I don't think this is talked about enough here in the G & S, everyone knows someone who is depressed, everyone knows someone who may turn to something to cope with the pain.
I am a drunk.
I drink every single day of my life to cope with the pain of what has happened to me in my life. From my failed relationships(or I should say attempts at them), to all the failures I suffered trying to find a career, being homeless, battling cancer, being on paper, all the people I have lost(I just recently had a friend die, and another friend who now has brain damage and is facing a manslaughter charge). If I don't drink I more than likely would never be able to sleep because I can't take my mind off of the pain.
My depression and addiction is literally causing me physical pain at this point in my life if I don't drink something, anything to get through the day. I am literally up and down in weight all the time because of the stress. I literally lost 40 pounds in about two months last year because of stress and depression. I have no balance in my life, because there is a void in my life that I have been trying to fill that I just can't seem to fill no matter what I do.
I just thought I would share my story.