Can I learn to control my drinking?

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If you are an alcoholic, you will not likely learn to control your drinking. Once the line has been crossed into alcoholism, an alcoholic may however become adamant about finding a way to manage their drinking. This is alcoholic thinking. There is a saying that “once a pickle, never again a cucumber”. This doesn’t mean that you may not be able to have just 2 or 3 drinks one night; it means that you can’t predict with 100% certainty which night you will be able to do this and which nights you will get utterly and hopelessly inebriated. Remember, if you are at a point that you are trying to control the drinking or using, there is most likely a problem. People who don’t have an issue with drugs or alcohol are not trying to control their intake.

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