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  • Writer's pictureDavid Sklar, PhD, ACSW


If we understand that we drink in order to change our spatial and temporal attunement to the world, and not to escape from our problems we can easily see the difficulties social isolation and lack of work can and will create. Most of us who drink, even people like me who became alcoholics, saved our drinking for after hours. Work is often a buffer between our healthy selves and unhealthy selves. Free time, especially prolonged free time is a disaster to anybody with an alcohol or drug issue. Our bodies feel edgy and dull and beg for relief when we have nothing to do. So it is natural to begin drinking earlier in the day to relieve this edginess. Drinking earlier leads to greater quantities of liquor and more severe levels of drunkenness. Once we hit a certain point we yearn for these more severe levels of inebriation. It becomes harder to tolerate dead time, which we may collectively have a lot of in the coming months. Becoming an alcoholic is crossing a series of lines which simply involve drinking more, and more often over time until drinking becomes unavoidable.

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