The Myth of Churchill-BIPOLAR DISORDER – Alcohol ~ He Did Not USE NOT to ‘Achieve Intoxication’~ Moderation Only!

The Myth of Churchill-Alcohol & PRODUCTIVE MANIAC How to Use Alcohol (not abuse) to Thread the ‘Needles Eye’ of Productivity…By MICHAEL McMENAMIN… | May 18, 2018

Those who drink (abuse) alcohol as it were coffee or tea or thin it is bing ‘COOL’ or drink with the ‘Conventional ‘Happy Hour’ Mindless Drinkers’…Substance Abuse…DRINKING ALCOHOL may be considered Abuse OF Alcohol when DRINKING renders ONE “Non-Productive”…

Alcohol ‘USE’~ Like a STOP LIGHT ~ DIRECTING TRAFFIC!

‘ABUSE’~ Running the Light & having a COLLISION!

‘ALCOHOL IS AS ‘SOLVENT’ & WILL ‘DISSOLVE’ Neural Tissue OR

In Moderation ~ TO ‘TAKE the EDGE OFF’ of a ‘Frazzled’ CNS & Prefrontal Brain!

(ALWAYS in PROPORTION TO THE AMOUNT CONSUMED)

TASTING – IN MODERATION BUT ~ USING Alcohol or Bi-Polar Mania-to Control & make Productive to ‘Win the war’! ~

Churchill did not consume alcohol in order to ‘Achieve Intoxication’~ (High School Mentality!)

His consumption stayed VIRTUALLY THE SAME THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE…

Clearly, using a simple dictionary definition ~

Churchill was not an alcoholic or a HOPELESS Bi-polar Manic…

HOLY, PRODUCTIVE is ‘NOT UNLIKE’ ~ The Forest Service using a “CONTROLLED BURN” ~ For the Health of the Forest

Need for Controlled Burning: https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/dbnf/home/?cid=stelprdb5281464 Controlled burning allows the Forest Service to control the effects of fire, its location & intensity ~ Controlled burning will help the Forest Service achieve improved forest and rangeland health and will help reduce the threat of large fire events. Controlled burning can be managed or controlled to reduce the intensity and magnitude of bigger wildfires by reducing the accumulation of flammable fuels~Wildfires threaten public safety, impair forest and ecosystem health, and degrade air quality…

Persons & PROFESSIONALS-‘SEEMINGLY’ qualified to diagnose manic depression or alcohol abuse – MOST USUALLY have a ‘ SUPERFICIAL UNDERSTANDING” IF MENTAL ILLNESS or alcoholism OR MANIA ~ THE “PROFESSIONALS” OF WESTERN MEDICINE ~ Not allowing for the possibility of MAINTAINING Productivity – Much like a ‘DISTANCE RUNNER’ ~ Train to Sustain a Productive Flow without ‘achieving intoxication’ & Understand THE NEED FOR “PREFRONTAL DOWNLOAD” TIME ~ (REM SLEEP) & Ward out of the DANGERS OF THE TOXIC SAD (DEAD) FOODS Diet (Daily fare of CARNIVAL FOODS ~ (CAFO-GMO) ~ Non-GMO, Heat-Altered, Over-Milled grains (removing or diluting the PLANT PROTEIN (CNS FOOD) & EXCESS OF THEM ALL..

~ Discounting DNA ~ FOR HEALING, REVERSING & MAINTAINING :

~ CLINICAL TRIALS (A JOKE) FOR the INFLUENCE of the LIVING FOODS MACROBIOTIC DIET????~

Here’s a speculative look at the mental health of 11 of history’s big thinkers.

ABRAHAM LINCOLN // DEPRESSION. …
LUDWIG VON BEETHOVEN // BIPOLAR DISORDER. …
EDVARD MUNCH // PANIC ATTACKS. …
MICHELANGELO // AUTISM. …
CHARLES DICKENS // DEPRESSION. …
CHARLES DARWIN // AGORAPHOBIA. …
WINSTON CHURCHILL // BIPOLAR DISORDER.
MANY OF THE SAINTS THROUGHOUT HISTORY!
More items…

11 Historical Geniuses and Their Possible Mental Disorders | Mental …

mentalfloss.com/article/12500/11-historical-geniuses-and-their-possible-mental-disorders

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_with_bipolar_disorder

SCIENCE IS EVOLVING:

NEW Science: ‘NUTRITIONAL’ Psychiatry-Research on Depression & Mental Illness…https://www.linkedin.com/post/edit/nutritional-psychiatry-research-depression-new-science-dee-hinkle

MORE ~ STEVE JOBS, Florence Nightingale, byname Lady with the Lamp, (born May 12, 1820, Florence [Italy]—Alternative Title: Lady of the Lamp. She died August 13, 1910, London, England), British nurse, statistician & social reformer who was the foundational philosopher of modern nursing.Jan 18, 2018…Florence Nightingale | Biography & Facts | Britannica.com… WRITTEN BY: Louise Selanders

IF & WHEN ~ WESTERN CULTURE RECOGNIZES DNA ~

DIET (MACROBIOTIC & NOT SAD (DEAD) FOOD DIET ~

TO MAINTAIN A ‘CONTROLLED FOREST-LIKE BURN ~

Instead of PHARMA ONLY!

This MENTALITY SEEMS TO BE HOLDOVER FROM ‘THE GRACIOUS DAYS’~ SMALL MINDS ~ Fear of hurting Feelings, White lies, “Don’t want to talk about it” Judging & MISPERCEIVING, Gossiping, Overgeneralizing, Jealous, Stingy, Greedy & Selfish, ‘All or Nothing’ Binary THINKERS OF THE OLD TEMPLE (Small Minded) SCHOOL ~ Needing Rules “Dogma” to find Work-Arounds”

‘Signs of Mental Illness’ – Dr. David Burns

Those that will ‘not likely be’ a ‘Creative Adaptation

~But ‘Left Behind’ as the New Spiritual Age Emerges ~ A ‘MAL-ADAPTIVE’ or ‘Substance Abuse’ pattern ~ used leading to clinically ‘significant impairment or distress’, as manifested by one (or more) of the following, occurring within a 12-month period:

A recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home…
Recurrent substance abuse in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., driving an automobile)…
Recurrent substance-related legal problems (e.g., arrests for substance-related disorderly conduct)…
Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance…
Two of the most persistent myths about Churchill’s personal life are that he suffered from manic depression (Bipolar Disorder) or major depression & that he was an ‘abuser’ of alcohol.

Google “Churchill and Depression” or “Churchill and Alcohol” & page after page after page will pop up…Both myths suffer from ‘similar faults’.

The depression fable has been capably addressed by Carol Breckenridge ~ A similar approach may be made to the subject of Churchill and alcohol—a subject on which we heard even more of than his ‘alleged’ mental illness.

A recent example was “How was it possible for Winston Churchill to drink so much and still function at a high level?” by Scott Alexander Williams on quora.com in 2018.

First, the author gets wrong the amount of Churchill’s daily (considerable) consumption of alcohol. Then he uses this exaggerated amount to conclude that Churchill was ‘a high-functioning alcoholic.’

In fact, the amount of alcohol a person consumes does not define an alcoholic. And ‘high-functioning alcoholic’ is an oxymoron along the lines of ‘deafening silence.’

The Limit of Moderation

It is quite true that Churchill drank a lot & did so every day. I illustrated this in a scene at Chartwell in my historical novel, The Parsifal Pursuit:“Thank you,” she said as she took the gin and tonic. ‘I’m doing my best to cut down….

Alcohol is decidedly detrimental to one’s health.’ ‘Not if you drink in moderation,’ Cockran said. ‘You sound just like Mr. Churchill,’ she said. ‘Everything in MODERATION’ ~ I hear him tell people. I must say, if the way Winston drinks is ‘moderation’, then he drinks an awful lot in moderation.’ Cockran had to laugh. ‘True’.. he said. “If there is an amount that defines moderation ~ Winston is likely near the limit.”…

~ ENOUGH TO FALL INTO REM SLEEP ~ SPANISH SIESTA

Aside from Spain, siestas are common in:

Greece.
Italy.
The Philippines.
Costa Rica.
Mexico.
Ecuador.
Nigeria.
Jun 10, 2013

Siesta: The Little Nap with a Big History – SlumberWise

slumberwise.com/health/siesta-the-little-nap-with-a-big-history/

The point is that, for Churchill as an individual,

his “limit of moderation” was quite high.

The following (from Richard Langworth’s Winston Churchill, Myth and Reality) is a fair approximation of his minimum daily consumption of alcohol:

(1) 3-4 weak (no more than ‘an ounce’) whisky and sodas at 11am, teatime and bedtime and occasionally one other during the evening (He never drank whisky neat).

(2) An imperial pint (20 oz.) of champagne or wine at a 1pm lunch followed by a brandy, also likely an ounce.

(3) An imperial pint of champagne or wine at dinner followed by a brandy.

This translates into approximately six glasses (1½ 750 ml. bottles) of champagne or wine daily along with 5 to 6 ounces of whisky or brandy spread over a 12 to 15 hour period.

By any standards, that’s a lot of alcohol.

A person’s body will process and metabolize pure alcohol at the rate of one ounce per hour, however, so Churchill’s regular daily consumption is within that rate.

Were there occasions when Churchill drank more?

Undoubtedly. But the ‘amount of alcohol ‘a person consumes does not define an alcoholic.

What matters is the effect of the alcohol on a person’s health and life.

Labeling Churchill an alcoholic based on the amount he consumed is no more accurate than calling him Bi-Polar or manic-depressive because, like most people, he was from time to time depressed.

He lost elections, lost cabinet offices, lost battles, lost political arguments.

“The things he went through would depress anybody,” his daughter Mary often said.

Let us begin with a basic dictionary definition of alcoholism before we consider the more detailed criteria in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders IV (hereafter DSM-IV) of the American Psychiatric Association (1994), and whether it relates to Churchill.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines alcoholism as a “disorder characterized by the EXCESSIVE consumption of & dependence on alcoholic beverages…leading to physical and psychological harm and impaired social and vocational functioning [emphasis added].

This definition alone establishes that Churchill could not possibly be an alcoholic.

Where is the evidence of his impaired social and vocational functioning?

During his life, he wrote over fifty books in eighty volumes.

He produced over 500 oil paintings after the age of forty, played polo until he was fifty, rode horses into his seventies.

He was the highest paid journalist in the world during his “Wilderness Years” of 1929-39, he eventually won the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a political career spanning sixty years, he held every major Cabinet position except Foreign Secretary (where he assumed its duties and served as acting Foreign Secretary while Anthony Eden was on medical leave). Along the way in 1940, when Britain and her Commonwealth stood alone, he saved Western Civilization.

Clearly, using the a simple dictionary definition,

Churchill was not an alcoholic …or hopelessness bi-polar manic…

Let us however consider DSM-IV and similar, albeit more detailed and specific, criteria for a diagnosis of alcoholism.

Like Bi-Polar Disorder,

Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence (including alcohol and other drugs) are defined in DSM-IV as a “mental disorder.”

Substance Abuse and Substance Dependence are

TWO DIFFERENT THINGS..,.

THREE … IF WESTERN CULTURE RECOGNIZES DNA, DIET (MACROBIOTIC & NOT SAD (DEAD) FOOD DIET …

MAINTAIN A CONTROLLED FOREST-LIKE BURN instead of PHARMA ONLY!

(abuse being a precondition for dependence, i.e., you have to abuse alcohol before becoming dependent on it).

Churchill comes no closer to meeting these criteria than he comes to the dictionary definition.

DSM-IV is over 900 pages long and the following definitions are taken from the smaller sized Desk Reference to DSM-IV. Note: DSM-V (2013),

combines the two substance disorders into a single “alcohol use disorder”

but with almost identical criteria:

Substance Abuse…DRINKING (in a short period of time) -NOT TASTING!

A MALADAPTIVE pattern of substance use leading to clinically ‘significant impairment or distress’, as manifested by one (or more) of the following, occurring within a 12-month period:

A recurrent substance use resulting in a failure to fulfill major role obligations at work, school or home…
Recurrent substance abuse in situations in which it is physically hazardous (e.g., driving an automobile)…
Recurrent substance-related legal problems (e.g., arrests for substance-related disorderly conduct)…
Continued substance use despite having persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems caused or exacerbated by the effects of the substance…
At no time within any twelve-month period in Churchill’s long and astonishingly productive life did his alcohol consumption manifest any of these criteria.

His capacity for work—writing, painting, bricklaying, speaking, administering government departments—was legendary.

Though he rarely drove automobiles himself, he had no “legal problems” associated with excessive use of alcohol.

Any “persistent or recurrent social or interpersonal problems” he may have had were not alcohol-related & usually political in origin. For example, when he held cabinet office, he would frequently annoy other cabinet members by intervening in or ‘offering his opinions’ on matters outside his own jurisdiction.

This, of course, was ‘unrelated’ to his alcohol consumption.

It was simply his nature.

Since it is clear that Churchill NEVER ABUSED ALCOHOL…

he was never, by definition, dependent on alcohol in a clinical sense.

Nevertheless,..

let us also consider the DSM criteria for dependence and apply them to Churchill.

Substance Dependence-Forest Fire Destroying Life (of the CNS)..

A maladaptive pattern of substance use,..leading to ‘clinically significant impairment or distress’;.., as manifested by three (or more) of the following occurring at any time in the same 12-month period:

Tolerance, as defined by either of the following: (1) a need for markedly increased amounts of the substance to achieve intoxication; (2) markedly diminished effect with continued use of the same amount of the substance…
Withdrawal as manifested by either of the following: (1) the characteristic withdrawal syndrome for the substance; (2) the same (or a closely related) substance is taken to relieve or avoid withdrawal symptoms…
The substance is taken in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended…
There is a persistent desire or unsuccessful efforts to cut down or control substance use…
A great deal of time is spent in activities necessary to obtain the substance, use the substance, or recover from its effects…
Important social, occupational or recreational activities are given up or reduced because of substance use…
The substance use is continued despite knowledge of having a persistent or recurrent physical or psychological problem that is likely to have been caused or exacerbated by the substance (e.g., continued drinking despite recognition that an ulcer is made worse by alcohol consumption).
Churchill does not meet any of these criteria…

Let alone “three (or more)…

in the same 12-month period.”

Churchill did not consume alcohol in order to “achieve intoxication.”

Nor did he have “a need for markedly increased amounts” of alcohol.

His consumption stayed VIRTUALLY THE SAME THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE…

Hence, he did not consume alcohol “in larger amounts or over a longer period than was intended.”

There is no evidence of his ever suffering withdrawal—let alone consuming alcohol to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal.

He rarely made an effort to “cut down” his consumption of alcohol, though in 1936 he apparently won a bet with a friend who challenged him to abstain from spirits for a year.

Of course he never spent any time,

let alone “a great deal of time,” in obtaining alcohol, even in his youth, when he presumably had to order supplies himself.

Nor did Churchill ever cancel “important social, occupational or recreational activities” because of alcohol.

Only one of the DSM criteria may apply: it is possible that alcohol contributed to certain physical maladies as Churchill aged.

Yet he was never treated for alcoholism or told to stop drinking to improve his health.

To an extent, Churchill himself was responsible for the two leading personal fables,

his depression and drinking.

He freely used the “Black Dog” metaphor, learned from his Victorian nanny, to describe his bad moods and or sometime melancholy.

And he fanned his reputation for drinking. There were the several occasions when he asked “the Prof,” his friend Professor Lindemann, whether the amount of alcohol he had consumed in his life would reach in a room.

The Prof would always give a trifling level, and Churchill would quip: “How much to do; how little time remains.”

But none of this behavior on his part excuses historians or even serious writers to state flatly that Churchill was depressive or an alcoholic. He was neither.

Those who say he was simply don’t know what they’re talking about. And if you don’t know what you’re talking about, it is a good policy to remain silent.

The Author

INSPIRED BY: Michael McMenamin is the co-author with Curt Zoller of Becoming Winston Churchill, the Untold Story of Young Winston and His American Mentor, and the author of several Churchill historical novels. For the past two decades he has written a column in Finest Hour entitled “Action This Day,” chronicling Churchill’s life at 25-year intervals.

Dee Wagner-Hinkle

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Great Minds…Discuss Ideas!

Average Minds…Discuss Events!

Small Minds…Discuss People!

Smaller Minds…Gossip…

“Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are”…

Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826: “Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es.”

We are what we believe we are.

C. S. Lewis

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