An important step in overcoming alcoholism is to recognize alcohol for what it is - a liar and a thief. It lies by tricking you into believing that the more you drink the better you'll feel, when the truth is that you will soon feel worse. Much, much worse.
It blinds you to the fact that you are doing untold damage to your body and brain - damage that takes years off of your life, and can only be undone when you stop or drastically curtail your drinking.
It robs you of your youth by making you appear years older than you really are. It steals your money as your paychecks are simply pissed away, with nothing to show for them except a hangover and an addiction.
Even worse, it robs you of any genuine enjoyment of life you might have had, as it constantly dulls and numbs all of your senses. Life just passes you by when you're addicted to alcohol, and nothing really matters except drinking ... and drinking ... and drinking.
Sooner or later, you will need to become "sick and tired of being sick and tired" to truly overcome alcoholism. Since you're reading this article, chances are pretty damn good that you're close to feeling that way right now. When you finally realize all the damage alcohol has done to every area of your life, it is time to start healing your body, mind and spirit.
Start the healing process by drinking less alcohol and more WATER ... lots of it. Alcohol is known to dehydrate the body - and autopsies have demonstrated that the brain of an alcoholic weighs substantially less than a person who drinks lightly or not at all. Help your body overcome the abuse you subjected it to by drinking at least 4 pints of water per day, and soon you will be thinking more clearly, more creatively, and much more deeply.
Start eating properly again, and give your body the nutrients it needs to heal itself. Your body is truly a miraculous machine, able to repair itself in untold ways, and after just a few weeks of proper nutrition you will notice your face looking younger, your body feeling stronger, and your energy returning. Help your body heal by drinking what it craves (water) and eating what it needs (good, solid, nutritious foods).
Start exercising again, as an invigorating daily walk of 15 or 20 minutes will benefit you in a multitude of ways. In addition to the aerobic benefits, recent studies have demonstrated that exposure to sunshine is a healthy lifestyle choice, and you'll be amazed to find how it lifts your spirits as well.
Finally, see alcohol for what it really is: a liar and a thief. For when you recognize these characteristics of alcohol you'll soon find yourself wanting to stay as far away from it as possible, And before long you will see yourself for what you truly are: unique, gifted, talented ... and getting healthier each day.