy breathe...
    XxLoveInTheDarkxX XxLoveInTheDarkxX 18-21 3 Responses Aug 15, 2015

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    From my perspective, about 95% of everyone on

    my mom's side of the family is an alcoholic, and about 25% on my dad's side. My parents included.
    DaveCthulhu DaveCthulhu 51-55, M Dec 1, 2015

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    Untitled

    My dad is an alcoholic. My mother won't leave so I did.
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Sep 24, 2013

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    Started drinking when I was 9,

    over poker! That was a family event, Now, 20 years later I am kick *** at poker, and will drink you under the table! Thanks mom, for the survival skills. Too bad your life sucked so bad, you couldn't see or love me. Turned it into hate! No worries now though, I got this! 😘
    whispernred whispernred 41-45, F 1 Response Jan 15

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    My mom had a problem with alcoholism

    for most of my life but she's been doing a lot better over the past year. Last night (Christmas Eve) however, she got so drunk she could barely keep her head up. I know she's an adult and she rarely ever drinks anymore but I can't stand to see her like that anymore. She put my...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Dec 25, 2015

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    It took me years to realize

    that this was something that affected my emotional health. Now at 19 years old, visiting home and listening to my mother complain about the same events as she did yesterday after downing her 6th glass of wine I've realized that this is the last summer that I'll be able to come...
    ThrivingOdds ThrivingOdds 18-21, F Aug 26, 2015

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    Alcoholism takes a child's childhood away.

    They don't get to experience life and all it has to offer. The child is more concerned about how their parent is going to behave. A child doesn't hear praises or feel unconditional love or support. They have to try to understand why a parent is nice one minute and a raging...
    rottenrobi rottenrobi 46-50, F 7 Responses Oct 8, 2015

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    And for this reason,I will never go near

    alcohol myself.I'd be stupid to considering I've probably inherited an addictive personality and am therefore more liable to fall into alcoholism myself. Plus I've absolutely no desire to touch the stuff because I know how damaging and poisonous it can be! I was just wondering...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Oct 25, 2015

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    My grandparents had nine children,

    two females and seven males. All the males were alcoholic's and the female's never drank. One auntbant one uncle remain alive. My dad was a highly ranked military Commander that drank like a fish.
    Champ4Life007 Champ4Life007 56-60, M Jan 13

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    My Story

    I`m going to do a bit of venting here. I`ve had a lot on my mind lately and I need to just unload it somewhere, I guess. Right now, my family is struggling economically, I`m unemployed and desperately searching for a job, and I`m depressed and angry about it all. My family has...
    JesusKravitz JesusKravitz 18-21, M 2 Responses May 20, 2013

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    Alcoholic Dementia

    My mom has been an alcoholic my whole life, I am 24 years old. It wasn't until the past ten years when it took a hold of her. It was right after my little sister was born when things took a turn for the worse and I was in 6th grade. My step-dad made enough money where my mom didn...
    ohhitsami ohhitsami 22-25, F 10 Responses Dec 27, 2011

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    My father is a recovering alcoholic.

    He has been sober for 4 years, however it still affects me today. I always push people away, never trusting them because I feel as if everyone lies to me and no one ever protected me. I grew up way too fast. At the age of 12, I was cooking dinner and doing homework with my 9...
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jun 1, 2015

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    Today, New Year's Eve,

    everyone is out drinking with friends. For the first time in my life, I'm away from my alcoholic mother and I don't have to keep an eye on her, I don't have to be in arguments between drunk adults, take care of them when they've gotten into a fight or fallen asleep in the couch...
    EverythingAndAnything EverythingAndAnything 18-21, F Dec 31, 2015

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    Actually, I am probably the child of two

    alcoholics, and a sibling to one. One parent is a drunk for certain, but the other never "crashed" during his lifetime, and he was probably the worse for that. My mother hit bottom in 1981, when I was about 10, detoxed, divorced, but then began to drink again on the sly. I knew...
    nostromo77 nostromo77 46-50, M 1 Response Sep 14, 2014

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    The realisation that you can't control him/her

    is really hard as you know vehemently that everyone would be happier if alcohol wasn't in the equation. I'm conflicted in that I'm really angry at my parent for the destruction the alcohol has caused but yet I'm really upset as I know how much pain they must be feeling to have...
    deleted deleted 26-30 Aug 24, 2015

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