This is a true story overheard as I was waiting at a street light:
"I couldn't stop drinking!" she said to her friend. "I had to drink even to paint my fingernails, or go shopping, to do the dishes---God it was awful!"
"I would put my wine bottle in my purse to go to work and would take a swig but didn't get the cap on tight and it spilled all over my purse. My purse was soggy all the time!" She laughed as they walked at the green light.
I thought of all the times I had to drink years ago. I did not put anything in my purse but made sure there were bottles where I could reach out and get them when the urge came upon me. Alcoholism does not give choices---an alcoholic has to drink no matter what. That is confusing to social or non drinkers. The common comment is, "Why can't you/they just stop?!"
Science itself has not answered this question. It seems the only solution is a spiritual one. And that is a hard pill to swallow too. Addiction is a big deal for the world. While there is more information on how the brain works, how the chemistry of the body works, how emotions can be manipulated by good therapy there does not seem to be a 'cure' for alcoholism yet. There are many attempts, plans, experiments, etc. but no real relief except group bunch ups usually in AA/NA/The Fix type places, and treatment centers.
"God it was/is awful?" to be an addict but when in recovery, "God it is great!" And there are many in recovery and have recovered from alcoholism/addiction of body and mind. So if you find yourself with a soggy purse and want to have one that is dry---you may want to contact AA or NA or---just try---reach out and you too can recover over time---guaranteed!