Mom, Do You Have Alcoholism?

This is about our children, too..


Last night, on the way to hockey practice, my son dropped a bomb. We hadn’t even pulled out of the driveway yet.

“Mom, today in health class, we talked about alcoholism,” he said.

My son is 12 years old and in seventh grade. I had been wondering when this might come up. Was I ready?

“What did your teacher tell you about alcoholism?” I asked.

“She said it’s a disease and people die from it,” he replied. “That alcohol is a drug and people can be addicted to it. And, if they stop drinking for a while and then they have a drink again, they will still have alcoholism.”

“That’s true,” I said. “Do you have any questions?”


“Mom, when she was talking about alcoholism, it made me think about you,” he offered.

“Yah,” I asked, taking a deep breath.

“Mom, do you have alcoholism?”

“Yes,” I replied. “I do. That’s why I don’t drink anymore.”

“So, you’re never going to have a drink ever again?” he asked. “Not even one?”

“That’s the plan,” I answered."