Alcoholism stories are something that I know a bit about, being a victim of an alcoholics behaviour. There's a nice story already on this Blog - the story of Christmas day ahhh so lovely..
Here's a another from a memory full of them. There are more to come.
About 5 years ago my alcoholic partner wanted to go to the theatre to see a pantomime. The theatre was not that far away and she organised the tickets. I drove the car. We parked not too far from the theatre and she said she'd direct us to the theatre on foot after parking.
She couldn't do it. She was confused and lost. Bad news and clear signs of the booze. However, but for the fact she was confused I couldn't tell she was drinking (I am better at it now).
So, we get to the theatre (I kind of knew how to get there). She wants to go to the toilet when we get there. Fine. We get to our seats and during the performance she criticizes the show, unjustly (the booze talking).
By the time of the intermission she can barely walk to the bar and goes to the toilet again. She comes out and can barely stand (a scene is about to happen in full view of the public). She falls over at the bar but we manage to get back to our seats where she sleeps through the remainder of the performance.
At the end of the show, the big question comes up "how to get her out of here?". Well I managed to get her out of there - not easy. Once out she sat down just outside the theatre on the ground and fell asleep.
Here's the horrible bit. Other people coming out of the theatre looked at her and were naturally concerned but they don't know what was wrong. They'd look at me like I had 4 heads and was a monster who had beaten her up and she was on the ground for that reason.
What they didn't know was that she had poured neat Vodka into a mineral water bottle, one of those small ones and put it in her handbag. She'd go to the toilet frequently to take a gulp or two and have a pee at the same time, as booze is a diuretic.
Back to her on the ground. A women accused me of assaulting her. I explained that she had been drinking. She didn't believe me and was hostile towards me (I'm meant to be having a nice evening out at Christmas.... :).
She asks how she could have drunk so much and I explain how. Disbelief. Someone calls an ambulance.
When the ambulance comes, my partner is still out cold. I then get cross-examined by the ambulance crew and asked to produce an ID!
I was on the verge of being arrested. I got away eventually and drove home. As for my partner the ambulance took her to the nearest hospital and she discharged herself soon after, got home and started to drink again and continued for the next 4-5 days.....
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