Understanding Why an Alcoholic Drinks in the Morning

Generally, when an alcoholic wakes up they start drinking as soon as possible. If not they are planning where the will get the first one for the day. For many this means first thing in the morning. People who drink have what is called a thinking disorder (disease theory of alcoholism). From the moment they wake up the obsession for alcohol begins and does not stop until they fall asleep at night.

Their minds never quit thinking about where, when and how the can get a drink of alcohol. It sounds crazy…I know. They cannot get away from the haunting physical addiction or quit thinking about getting a drink. It is very much like having an obsession with someone who you are deeply in love with.

Some have said that alcoholics romance the bottle.

morning on farmA friend of mine used to drink alcohol first thing in the morning. The convenient store was his regular stop on his way to work. Fortunately for him, he was self-employed because sometimes by late morning he had to sleep for a while because he had consumed so much alcohol.

Prior to going to bed they generally make sure that they either have a plan to get a drink when they wake up or have some easily accessible to them.

Along with this chronic, dysfunctional behavior is where the alcoholic lies all the time. As they are mapping out the day for when and where they will get the alcohol, they are also developing excuses and lies to cover up their addictive behaviors. Family, friends and co-workers get lied to often. Read this article about lying alcoholics.

morning on lakeWe see this same sort of addictive behavior with people who are addicted to pills. They cannot rest until they either get their pill first thing in the morning or soon after waking up.

People who start drinking alcohol as soon as they get up are definitely alcoholics. There’s no two ways about this one.

Alcoholism is a thinking disease. It cannot just be turned off like a light switch. As much as we find ourselves obsessing over an alcoholic, they get caught in the grips of chasing after drink.

If your husband, wife, friend or child is drinking alcohol first thing when they awake in the morning, the chances are good that they have a serious problem with alcoholism.

Right now, you must realize that you cannot control their drinking, you did not cause it and you will never be able to cure it. In a nut-shell… you must learn to let them go. That my friend is easier said than done.

The best place to learn how to let go of a problem drinker is in support group meetings. If you search in your local area you will find that meetings are available first thing in the morning and throughout the entire day.

Living with an active alcoholic is too much for us. Our thinking gets distorted and we try to force solutions. There’s no solution to the problem that you can cause top happen. They must decide on their own to quit drinking. Until then, all you can do for the alcoholic family member, friend or co—worker is learn how to love them unconditionally.

The process of understanding why alcoholics do the things they do can take many support group meetings. Coupled with the meetings, reading as much literature as possible is suggested. If we are going to understand why an alcoholic must obsess over getting a drink, we must get around people who understand these types of behaviors. Sometimes a therapist can help with these issues, but I personally think that Al-anon is your best bet.

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  • JJ

    I have a drink every morning but it dosnt make me an alcoholic

    just a small vodka or can of cider helps to wake me up and give me an energy burst which helpsto motivate as i have depression
    an alcoholic would continue drinking throughout the day

    what about people who have a glass of wine with their meals, surely they are worse as they cant eat their food without a drink of alcohol

  • Jc

    …and one day you may continue to drink more and more. Their are
    stages of alcoholism. Their is a reason your even looking it up on the internet. But, we all learn and grow in life…that’s what it’s all about. Try taking antidepressants they help balance
    the chemicals in your body. Alcohol is a depressant will make it worse not better eventually.
    But…you will believe what you need to believe.

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  • Ashley

    This article was written extremely poorly. Besides the incoherent English, grammar errors and run on sentences, many of the sentences weren’t even written properly. The writer mentions how someone has a drinking problem because he has a drink in the morning…ok. How many times is it called a “thinking disease”. Did you label that yourself and is this you with the one drink in the morning thing? I’m confused.

  • Psy

    Why does anyone decide to do anything at all like the person addicted to reading or looking at objects why do they do it, probably for fun for pleasure.As for drinks some people just like the feeling it gives same for soda perhaps the flavor. Sorry for all that already known knowledge now then my reason for drinking all day when possible is due to the fact iam expressing my freedom. and that not to care about my Health everyone no matter how healthy you are we all die death can come at any time so party enjoy over consuming food drinkshave fun know your limit from, Sipping taking small sips through at the day or chugging down bottles nonstop till yur drunk blacked out unless thats what you are aiming for.

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  • Marci Nicholson

    My boyfriend works in construction and I noticed since living with him he has about 8oz’s of vodka on the way to work! Typical pour for a drink! I am concerned! Also , the sex sucks because drinking comes first ! I have talked to him about it and he says things will get better, but nothing changes. Now I need to decide if I will continue my journey with him.

  • JMead

    My comments regarding the post made by Ashley, December 7, 2018.

    As I read the highly critical critique expressed by “Ashley”, I had to wonder what motivated her to express such non-subject related criticism. Surely one doesn’t spend that much energy on submitting such a strong reply in hopes the writer will do something constructive to enhance their communication abilities. I think it’s clear as to what Ashley is doing. Defense mechanisms in alcoholics are easily triggered when they feel personally attacked, even when it’s not personal, such as this case here. Sadly, if Ashley reads this, little to no difference will occur in her life unless she has taken the responsibility to use “personal freedom” correctly. Real freedom is not getting to do anything you want. Real freedom is doing what is right.

    And before you ask, you need to realize that which is right is not subjective… it’s the same for every person when measured by the same rule book

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  • Jc over here telling someone who drinks to try antidepressants instead of alcohol, boi ive had all the antidepressants ever heard of treatment resistant depression? only time ive ever been “happy” is when i was taking mushrooms once a month and it fucking worked, i was a completely different person a better person. one that liked being sober because if any of you have tried mushies then ya know it makes you greatful for being sober atleast it did me stuff is strong.

    no Pill from a doc has ever worked well for me and honestly i hate doctors and pills, funny to me how someone can sit here and recommend someone use destructive pills instead of an equally destructive poison, you think pills are safe because someone making absolute bank is telling you they are? every man made drug has a list 10x as long about the negatives than any natural remedy out there and no i dont mean fucking oils, that shits wack i mean traditional ancient medicine. Mexicans get it they got some pretty smart people who use natural medicine but then you got americans who think they can solve everything with church and pills.

    maybe smoke some weed every now and again or take a mushroom when ya feel like the universe hates you. alcohol is not the answer but neither are pills and also atleast alcohol is legal, sure pills are too but id rather not stop killing my liver (that can heal itself to a point of course) just so that i can kill my kidneys or gallbladder or fuckin something else.

    i swear id rather just off myself then be alive with so many fucking idiots around me
    maybe i am a narcissist but when your right all the time and idiots around you believe in the dumbest shit even those who should be way smarter then me.

    yall’s logical brain is broken maybe you need a bit of mine to make sense of the world.

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