Tim Philips is an Addict

By / 6 years ago / Tim Philips / 1 Comment

Today is a big day for me.

This blog was written by Tim on the 1st Feb – Ed

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TO cut to the chase, TODAY  is the first of – what I hope to be – 28 days of sobriety. That’s right, twenty-eight days, or ONE whole month of not having one single alcoholic beverage.

Since the age of my first drunken-ing on Blue Curacao & Lemonade at fifteen I have never gone longer than 13 days without a single drink.

What I’m about to say, I think, is actually quite hard for a professional bartender to say. In fact it hurts me to say I honestly think i’m going to struggle on this mission.

I think I’m addicted to alcohol.

Alcoholism is something that should never be made light of. I KNOW i drink way too much. I have for the last ten years of my life. Do i think i’m an alcoholic?

No. I do however, think i rely on alcohol way too much to get through my life. Work getting you down? There’s a shot of Tequila that will fix that. Night off? Better have a few drinks with friends. Sunday! End of my working week, time to get drunk! Any excuse will do for me.

Am i any different to every other bartender? Probably not. I realise alcohol abuse is the biggest problem in our industry. And to make matters worse it is not only accepted, but in many cases applauded.

It’s a sorry circumstance we find our industry to be in where we honour fellow work mates who are able to ‘drink their face off’ night after night.

I know i should respect alcohol more than i already do. It debilitates souls and families, kills more people each year that all illegal drugs combined and more than everything makes me a less charming and worse human being. Yet i still go back.. Sounds like addiction to me.

However today is a new day, and today is the start of febfast. Although it may not seem like much to my buddies outside of bartending, i’m not going to have a single drink for a month. No ‘get out of jail free’ cards at work, no apologetic-guilt-ridden status updates. I’m going cold turkey!

In part, im doing this for charity. Feel free to donate moolah at http://www.febfastfundraising.com.au/tim_philips. Mostly though, i’m doing this for myself. I’m a stubborn guy and i’m flat-out trying to prove to myself i’m not an alcoholic.

The next month means a lot to me. I know I will do it, and I also know deep down I need to change my drinking habits. I’m 26 and a half now. No more binge drinking on a tuesday night. I’ve realized i’m quite a nice guy without being drunk. Here’s to a new year and a new found respect for the stuff I work with day in, day out. I raise a ‘Shirley Temple’ square in your direction.

Wish me luck….

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Editor

Andy Ives has over 10 years hospitality publishing to his name and has written for trade magazines such as CLASS and Theme. Most recently he worked as editor of Industry magazine (the Australian version of Theme), bars editor of Australian Bartender magazine, and launched (with Simon) www.4bars.com.au, which is now Australia’s leading bar industry website.

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  • eoghan carlin04. Feb, 2011

    picked the shortest month :-) naw, good luck for reals!

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