First Person – Mystery Solved

I suppose he was happy for people to see him as pigheaded, since it covered up the real problem: His rapidly deteriorating cognitive function.

This is a fascinating account by a man who simply could not bring himself to believe he suffered from alcoholism, even as he experienced greater and greater consequences directly related to alcohol withdrawal.

As he puts it: “It may seem far-fetched to say I didn’t know that I was alcohol dependent until I tried to stop drinking.”

Not to me. It may not be as uncommon as it once was, due to improved training and awareness among medical professionals. but it remains far from rare. We'll let him tell it:

‘Cutting Back’ On My Drinking Landed Me in the Hospital

He wasn't the only one blind to his alcoholism; so were several of the physicians who examined and treated him for its effects. After his first medical crisis, the ER physician checked his vitals, ran a few tests, found nothing too abnormal. So he sent him home with a suggestion that he'd picked up some kind of virus and he should rest.

He resumed drinking, naturally-- why not? he thought-- and additional...

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