"Faith is not a good reason to believe in any one thing. It's a bad reason to believe in everything. Faith is not synonymous with any one idea; it is synonymous with any strongly held idea, true or not. But one thing faith is not synonymous with is a logically justified idea."
August 6, 2010
Only a small portion of those who have an addiction to alcohol have it because of a genetic predisposition to addictive personality. Addictive personality can be a disease, a genetic one. But alcoholism is only one of a million ways it can manifest, therefore alcoholism is a form of the manifestation of a disease sometimes, it's not a disease itself. And still only about 20% of alcoholics have a genetic predisposition.
Just as only about 20% of murderers have a genetic predisposition to homicidal violence, but we don't consider homicide to be a disease. We consider the genetic markers which lead to some murders to be a form of disease, not murder itself.
Also, the only people who ever consider alcoholism to be a disease or either alcoholics who learned everything they know about alcoholism from a 12-step program, or people with friends or family who are alcoholics who learned everything they know about alcoholism from their friends/family who in turn learned everything they know about alcoholism from the 12-step program... The concept that alcoholism is a disease is derived from the 12-step alcoholism treatments, not from alcoholism related science.
Every male on my dad's side of the family is an alcoholic on one level or another. I'm not. I've never had a problem with alcohol. This leads me to believe it's not a genetic predisposition to addictive personality within my family. But even if it was, alcoholism isn't their disease. APD (addictive personality disorder) is their disease. Alcoholism is just their addiction of choice, it's the way their APD manifests itself.
If we are to consider alcoholics to be stricken with a disease, then we must consider those who color code their closets alphabetically to be stricken with a disease as well. Because even though some forms of OCD are a disease, and some forms of genetically predisposed addictions are diseases, we must now consider their manifestations to be diseases too. Simply to make the alcoholics happy... from now on, if you're afraid of water it's now a disease. Who cares that only a small portion of people who are afraid of water actually have rabies, we must consider the manifestations and symptoms to be diseases as well. Who cares if we misrepresent those who are simply afraid of water for non-genetic reasons, we must make the alcoholics happy.
It's time people learn a bit of science and apply it to their lives and the things they say. It's time we stop considering the rare symptoms of a disease to be a disease within themselves. 20% of alcoholics have APD to which they have chosen to apply towards alcoholism rather than food or heroine. And about 5% of people with a fear of water have rabies. But we do not consider fear of water to be a disease. The symptoms of a disease are not diseases in their own right, especially not when a vast majority of those people with that affliction do not have the genetic/disease form of the affliction. 80% of alcoholics simply like alcohol and took it too far. It's chemical, not biological.
Author: SgtHaile at 12:50 AM