When alcoholics use anger as a defense mechanism what are they most commonly defending?

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When alcoholics use anger as a defense mechanism what are they most commonly defending?

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The first thing that comes to mind is their use of alcohol. Many alcoholics are aware that their alcoholism is life threatening and, still, the need for alcohol wins out. When the financial, health, family and other costs are counted, more has been risked for their continued use of alcohol than anything else in their life. When something is more important than life itself, that is very powerful and that is a measure of the craving associated with addiction. Another related area is facing the exact nature of the losses due to the use of alcohol and other drugs. This is a grief process covered in the steps.

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