The major symptom of the disease of alcoholism is denial. The individual’s mind is so distorted by the illness that he or she is unable to accept a problem exists.
Their defense mechanism (the denial) refuses to accept the root cause of his or her problem lies within themselves and not in their family, work or financial problems, or any other reason he or she may find to drown themselves in a bottle.
Alcoholism is not only a sickness of the body but a sickness of the mind, a way of anaesthetising or dealing with emotional pain, felt long before the truth of alcoholism raises its ugly head within the individual.
Alcoholics can go on to live happy fulfilling lives, recovery is possible once the barriers of denial are broken down.
Medical Definition of DENIAL
A psychological defense mechanism in which confrontation with a personal problem or with reality is avoided by denying the existence of the problem or reality.“The thing about denial is that it doesn’t feel like denial when it’s going on.”
― Georgina Kleege