Bert Weiss (Courtesy Q100 The Bert Show)
ATLANTA -- On Thursday, one of Atlanta's most popular radio show hosts dropped a bombshell on his listeners admitting to his listeners that, on the weekends, he has a problem with alcohol.
According to the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse, as many as 43% of adult men and 29% of women admit to binge drinking at least once a year. Dr. Carmen Martinez with DeKalb Addiction Clinic says binge drinking amounts to nearly 20% of all alcohol related problems. She says because of its social nature, the problem is much easier to deny.
"They fail to see the negative consequences that they have in that person's life. And those negative consequences may not be evident," she said. "So when we refer to a 'functioning alcohol,' it's a person who can go about their everyday life without having direct evidence of a problem," said Martinez.
Weiss noticed his issue and he knew he needed to address it.
"I've got two kids now, I've got a 10 year old and a 5 year old, who I'm just getting more present to -- I just want to be a role model to them when they're not around," Weiss told 11Alive.
Bert decided to come forward with the information about his addiction because on the Bert Show he said "We preach that we're real every single day, and if I have something this monumental going on in my life and I'm not sharing it -- I don't think that's authentic at all."
Weiss spoke about his battle on the air Thursday; he said he realized he had a problem after meeting with his former therapist.
Although Bert is afraid because he doesn't know what the future holds for his social life as he knows it, he's still ready to face the future and plans to continue on with the Bert Show.
You can send Bert a message of support below.
He posted this message on the Bert Show's webpage Thursday:
Admitting My Dysfunctional Relationship With Alcohol:
I don't know what you'd call my drinking. I know that I'm not ready to call myself an alcoholic. But I also know that my relationship with alcohol is VERY dysfunctional. I don't drink every day. I don't drink during the week. I can go weeks without a drink. I never crave alcohol. I didn't even like the taste of alcohol. I've never been so hung over that I've missed a day of work or an event or an important engagement. I can be at dinner with my wife and friends and have no problem having a drink or two. I can drink wine with my wife and stop at a glass.
My problem is the party. The bar. The event. The guys' night out. I can't put a governor on my drinking. Once I get buzzed I put my foot on the accelerator. I act foolish. Do stupid things that are barely acceptable for freshmen in college. I used to be the life of the party when I drank. Recently, I only get mad at myself while I'm drunk for allowing myself to get to this state. I can't avoid putting myself in situations in which I'm going to binge drink. In fact, I purposely put myself in situations in which I know I'm going to binge drink.
For years I've laughed about my binge drinking. I was always the guy pushing shots and overindulgence on everybody in the group. I've built a social life around alcohol. My definition of fun starts with alcohol.
Ok, so the more I'm writing, the more I'm realize that I'm gonna eventually have to come to terms with the word "alcoholic." I've always thought of the alcoholic as the person who wakes up in the morning, rolls over, tips the bottle back and starts his day. The person that NEEDS to have a drink; the person that hides bottles in the drawers of his desk at work; drinks and drives; misses work. That's not me. Maybe there are different categories of alcoholism? I'm just beginning, so I'm clueless about all of this.
All I know is that I'm embarrassed. I feel shame. I'm really scared I can't do this. I'm scared I'm gonna lose friends. I'm scared I'm going to isolate myself in my house for fear of being tempted to turn into that guy again. I'm sad I haven't been able to do this myself. Can I learn to dabble in drinking? Do I have to quit altogether?
I want to be a role model to my kids even when they are not around. When I drink, I'm not that guy. I don't want to waste more Sundays hungover.
I have my first meeting on Sunday.
Here are some resources to help anyone with an alcohol addiction.
Atlanta Alcoholics Anonymous:
24-hr hotline: 404-525-3178
1,100+ meetings in Atlanta every week
Alcoholics Anonymous (nationwide):
Atlanta Recovery Center (any addiction):
24-hr hotline: 877-755-5719
St. Jude's Recovery Center, Inch:
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