What would make an alcoholic keep drinking?
It’s all sorts of things. They like the taste, it relieves stress, they drink socially, it makes them less inhibited, they have withdrawals but drinking to can feed the cravings of attention that an alcoholic seeks.
This type of alcoholic could be thought of as a Munchausen Alcoholic because of this desire. The alcoholic drinks & refuses to quit drinking because they like the attention they get from being an addict. They like the “poor so and so” treatment and the sympathy that goes along with it.
The alcoholic can get this from counseling or support groups that feed them with if you need someone to talk to, you feel you are going to take a drink or you already have taken a drink, they will be there either through a sponsor or a group counselor.
If the alcoholic sobers up they could become a sponsor to someone else with a drinking problem and they might decide to continue drinking or taking a drink so they’ll keep receiving attention.
The alcoholic may seek information or help from someone who is a counselor or who knows a counselor or a support group and lets them know they are thinking about seeking help. This is so that person will become concerned and may devote time into visiting or calling them to see how they are.
Other times the alcoholic will solicit elsewhere where people who care, family & friends, might bring them meals, do their laundry, do housework and run errands for them besides taking their phone calls sometimes staying on the phone for hours with them and checking on them in person daily. They might bring the alcoholic things they need for hygiene, which could include mouthwash containing alcohol which the alcoholic would drink even going farther as to bring the alcoholic alcohol.
A Munchausen Alcoholic will get what they want. They will use alcohol to draw attention from elderly parents, siblings & their own children if need be. A Munchausen Alcoholic might also draw attention in the sobriety stage especially if they lost everything and a family member or friend takes them in.
Another attack for attention of an alcoholic is that sympathy could be drawn from their pain in drinking even if they didn’t lose anything.
One reason why alcoholics relapse is that it could be a form of Munchausen. The alcoholic misses all the attention they received when drinking and they crave it so badly they start drinking again so that others can feel sorry for the alcoholic.