Feeling Chart is a graphical representation of how one feels inside, which is his mood. Normal moods vary on a continuum with severe depression on one extreme and extreme cheerfulness or elation on the other. All mood states fall in between these two extremes. When a person starts using alcohol, it directly affects his mood which can be represented on the feeling chart graphically.
Standard Feeling chart shows the feeling range from sobriety (Green smiley) to elation (Pink Light) and depression (Blue Light). This represents the normal mood swings of human being.
If a person takes alcohol in sobriety, he feels better in himself. He was already feeling OK, the way he usually feels, but the drink causes him to feel better– pretty good, in fact.
Mood wise, he moves in a welcome direction from zero to (+2) on the feeling chart. He thinks this is great, how comes. He did not know about it. When the effects wear off, he moves back to where he started from .i.e. sobriety. If one drink makes a person feel good, then two or three would be even better. When the dosage wears off, he still returns to where he started from on the feeling chart, with no residual effects. So the first drinking experience is a mood swinger in a positive direction.
If someone indulges in drinking, he learns that one drink makes him feel better, while two or three enables him to put his worries aside, and with fourth, he feels terrific(+4). He not only enjoys the upward mood swings but also returns to the mood state, he started from i.e. sobriety without paying emotional cost for his drinking. This can be labeled as active social drinker. Most of the drinkers never pass this stage and remain social drinkers.
An alcoholic crosses this stage and starts giving indications of growing anticipation of welcome effects of alcohol. At the start, he will set for himself drinking rules but eventually will pass by all set rules. It is the signal of true dependency on the alcohol. Another major change can be rigidity around the time when he has become accustomed to taking alcohol i.e. “The drinking time”. Gradually, when a person drinks too much and exhibits bizarre behaviors as a direct result and for the first time as he comes down to mood swing, he slips back below normal on the feeling chart. Invisible boundaries of alcoholism have been transgressed, in which the former social drinker has become harmfully dependent. In terms of mood swing, he does not stop on ground zero (sobriety) but bounce beyond that level to depression (-1). The excessive use of alcohol continues the down spiral more painful and difficult to climb out of. Eventually, this emotional distress becomes a chronic condition.
He even feels awful when not drinking. In terms of mood swing, he pushes himself up to elation (+4), but while returning from his trip, he does not stop at zero (sobriety) but slips beyond that level into depth of depression (-4). The climax of alcoholism is now evident and continued excessive drinking brings a pathological suicidal feelings (-7). If the course of the disease is not interrupted, the end of all this is suicide, either slowly with alcohol or in a more direct fashion. Now he can never feel good whether he is drinking or not. At this stage, he can no longer achieve the happy height of old days; he drinks just to feel normal. The person (alcoholic) starts drinking from the point well below normal.He remains in state of turmoil all the time. If he drinks enough, he feels the way; he used to when he had not started drinking i.e. drinking pull him from depression and pain to sobriety for a short period. The terrifying things about this phase are that each down swing takes him further and further towards chronic pain. This is the climax of alcoholism. He feels miserable when he does not drink he does not feel good when he drinks. Eventually, he drinks because he simply can’t bear being alone without alcohol and ends up consuming many drinks just to feel good