Real & Fictional Alcoholism

Having written about addiction treatment, centred on my experience of 12 step programs as an alcoholic – now nearly 20 years clean – and having made one of the main characters in my novel, Trader Bob, an alcoholic … the question occurred to me: what can we learn from real & fictional alcoholism? By the way Trader Bob has a website, www.traderbobnovel.com My fictional alkie in Trader Bob was constructed from the most common traits we all seem to share which would be: no conscience around acquiring drink by any means; moral compass lacking in other areas, too, when under the influence and that could be pretty much all of the time; the insanity of believing our own lies and failing to predict that we’d get the same bad results from our drinking most times; and not liking being told what to do. But there are differences