Mary (alias) recently took the Alcoholism Test and then emailed me.(She didn’t leave a public comment because she wanted her communication to be confidential.) Although a few details are changed or omitted to protect Mary’s privacy, she began with “I was researching functional alcoholism and came across your site.After I answered her I kept thinking about her situation and how similar it sounded to what I have heard so many times before.Just look at the long list of comments following the Alcoholism Test.When a person is alcoholic, they are out of control of their drinking.
I said some other things too, but I couldn’t really offer professional advice based on her email alone.
When a family realizes that one of their members’ “drinking problem” is actually alcoholism, this is a big step forward in handling the situation.
Perhaps a “drinking problem” is something you talk to a person about, you ask them to improve their behavior for their own good. But alcoholism, by definition, is a very different matter.
Rachel already knows Ross Geller, Monica's brother, as all three went to the same high school and also Chandler Bing as he was Ross's college buddy.
Rachel's first job is as a waitress at Central Perk coffee house.