December 31, 2006
Stop Drinking Advice would like to wish you all a great New Year and all the very best for 2007
Stop Drinking Advice would like to wish you all a great New Year and all the very best for 2007
Don’t do it, unless you want to end up like this.
Do you spend all your money just to buy a week long supply of wine rather than food?
How many more times do you feel rage because you’ve run out of wine in the cellar rather than the times you’ve run out of food in the refrigerator?
For any regular person who doesn’t drink as much, these rages may not happen but for an alcoholic these are not peculiar situations.
Alcoholism is regarded as one of the most expensive illnesses in the United States alone in terms of both money and happiness.
Billions of dollars are spend every year because of excessive drinking; a cost carried by many agencies including social, philanthropic, religious and government agencies.
Alcoholics have disruptive behaviors and these are effects of their addiction, which do not only involve themselves but also their friends and relatives. Alcoholism often results in broken families and divorce, taxing welfare and relief payments.
Employers suffer the burden of having alcoholic employees who often lose time from their work not only because of impaired concentration, but more often because of their being accident hazards to both their work and the people around them.
Fatal traffic accidents, suicide and homicide can also be products of an alcoholic’s disruptive behavior. A certain level of alcohol in the blood stream can affect a person’s proper judgment and performance.
When a person consumes so much alcohol, he is no longer fit to drive and becomes accident prone and an imminent hazard to the rest of the pedestrian and commuting public.
After all the hazards and pain that comes along with alcoholism, we would wonder, is there really a complete rehabilitation for this type of illness? If you are a spouse, a child or a friend of an alcoholic, you will certainly desire it.
There is hope for a complete recovery for anyone who is suffering from alcoholism, although a cure in the sense of totally recovering the ability to drink socially is rather rare.
For many chronic alcoholics, the only way to keep the disease from coming back is complete abstinence. The treatment comprises both medical and psychiatric measures. Psychiatric hospitalization is usually recommended for serious alcoholics.
This kind of treatment gives triple care therapy to patients and includes medical care, social rehabilitation and psychotherapy. A lot of agencies all over the United States are providing care and treatment facilities for alcoholics on the basis of voluntary admissions.
These include state owned psychiatric hospitals and industrial organizations with special clinics for the sole purpose of treating alcoholics.
All these clinics and hospitals can do little tohelp an alcoholic completely recover from his illness unless he is willing to be cured.
An alcoholic should recognize his need for help and should be willing enough with total conviction and complete motivation to overcome his addiction. No hospitals or clinics, however technically advanced, can cure an alcoholic who defies treatment and refuses to accept his addiction. One of the biggest problems of treating alcoholism is the fact that only very few of these alcoholics have the true motivation for a long-term cure.
Many of them deny the fact that they are alcoholics. More significantly they refuse to recognize their inability to deal with the stresses of everyday living.
Help your friend or loved one recover from alcoholism; he or she needs your love and support. Help him get motivated and regain his life.
When a person has made the decision to stop drinking there are many places to find the help that is needed.
Some people decide to stop drinking on their own. This is a choice that can work well but many people need the assistance of a doctor, treatment program, or support group.
The first step is to accept the fact that there is a problem and that alcohol is affecting your life in ways that are not good.
It may be that you have been arrested for drinking and driving, that your relationships with family and friends are being affectd in a negative way or that your job or school performance is not what it should be because of alcohol.
This is not an easy step to take but the sooner you are able to do it, the sooner you will be on your way to recovery.
There are so many misconceptions about alcoholism and alcohol abuse. Some people still are under the misguided notion that alcohol problems are a sign of moral weakness. This is not true and this is an area where a trained health care provider will be able to help you.
Someone who is trained in this area will be able to give you a better understanding of alcohol-related diseases and problems.
Believing that alcoholism is because of the lack of willpower is the same thing as believing that a person who has asthma is sick because they lack willpower.
When you are ready to get help and stop drinking you will begin to see alcoholism as the disease that it is and you will also see that you are on your way to a life that includes a healthier way to live both emotionally and physically.
You can talk to a health care professional about the type of treatments that will be best for you.
The choices may differ depending on the seriousness of your drinking problem and the resources available where you live.
There may be the need for detoxification where you will slowly and safely get the alcohol out of your system. Sometimes medications will be prescribed that can help prevent a relapse once you have stopped drinking.
Group or individual therapy is often suggested and can be very helpful. Therapy is used to teach alcoholics to learn how to identify situations and feelings that may trigger the urge to drink.
Counseling can also help a person discover new ways to cope instead of drinking. Many of these treatments are on an out-patient basis.
Family support is an important part of recovery and you may want to find a program that offers family therapy or counseling for couples.
There are programs that network people with community resources as part of the treatment process. This can be beneficial if you need help with job training, childcare, legal representation or parenting classes.
Stop drinking and get the help you need. It’s out there and will give you the chance to change your life for the better.
Just a quick message to thank everyone for stopping by over the last year and reading our posts. Stop Drinking Advice would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
From a woman who was once an alcoholic…the sobering truth about drinking at Christmas:
The time is 8pm and I am standing in the middle of a crowded bar. A young man with a red sweaty face and pair of flashing antlers on his head is swaggering across the room.
‘Come on darlin’,’ he slurs, lurching towards me. Just as he tries to plant a slobbery wet kiss on my lips, he trips, knocks me over and is sick all over his designer suit.
Here we go again. As the Christmas party season gets under way a sort of national anarchy is sweeping across the country, taking over the erstwhile uptight Brits and turning them into drunken idiots.
I am always astounded by the effect a bit of yuletide spirit can have. As soon as the obligatory round of parties starts, instead of a few drinks to get merry, most people seem hell-bent on oblivion. And this is not young yobs I’m talking about, it is professional men and women in their 30s and 40s.
Why do otherwise sane individuals suddenly feel compelled to make such fools of themselves at office parties?
I don’t want to be a killjoy, but there is too much emphasis on booze during the party season. We never hear about the Italians mooning at passers-by, starting fights, or falling over total strangers as a yuletide ritual.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to end the tradition of drinking at this time of year. All the same, I think it’s getting out of hand.
Instead of alcohol being a pleasant facilitator, getting steaming drunk has become the sole reason to drink for millions. As far as I am concerned, the line between having a drink and binge drinking is crossed all too frequently.
And I should know. I am a former drunk myself – though I have not touched alcohol for 15 years.
As a young journalist, I would down a bottle of wine at lunch and often keep going on gin and tonics until I passed out at 3am in a club in the West End.
Dancing on tables at five in the morning was de rigueur, as was blacking out and waking up in a pool of vomit.
Yet – and here’s the rub – while heavy drinking at any other time of year took a heavy toll on my health and social life (I nearly lost all my friends), come December I was virtually lost to the world amid an avalanche of excess.
Psychologists call it legitimised deviancy, an unspoken rule that the normal laws of civility and morality are tossed aside at key points in the national calender.
We become a nation of pie-eyed workers, swaying down the street, swigging back wine from a bottle and urinating against the wall.
Though I may have been a statistical aberration when I was drinking – especially among young women – I would certainly not be now.
Not only do hospital casualty departments fill up at this time of year with people who have injured themselves after drinking too much, experts say that binge drinking by young people is contributing to an increase in deaths before middle age.
Our heavy drinking culture, which goes into overdrive at this time of year, is, according to some doctors, going to do more harm than smoking ever did.
Did you know that alcohol-fuelled deaths doubled in just over a decade before 2004, according to the Office for National Statistics? Or that the NHS has recorded a 37 per cent rise in deaths from alcoholic liver disease in the past five years alone?
The horrifying truth is that respectable businessmen, middle-aged women and just about everyone else suddenly feels they can drink to excess and everything is all right.
As a former drunk who is now sober, it is especially shocking and depressing for me because I know all too well how catastrophic the effects can be, not only physically but in the psychological fallout from casual sex.
When I was drinking, I woke up in bed with strange men and wondered how the hell I got there. And I still don’t want to think about the toll those years of alcohol abuse took on my body. Sometimes I think it’s a miracle I survived that time of my life at all.
That’s why I hate to see people – and especially women – drinking themselves senseless now. The plain truth is, we Brits cannot hold our liquor.
For instance, a recent evening out ended up with somebody I know getting into a fight, to protect my honour.
I was at a private club with some friends. A group of rowdy post-party revellers were in the middle of the room invading everyone else’s space.
Suddenly one of the men fell forward and knocked a bottle of red wine all over my dress and a pair of satin Prada shoes I had just bought.
Not only did he not apologise, when I insisted he pay for the dry-cleaning bill, he threw the rest of the wine in my face.
His friends thought it was hilarious, my gentleman companion had no option but to hit him and we just escaped a trip to the A&E. This is the worst part. Instead of the man being berated by his own pals for ruining my dress and my evening, I was given a hard time for making a fuss. It was me who was sober, and me who was berated for being a party pooper.
The truth of the matter is that most people drink, and the non-drinking brigade get a bad reputation.
It is not surprising, because when you are in the minority these days who don’t drink, you become unsettling to those who are knocking back the pink fizz.
I have lost count of the times I have been struck off people’s New Year’s Eve party list just because they can’t get their heads round the fact that I will be on the apple juice instead of the bubbly.
And those who do invite me spend the whole evening tutting as they pass me clutching a glass of water.
Still there is one recompense: come New Year’s Day, I will be one of the few people in this country without a hangover or a body covered in bruises. Perhaps sobriety is not such a big price to pay after all. Read More
Very disturbing facts but they are very true: 1 out of 3 traffic fatalities is alcohol-related
One of the problems with excessive drinking is the possibility of alcohol poisoning.
While there are people who think that a high school or college student who is stumbling around in a drunken stupor is funny, it may be a serious problem. Alcohol poisoning can be deadly.
There are many dangers that exist concerning alcohol poisoning. Tragedies happen because people do not know what to do in these situations or even the signs to look for.
Some people think that a person who has had too much to drink should just take a cold shower, drink some coffee or walk or sleep it off. None of these things work, the only thing that does work is time and a person who has alcohol poisoning may not have this luxury.
When a person drinks the alcohol depresses the nerves that control involuntary actions. These actions, like the gag reflex and breathing can be stopped if a person drinks too much.
Someone who has had too much to drink may vomit because the alcohol irritates the stomach. If that person chokes on the vomit they may die because they are not conscious. A person’s blood alcohol concentration may keep rising even after the person has passed out. This can also lead to death.
If you are in a situation where there is a possibility of someone having alcohol poisoning here are some critical signs to watch for:
Mental confusion, stupor, a person who can’t be roused, coma
Bluish skin color or paleness that can signify hypothermia
Any of these signs can mean that you need to take action. There have been many cases where people have waited too long to call 911 or have assumed that the person will be all right after they sleep it off.
All of the symptoms do not need to be present for there to be a serious and life threatening problem and any person who has passed out from drinking could die.
When a person has alcohol poisoning and does not get the treatment they need there are several things that can happen.
The person may experience slower breathing which can become irregular and then stop all together.
A person who has alcohol poisoning and goes untreated may choke on his own vomit.
Sometimes severe dehydration occurs and the person will have seizures, permanent brain damage or may die. If a person who has alcohol poisoning is not helped her heart may beat irregularly or stop beating.
Hypoglycemia, which is too little blood sugar can lead to seizures.
Alcohol poisoning is a serious situation and one that needs to be handled with care. Don’t assume a drinking buddy will be O.K. after he has stopped drinking and passed out. Know the signs and know what to do.
Just ask yourself these four quick questions.
1 – Is your drinking habit getting on your spouse’s nerves?
2 – Do you feel that your family is slowly drifting away from you?
3 – Is your life moving in a direction that you otherwise don’t want to go?
4 – Are you one of the millions of people suffering from alcoholism?
Often times it is difficult to accept the fact that one is already suffering from the symptoms of alcoholism.
Sometimes this starts out as light indulging with a group of friends. Sometimes work dictates the occasion of alcohol consumption, maybe a few shots of alcohol with important clients, but sometimes this innocent indulging can progress into chronic bouts of heavy alcohol drinking and before you can say no to another drink you are already deep into the habit.
An alcoholic can neither refrain from drinking nor control the amount of alcohol he consumes. Once the addiction has set in, physical and psychological dependency on alcohol are expected.
There is an estimated 5.6 million people in the United States alone that are alcoholics and about one fourth of them are suffering from serious complications.
There is a varying rate of alcoholism among populations from various geographical locations. The country with the highest incidence of alcoholism among its population is France followed by the United States, Switzerland and Sweden.
There is a lower incidence rate of alcoholism in rural areas compared with urban areas. Most of these alcoholics are found in homes, factories and offices and only very few of them are the "skid row" type of people.
Studies also show that most of these alcoholics are living with spouses in well-founded homes and have established jobs. A high percentage of people suffering from alcoholism hold jobs involving special responsibilities and or skills.
Economic factors greatly affect a person’s drinking patterns. High profiled businessmen drink at their exclusive men’s club. Suburban dwellers drink at home parties with friends, family and neighbors.
There are those who drink at local taverns. Even culture affects a person’s predisposition to alcoholism. Studies show that the Irish and the Poles are among the cultural group with the highest incidence rate of alcoholism in the United States.
The Italians, Greeks and Jews on the other hand show the least number of alcoholics despite their heavy alcohol consumption. People in specific work groups have also shown high incidences of alcoholism.
These include bartenders, night-club operators, liquor salesmen and seamen. The list of people who have been lured by alcohol can go on and every year the number is rising.
It is your responsibility to say no and not become part of the statistics. Personal discipline and awareness can be your guiding rule.
Countless homes and happy families have been ruined by irresponsible drinking. Alcoholism has taken so many successful careers, happy marriages and promising futures. Alcoholism at its worst has taken great many lives most often innocent ones.
If recently you feel that you or your loved one is drinking unusually heavy, don’t you think it is time to slow down or better yet stop? Try to assess your drinking habits or talk with a health professional. There is certainly more to life than just a bottle of vodka. By Michael Russell
Herb is the healing of a nation, alcohol is the destruction.
- Bob Marley