If you have a roommate or family member who is an alcoholic, then you are probably aware of some of the side effects of living with an alcoholic. For those of you who have never lived with one, it may be advisable to think twice before moving in, because it may not be quite what you expect:
Alcoholics live very messy lives. While there are some people who are clean freaks and germaphobes, these are exceptions to the rule regarding the living quarters of your typical drunk. Part of the sickness of alcoholism is that it creates stress when it comes to doing things you know you “should” do.
Alcoholics tend to forget about feelings that they have hurt. If someone has been an alcoholic for a long period of time, they may be in the habit of forgetting the pain they have caused, because they do not wish to deal with guilt. So, even if they are perfectly willing to take responsibility for certain things, they simply may not remember that they have hurt you.
Alcoholics like to live in their own little world. Drunks like to control their surroundings, because it gives them a sense of personal power. Other people disrupt this setting, so it is a good idea to let them have their personal space and do what they wish with it. Trying to become welcome in their private areas of the house may not be possible or even desirable.
Alcoholics can be lopsided in their reasoning. If you live with an alcoholic, you will come to find that they are quite particular about some things, but very lenient in others, even though the two things may be quite similar. This is due to the warped perception that alcoholism brings with it, and you may have to handle some very tricky reasoning on their part.
Alcoholics often blame others for their own responsibilities. When someone does something wrong, they often apologize and move on. However, many alcoholics blame themselves so harshly for what they have done to themselves or to others, that they then must transfer some of this blame to another.
Alcoholics can become physically or verbally abusive. Over time, if left unchecked, some alcoholics can become physically abusive or violent, or verbally abusive and sometimes quite loud. Remember that these are not acceptable living conditions. It is not respectful to yourself or to them to “get used to” that. That would be a good time to pack up and move in with a non-alcoholic.
Fortunately, jobsites do not require one to live with alcoholics, and workplace drug and alcohol testing eliminates the possibility that they can continue unreasonable behavior should they act up on the job. Call CMM Technology today to find out more about employee drug and alcohol testing in Western Australia: (+61) 1300 79 70 30.