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 quietly more and more morose. At home, he had both a soft side, and a very hard side to him, and was not always a nice person to be around. His drinking just made this worse, mum and dad would row and row and row, and dad would turn more nasty. I seemed to get it in the neck the most. Anyway, his drinking got worse and worse. Eventually, my mum and dad split up when I was 16.
Up to this point mum was virtually teetotal, save for the odd xmas sherry, where she would have one drink and get tiddly (merry). We used to laugh. Mum joined a couple of divorced and separated clubs, and bit by bit started drinking socially. Within two years she was an alcoholic.
Mum's alcoholism was chronic. For six years, she would get smashed out of her head nearly every day, the only days she didn't was when she didn't have the opportunity to, which wasn't often because alcohol is everywhere.
She stopped, but the damage was done. She died 5 years later of blood poisoning after two strokes, and had many health problems. My father carried on drinking had a stroke, gave up, and started again. He died in November 2007. He lived to a decent age in the end, 78, my mother was 65.
I just wanted to share this with you