Myth: But she’s not always drunk.
Fact: Very few alcoholics are. It’s what happens when they drink that counts.
Myth: But he has such a nice family.
Fact: There is no reason an alcoholic can’t have a nice family. Most alcoholics are able to take care of their families for a long time.
Myth: But she doesn’t look like an alcoholic.
Fact: There is no “alcoholic look.” In fact, many alcoholics make a point of looking especially good just to “prove” they aren’t alcoholics.
Myth: But he only drinks beer.
Fact: Alcohol is alcohol. A can of beer equals a shot of whiskey equals a glass of table wine.
Myth: He makes it to work every day, so he couldn’t be an alcoholic.
Fact: Many alcoholics rarely miss work. They may be hung over, but still manage to show up.
Myth: But he comes from such a good background.
Fact: Alcoholism can happen to anyone, regardless of family background or social and economic status.
Myth: But he has a good job.
Fact: Most alcoholics are employed, responsible people. Many are professionals and executives.
Myth: She’s too nice to be an alcoholic.
Fact: Many alcoholics are good people. There is no “alcoholic personality,” although a person’s behavior can change after drinking.
Myth: But I never see her drink.
Fact: Alcoholics often keep their drinking habits secret, especially from coworkers and employers.
Myth: Alcoholics are all bums.
Fact: Most alcoholics are ordinary, respectable people.