Quotes About Alcohol Abuse

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Quotes About Alcohol Abuse

“Alcohol is the cause and the solution to many of life’s problems”

Dan Castellaneta

“I drink to make other people more interesting”

Ernest Hemingway

“Alcoholism is a well-documented pathological reaction to unresolved grief”

David Cook

“The hard part about being a bartender is figuring out who is drunk and who is just stupid” 

Richard Braunstein

“Alcohol is barren. The words a man speaks in the night of drunkenness fade like the darkness itself at the coming of day”

Marguerite Duras

“Avoid using cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as alternatives to being an interesting person”

Marilyn Vos Savant

“Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life”

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“Wine hath drowned more men than the sea”

Thomas Fuller

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Alcoholism: A chronic disease characterized by uncontrolled drinking and preoccupation with alcohol.

“My dad’s side of the family… they’re a real bizarre bunch, going back to the original colonies. That side’s got a real tough strain of alcoholism. It goes back generations and generations, so that you can’t remember when there was a sober grandfather” 

Sam Shepard

“24 hours in a day. 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not.”

H.L. Mencken

“Alcoholism or addiction is a disease because it fits the definition of disease. It is progressive and chronic, and left untreated, it will kill” 

Irene Tomkinson

“When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”

Henny Youngman

“My anger made me drink as an escape from reality, a way of forgetting. But you don’t know when the medicinal effect ends and the poisoning begins … This is my sixth year of sobriety. Overcoming alcoholism has been my greatest challenge and my greatest reward.”

Mercedes McCambridge

“Sobriety was the best gift I ever gave myself”

Rob Lowe

“Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” 

Ernest Hemingway

“My recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last”

“I chose sober because I wanted a better life. I stay sober because I got one”

“I’m not telling you it is going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it’

“Drunkenness is nothing but voluntary madness.”


“My friends speak of my drinking…. but they know not of my thirst”

“To me ‘drink responsibly’ means don’t spill it”

“Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.”

Brittany Burgunder

“Recovery didn’t open the gates of heaven and let me in. Recovery opened the gates of hell and let me out!”

“I started drinking every day. I’d come home from work and I’d start to drink and I’d just sit there and drink until I passed out on the couch,”

Ben Affleck

“Alcohol may be man’s worst enemy, but the bible says love your enemy.”

Frank Sinatra

“Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.”

George Bernard Shaw

“I’m very serious about no alcohol, no drugs. Life is too beautiful.”

Jim Carrey

“There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.”


“In 1969, I gave up women and alcohol – it was the worst 20 minutes of my life.”

George Best

“A man’s true character comes out when he’s drunk.”

Charlie Chaplin

“I am more afraid of alcohol than of all the bullets of the enemy.”

Stonewall Jackson

“Alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical drugs are legal, but they can hurt a lot of people.”

Ziggy Marley

“Don’t you know there ain’t no devil, it’s just god when he’s drunk.”

Tom Waits

“It’s useless to hold a person to anything he says while he’s in love, drunk, or running for office.”

Shirley MacLaine

“I’d love to see the world without liquor for a week.”

Ian Brown

“We judge ourselves harshly and have a very low sense of self-esteem.”

Tony A.

“I spent ninety percent of my money on wine, women and song and just wasted the other ten percent.”

Ronnie Hawkins

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.”

Benjamin Franklin

“We either become alcoholics, marry them or both, or find another compulsive personality such as a workaholic to fulfill our sick abandonment needs.”

Tony A

“When he was a kid, it used to feel like his parents disappeared when they got drunk. As the levels of their glasses went down, he could sense them pulling away from him, as if they were together on the same boat, slowly pulling away from the shore where Oliver was left stranded, still himself, still boring, sensible Oliver, and he’d think, Please don’t go, stay here with me, because his real mother was funny and his real father was smart, but they always went.

First his dad got stupid and his mum got giggly, and then his mum got nasty and his dad got angry, and so it went until there was no point staying and Oliver went to watch movies in his bedroom. He’d had his own VCR in his bedroom. He’d had a privileged upbringing, had never wanted for anything.”

Liane Moriarty

“Wine is bottled poetry.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“Beer, it’s the best damn drink in the world.”

Jack Nicholson

“Blessed are those who do not fear solitude, who are not afraid of their own company, who are not always desperately looking for something to do, something to amuse themselves with.”

Paulo Coelho

“Great people talk about ideas, average people talk about things, and small people talk about wine.”

Fran Lebowitz

“Listen closely: the only time it’s too late to change yourself is when you’re dead. Until then, you’re simply making excuses or lying to yourself.”

“I made a commitment to completely cut out drinking and anything that might hamper me from getting my mind and body together. And the floodgates of goodness have opened upon me – spiritually and financially.”

Denzel Washington

“If you can’t do anything about it then let it go. Don’t be a prisoner to things you can’t change.”

Tony Baskin

“I will not beg you for your time or try to convince you to choose me, the world is too big and I have too much to offer.”

“We make others feel guilty when they attempt to assert themselves.”

Tony A

“Greatness never goes on sale, you must pay the full price”

Dabo Swinney

“We confuse love and pity and tend to “love” people we can “pity” and “rescue.””

Tony A

“Remind yourself that you don’t have to do what everyone else is doing.”


“That’s how you can tell that you’re filling yourself with the wrong things. You use a lot of energy, and in the end, you feel emptier and less comfortable than ever.”

Glennon Doyle Melton

“and at some point I thought to myself: ‘no person deserves this,’ and I realized that includes even me.”

“A book can teach you, a conversation can assure you, a poem can seduce you, a genius can inspire you but only you can save yourself.”

Anthony Anaxagorou

“Don’t be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.”

Roy T. Bennett

“When life gets hard don’t make it harder.”

“their lack of coping skills does not make you talking about your feelings abusive or bad.”

“Recovery doesn’t happen all at once. Be happy for the little improvements, no matter how small. Any movement towards recovery/wellness is important!”

“learning to overcome setbacks is a part of recovery.”

“Here is the basic concept: If you can change the thought, then you will likely change the emotionphysical response and actions that follow.”

“Adult Children of Alcoholics was largely based on the premise that for the ACoA there is a lack of data base: ACoAs do not learn what other children learn in the process of growing up. Although they do wonderfully well in crisis, they do not learn the day-to-day process of “doing life.”
 Janet Geringer Woititz

“Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world.”

Kaiser Wilhelm

“We inhibit our fear by staying deadened and numb.”

Tony A

“You have dug your soul out of the dark, you have fought to be here; do not go back to what buried you.”

Bianca Sparacino

“It’s OK to be hurt. It’s OK to be angry or sad. Your emotions are not the enemy, no ones goes through life never feeling a negative emotion so allow yourself to feel anger, sadness, pain etc. As long as you deal with them healthily, negative emotions are OK.”

“Beer. Now there’s a temporary solution.”

Dan Castellaneta

“Who you were, who you are, and who you will be are three different people.”

“It’s okay to grieve for the parents you wanted and needed but didn’t get.”

“There is no part of you that is unlovable, you just happen to have met some very misguided people along the way.”

“Don’t let the concept of change scare you as much as the prospect of remaining unhappy.”

Timber Hawkeye

“You did not deserve to be treated badly. But others also don’t deserve to be treated badly by you.”

“We are irresponsible and self-centered. Our inflated sense of self-worth and self-importance prevents us from seeing our deficiencies and shortcomings.”

Tony A

“You must break the pattern today or the loop will repeat tomorrow”

“When we’re new to recovery, boundaries can be a mystery because most of us came from families that had none.”

Strengthening My Recovery

“If you resolve to give up smoking, drinking and loving, you don’t actually live longer; it just seems longer.”

Clement Freud

“It’s like gambling somehow. You go out for a night of drinking and you don’t know where your going to end up the next day. It could work out good or it could be disastrous. It’s like the throw of the dice.”

Jim Morrison

“We dominate others and abandon them before they can abandon us or we avoid relationships with dependent people altogether. To avoid being hurt, we isolate and dissociate and thereby abandon ourselves.”

Tony A

“My rule of life prescribed as an absolutely sacred rite smoking cigars and also the drinking of alcohol before, after and if need be during all meals and in the intervals between them.”

Winston Churchill

“Nothing I’ve achieved in my life has ever come about because of alcohol.”

Garrett McNamara

“We became isolated and afraid of people and authority figures”

Tony A

“I never had one beer. If I bought a six-pack of beer, I kept drinking till all six beers were gone. You have to have that kind of understanding about yourself. I haven’t had a drink now in 12 years.”

Samuel L. Jackson

“You probably had fantasies about leaving home, about running away, about having it over with, about your alcoholic parent becoming sober and life being fine and beautiful. You began to live in a fairy-tale world, with fantasy and in dreams. You lived a lot on hope, because you didn’t want to believe what was happening.

You knew that you couldn’t talk about it with your friends or adults outside your family. Because you believed you had to keep these feelings to yourself, you learned to keep most of your other feelings to yourself. You couldn’t let the rest of the world know what was going on in your home. Who would believe you, anyway?”

Janet Geringer Woititz

“Until we realize our powerlessness, until we realize the only ones we can truly change are ourselves, we will continue on a downward spiral, often driving the ones we care about from our lives, whether that happens emotionally, physically or both. It’s a paradox of this program that only by admitting our powerlessness can we gain true manageability in our lives”

Strengthening My Recovery

“We have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and it is easier for us to be concerned with others rather than ourselves; this enables us not to look too closely at our own faults, etc.”

The Laundry List, ACOA

“I doubt if you can have a truly wild party without liquor.”

Carl Sandburg


“Beer makes you feel the way you ought to feel without beer.”

Henry Lawson

“I have to deal with people in weird ways. I was walking down the street and this woman walks up to me and she goes, ‘You know, I think it’s so inspirational that you’re out.’ I was like, ‘I’m on my way to the liquor store. Are you inspired?'”

Josh Blue

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Many people that can relate to quotes about alcohol abuse have experienced a lot of loss, abuse, or other form of emotional pain.

This means you’re more likely to have

  • Negative thoughts about yourself
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Other thought cognitive distortions

If that sounds like something that applies to you, you might want to check out Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

CBT: An effective form of treatment for chronic negative feelings.

It’s a form of psychotherapy that helps a person identify negative thought patterns so they can change them.

I’ll show the CBT model below so you can get the concept. Below the CBT model I’ll put some more links to posts describing it.

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I grew up with two alcoholic parents. I’ve been in CBT for years now and it was the best thing I ever did for myself. 




Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families  | ACOA

Another amazing place to connect. ACOA changed my life. I know that many others feel the same admiration for this program. There are thousands of groups.

If you don’t like one, try another!

They have guidelines to ensure that you feel safe. You never have to turn on a camera or mic, or speak at all. I sometimes just join to listen to others.

Don’t be turned off if you’re not from an alcoholic family; alcohol aside; there are tons of people that are just as welcome as anyone else.


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