It is quite amazing to me how so many people who consider themselves liberal and enlightened go around calling other folks bad names like “alcoholic” or “addict”. These same people would never think about calling others bad names based on their race, ethnicity, religion, IQ, sexual orientation or even sanity.
It seems that even most of the liberals in American society need a scapegoat and people who like to engage in recreational intoxication or other vices such as gambling or even promiscuity are now subject to getting labeled as an “alcoholic” or an “addict” by every uneducated un-degreed yay-hoo on the street.
The fact is that the words alcoholic and addict do not even occur in the DSM-IV and even if they did then you would still be diagnosing folks without a license if you used them to label people.
The simple fact is that “alcoholic” and “addict” are merely dirty words that some people use to make other people feel bad about themselves. If you use them, then shame on you–you oughtta have your mouth washed out with soap.
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