Most alcoholics, at least the ones that I've known, go through denial at least twice.
The first, and most obvious, is denying that you are actually an alcoholic
. When you deny to yourself, out loud or in silence, that you are an alcoholic you've taken a huge step toward recovery. It might not seem like anything but you've subconsciously admitted it to yourself already just by thinking about it.
Non-alcoholics do not have to justify their drinking to anyone