Composition 81 アルコール中毒との接し方 中井久夫の文章から




To drink alcohol is normal. However, if you cannot stop drinking by yourself, that is abnormal. Not limited to drinking alcohol, everything is the same case. I used to tell my patients, "You seem to be not good at drinking." They contradicted in most cases, "No way. I like drinking very much," and then, I explained to them, "If you can't stop drinking, that shows you're no good at drinking. Some people who don't drink alcohol are not good at drinking nor poor. They are indifferent to this case." Besides, after a little silence, I used to add, "Everyone has one or two things the one cannot do well. That is usual."
Ordinarily, an alcoholic patient nonpluses his or her family, and they wish the patient to recover. So I used to ask one of the family, 'Would you like to do anything to cure your dear?' If the answer was 'Yes,' I begged, 'Please don't mortify the patient. That is very easy, and everyone can understand what I mean. However, it is tough to do it actually,' and appended, 'If you say to your dear, "I'm proud of you for stopping drinking," that occasionally hurts your dear's pride.' Sometimes, the question returned, 'Why can't I say so? What's wrong?' and I replied, 'Too much medicine can be as spoiling as too little. Maybe too many compliments are the same.' In fact, when family members try to cheer up a patient, quite a few patients are embarrassed and feel, 'After all, I have no virtue except for stopping drinking.' Therefore, before the treatment starts, clinicians must get the agreement that the family maintains the patient's pride.




  • 患者本人は「止められないことは苦手なことである」と自覚しよう。


  • 家族は「褒めることは簡単ではない」と自覚しよう。