I joined the Air Force in 1962 and alcohol was a persistent problem, I was drinking between 10 and 20 pints a day.
I served active duty in the Middle East where I experienced a traumatic incident. Back in the 60's people didn't know what Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was and I was misdiagnosed with depression. I was drinking more to cope, I was short-tempered, hyper-vigilant and couldn't cope with loud noises. I was later posted in Germany where beer was cheap.
Now, I am a born-again Christian after an experience which I describe as God hanging me up like trousers, by the legs and shaking me out. I stopped drinking, smoking and swearing and needed to change my life dramatically. Which God did overnight in 1982 and I haven't drunk alcohol since. My belief is what holds me up and keeps me going. I met my wife in 1969 and we have two daughters. I lost 11 years of their lives due to alcohol but I am so proud of the relationships I have with them now I no longer drink. My wife and I will soon be celebrating our 50th anniversary!
I want other people with Post Tramatic Stress Discorder to know that it's okay to open up and talk about their experiences and to trust that even though it's hard, especially as a man, it gets easier over time and it will help you live a happier life in the long run.
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