HUGE congrats to LE for staying sober. I have been around cancer and alcoholism and the latter is insidious as to how it totally cripples a person with very little awareness. Everyone sees it but you until everything is gone and then maybe you realize something is wrong.
If Bruce V. would have handled that situation right Larry would still be coaching here
I have had a two grandfathers die of cancer (one of whom was an alcoholic - consequently he died while my dad was still in high school).
I will not disparage anyone's opinion that alcoholism is a disease, whether self-inflicted or due to greater susceptibility because of genetics. However, in no way shape or form does it even come close to being on the level of cancer.
Does this thread make anyone else thirsty?
He pointed out alcoholism is a disease -- which it is.
And we all know what a horrible disease cancer is.
I don't think he was comparing the two. I think LE was saying no one should make fun of someone with any diseases.
No one asked to get cancer. I get that.
I also get that it is sure easy to rip on a "drunk". After all, no one put a bottle to their mouth and forced them to drink in the first place. However, not everyone reacts the same way to alcohol as, say, one of my buddies. I am a social drinker. I can have one beer or gin and tonic and be okay. My buddy can't stop drinking. He's an alcoholic. He is a great guy when sober, but a terrible guy when he drinks.
It is a chemical reaction. No one knows how their body will react to alcohol until they take that first drink.
I guess the simple solution would be never to drink in the first place.
I, too, have had friends and family members battle cancer. Some have won, some continue to fight the battle, and some have lost the battle.
I also have had friends and family members battle alcoholism. Some have won, and some continue fight the battle, others have completely lost the battle and have died of complications related to alcoholism.
I hate to see people make fun of my friends or family members just because they can't control their drinking.
I respect your opinion, and understand where you are coming from. Again, I just interpretted his comments a little differently.
Sorry for the long post everyone.
Alcholism is a disease
Cancer is a disease
In that regards they are similiar. I think most get bothered by it because most alcholic's have a choice while as you don't have a choice when you get cancer (unless it is something you have done such as smoking)
Alcoholism is like gambling addiction in my mind. And I would never compare gambling to cancer.