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    Hope this helps someone...

    Hi, all. Thought I'd give an overview of alcohol and alcoholism - although I'm sure we're all very familiar with the terms. It helps to see it in black-and-white sometimes.

    If anyone wishes to discuss any aspect of this conversation, please let me know.

    The overall short-term effects of drinking alcohol are highly dependent on dosage, with higher doses increasing the occurrence of negative side-effects. Light to moderate drinking causes:
    • euphoria
    • increased self-confidence
    • willingness to socialize
    • inhibited judgement
    • sedation
    • analgesia
    • impaired concentration/memory
    • delayed reactions
    • blurred vision
    • difficulty balancing
    • excessive urination


    Progressively higher doses increase many of these effects and can cause:
    • slurred speech
    • mood swings
    • dizziness
    • double-vision
    • nausea
    • vomiting
    • decreased heart rate
    • urinary incontinence
    • amnesia
    • respiratory depression


    Dangerously high doses can cause unconsciousness, coma and even death.

    Long-term effects of alcohol use include habituation, dependence and addiction as well as liver disease, cancer and heart disease. Occasional mild use of alcohol is believed to help prevent cardiovascular disease.

    Alcoholism can be passed on through genes and therefore people whose family tree has had a lot of alcoholics are at higher risk for alcoholism as well as a higher natural tolerance to the effects of alcohol intoxication.

    Alcohol users experience most euphoria at low doses, at medium doses euphoria becomes confusion, and at heavy doses a user reports to feel sick.

    After 300ml of 40% alcohol containing beverages hangover is always present. This always causes BAC to be a little bit above legal driving limit. After binging on Alcohol, hangover sometimes lasts up to 2 days.



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    Alcohol poisoning is a risk when consuming large amounts of alcohol in one sitting, it is particularly associated with binge drinking. The signs are:
    • Confusion
    • Loss of coordination
    • Vomiting
    • Seizures
    • Irregular or slow breathing (less than eight breaths a minute)
    • Blue-tinged or pale skin
    • Low body temperature - hypothermia
    • Stupor (being conscious but unresponsive)
    • Unconsciousness (passing out)
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    Oh that brings back so many awful memories!

    If you're dealing with stuff and are having trouble coping, PLEASE call someone. Or pm me. Do whatever it takes to get your mind active doing something else, so your hand doesn't reach for that bottle!

    There IS hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel.

    Surround yourself with people who understand, and can support you without giving in to their own demons.

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    Your body takes roughly an hour to process 1 unit of alcohol. Guidelines in the US suggest "safe" daily amounts for alcohol are 2-3 units for women (equivalent to a 175ml wine glass) and 3-4 units for men (equivalent to a pint and a half of beer). The National Health Service (NHS) explain binge drinking as anything over 8 units of alcohol for men– or about three pints of strong beer. For women, it’s drinking more than 6 units of alcohol, equivalent to two large glasses of wine. There have been studies to show that drinking a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time may be significantly worse for your health than frequently drinking small quantities. So drinking occasionally but heavily isn't any better for you. Most importantly guidelines state you need at least 2 days without any alcohol to let your body recover.

    Some tips to reduce your alcohol use are:

    • Drink spacers (non- alcoholic drink in between drinks), a non-carbonated drink is generally best as fizzy drinks can help you absorb alcohol more quickly.
    • Avoid getting into rounds in clubs, this generally encourages you to drink more to keep up with peers
    • Drink bottles of beer, half pints or shandy rather than pints also consider low strength beer
    • If you drink spirits-try and pour your own drink if you're drinking in the house and measure it out so you can keep track (use a shot glass/egg cup/lid to measure)
    • Eat well before you go out and have snacks as that generally helps slow down alcohol consumption. Be careful with very salty foods as this tends to make you thirsty.
    • Avoid mixing drinks, most people tend to find consuming lots of different types of drinks can make them more likely to feel rough. You are perhaps more likely to drink more alcohol than you intend if you are mixing. For example if you have 10 beers, you will probably notice a lot more how much you have had than if you have a few beers, a couple of shots, then some spirits with mixer
    • Take out a set amount of money with you and leave your bank card at home.
    • Alcohol withdrawal causes hallucination, delirium and paranoia in alcoholics. It is very dangerous to quit cold turkey, if this is the case. It's a medical emergency and you should call 911



    Thanks for reading. Care to comment?


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    If you've watched a loved one go through this, how has their behavior impacted you? I felt a lot of anger and frustration in addition to fear and some shame. One day, I found a program after spending my day at church thinking about how I needed to let go of my loved one’s behavior. But I didn't quite know what that means. My admission that I was powerless to make my loved one change came as a real revelation.

    That's all history now. I'm so thankful to have survived all the turmoil.


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    As a recovered alcoholic, the most difficult endeavour is to forgive myself for the harm I had caused to those who love me. Scroll II assists me on a daily basis to love everyone which in turn teaches me to love myself. This Scroll also teaches me to find the good in everyone and accept people where they are, and in turn, learn to accept myself.
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    OOPS, I thought I put the video in the post...my apologies! The SCROLL I'm talking about is here... From Og Mandino... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC7NWlyDRkE
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    OMG, I CANNOT BELIEVE WHAT I SEE HERE!

    Og Mandino saved my life! I have my favorite parts memorized.. Go to youtube and watch hiv videos to SUCCEED ANAINST YOUR DEMONS!

    I was not delivered unto this world in defeat, nor does failure course in my veins. I am not a sheep waiting to be prodded by my shepherd. I am a lion and I refuse to talk, to walk, to sleep with the sheep. I will hear not those who weep and complain, for their disease is contagious. Let them join the sheep. The slaughterhouse of failure is not my
    destiny.


    So long as there is breath in me, that long will
    I persist. For now I know one of the greatest prin-
    ciples of success; if I persist long enough I will win.


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    Not sure if you mentioned this, Tacey, but below is some great links to research...

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

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twelve-step_program#Twelve_Steps

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