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I Am the Child of An Alcoholic

For people whose parents drink or drank in the past. 3,346 People

    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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    My father is to blame

    for my depression, BPD and distrust in people. Alcoholism is not a disease to me, it is a selfish lifestyle choice. I will never sympathize for parents who are alcoholics. Give your child away to someone who will give him or her love and protect them.
    kbeary kbeary 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 14, 2014

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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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    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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    I have the best dad in this world.

    so innocent,loving and caring.but he got addicted to alcohol some years back.me and mom tried our level best.but nothing worked out.now he is in hospital battling liver cirrhosis.it pains me immensely and I can't imagine a world without him.i wish world leaders put a ban on...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Dec 16, 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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    hello world, i cant go to sleep,

    so i will spend time writing my thoughts here. my mother is an alcoholic. she does not admit to it nor wants to seek help. it is only getting worse and i am afraid of losing her. my dad was and never want to be in a picture, so my mom is the only parent i have, but yet honestly i...
    stophomophobia stophomophobia 22-25, F Aug 11, 2015

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Somedays

    Somedays I stare at a wall thinking of the cells the cells she locks herself in the cells this demon has killed I think to myself why would someone someone so smart pour it away it gets harder each day to remember my childhood I was the baby without a bottle it lives in...
    deciBle deciBle 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 7, 2012

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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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    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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    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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    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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    I grew up in a home with an alcoholic father who

    when he drank would put me down with words like fatty and hurtful things. Although i really dont remember my much of my childhood i do remember how my father was when he drank. How when we were at family functions away from home he would drive us home drunk and i was so scared...
    Melb1985 Melb1985 26-30, F Dec 17, 2015

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    My father is an alcoholic.

    We tried reasoning, cajoling, understanding and other possible methods to make him accept that he should stop drinking for 22 years. My mom and my siblings already gave up. I already gave up. We are in a trance that "let him be". But, seeing him slowly kills himself makes it...
    sehunscott sehunscott 22-25, F 3 Responses Aug 16, 2015

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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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    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 6 days 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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    Just Another Stranded Soul

    My father was a high-function alcoholic. He never lost his job, never was incapable, would just drink himself insensible after work. He was an ugly drunk with a bad temper - never hit anyone, but his tongue and his anger were terrifying to all his children. Many of my most vivid...
    firefall firefall 51-55, M 3 Responses Oct 19, 2011

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    So I haven't been on here

    for a while now, I actually starting thinking my dad had changed. I had been accepted into school away from home, and thought I could leave and not worry about him drinking... needless to say that dream ended less than a week in. I called home to check in, see how things were...
    sadgirl233 sadgirl233 22-25, F 2 Responses Feb 1

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    My mom was an alcoholic.

    She died when she ran into a metal telephone pole. She was drunk. B*tch deserved it. Kinda hate the fact that I had to call her my mother. My dad didn't even know she had a problem. No one did, besides me. But, then again, who's going to listen to an eleven-year old?
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 26, 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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    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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    Just Been Thinking Lately

    I'm flying out to see my dad for spring break in about a week, and its just making me think about things lately. I didn't have it bad like some other people who have parents with the same disease, but i think i have my mom to thank for that. I used to be so angry at him for all...
    PaperTowns PaperTowns 22-25, F 8 Responses Mar 15, 2010

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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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    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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    I've been waiting SO damn long to turn 18.

    I am a high school senior, employed with part time work, and am getting another job as a licensed nursing assistant (yay!) I am completely self-sufficient now. As the child of an alcoholic mother, I grew independent very, very quickly. My friends refer to me as the mom of the...
    Sarah196 Sarah196 18-21, F 3 Responses Dec 4, 2013

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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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    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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