When did it become a problem?
When my son was born, I began to use alcohol as a crutch. One or two glasses of wine in an evening developed into a bottle a night habit by the time I returned to work eight months later. This progressed over a couple of years to two bottles a night. Attempts to control my drinking by having a ‘night off’ led to me becoming secretive and hiding my alcohol consumption from my partner. By the time I was 34, I’d taken the morning drink but because I was still working and in my head keeping things together, I didn’t really see that there was an issue. Eventually, cracks started to appear to my family and at their request, I visited Recovery Steps. All this did at the time was convince me that I could control it because I’d not had any of the physical withdrawal symptoms they talked about. My drinking carried on.