FIRSTLY,WHY DO WE DRINK EVEN DRINK ALCOHOL?
2. WHAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP DO YOU HAVE WITH ALCOHOL?
3. DO YOU LOVE THE HANGOVERS?
4. CAN YOU DETOX FOR A MONTH?
5. DOES YOUR DRINKING AFFECT YOUR FAMILY,FRIENDS AND YOUR PARTNER?
6. DO THEY COMPLAIN?
7. DO YOU AGREE YOU ARE AN ALCOHOLIC?
Before i decided to write this you should be aware that i promised to blog the truth and nothing but the truth,so i will answer these questions first.
1. I drink because i like the feeling. It is fun.
2. Me and my glass of liquor mixed with a favourite soft drink are like 2 best friends.
3. That's when i drink much and stupidly,my next day becomes useless so i don't like the headaches and alcohol stench.
4. Yes! Ofcourse i can go a year without a glass of wine. LIE DETECTOR: That answer is.......... FALSE.
5. NO it doesnt, #7 will answer this
6. NO! But a friend had given me a book on "Alcohol and relationships", i don't know what that was suppose to mean.
7. HELL NO! I am a very sensible drinker.
I also took time out to ask a few friends why they drink? I didn't tell them i was blogging on the topic so they would'nt hold back. The answers i got were so funny. One girlfriend said she drinks to get high(tipsy),do crazy stuff and blame it on the alcohol. A guy said alcohol boasts his ego. Another friend said it makes her feel good. John said it helps him get on with people when he's at work or social gathering. Most people drink to get away from their problems. People drink for different reasons but they are all nonsense,
I have a friend who wakes up with a hangover only to start drinking again,regardless of what he has to do that day. He will be like "oh man! my head hurts,i must have gone off my limits last night. Ah,Crap! i have to be at work in 30mins. i will just grab a beer and be on my way" that is a true alcoholic. Some hide their drinking from everyone while some might show their lack of restraint in drinking in public. Most of these alcoholics also abuse their spouses,children and friends physically,emotionally and/or sexually especially when they are drunk.... my friend confessed to me one day that her most disturbing feeling is that her father used to come back home drunk,sleep with her and wouldn't even remember doing it morning after,he acts normal and not guilty. I would never forget how fast my heart beat when i heard that,my imaginations ran through me being in her shoes.
Living with an alcoholic spouse,relative or friend can be a terrible ordeal. Alcohol alters the way a person reacts to every emotion,and action. If you are someone in such a state then i hope this article helps you.
Alcohol takes effect very quickly but takes much longer to wear off. It is easily absorbed into the blood stream and begins to affect the brain causing impairment.
10 minutes after an alcoholic drink is taken,50 percent of the alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream.
1 hour after the drink,all the alcohol has absorbed and this is accelerated further when drinking on an empty stomach and having many drinks after each other.
A few hours after drinking,there may be 2oomg/ml of alcohol in the blood and even after having slept over it,there's still about 130mg/ml of akcohol in the blood. Only 20 hours after the alcoholic drink has been consumed will all the alcohol be eliminated and it is impossible to speed up alcohol elimination. It simply takes time.
Alcohol sometimes makes us feel happy and relaxed but the long term effects are no good and not all pleasant. Alcohol only has this effect for a short while and often leaves people depresses and miserable later. Not only is thew health of the drinker spoiled but so are the lives of drinkers and their families too. Drinkers spend much more on alcohol than anything,depriving themselves and their families of things they really need. A drinkers' work,studies and reputation may all suffer as a result of alcohol and there are many people who have lost their jobs,families,and friends due to their drinking habits.
Alcohol makes some people fight and cause trouble and many crimes are drink related.
Almost one fifth of all road accidents are caused by drivers who have been drinking. Drinking and driving is dangerous and irresponsible so never mix the two but better still DON'T DRINK AT ALL.
Drinkers often feel sick the next day after drinking heavily and there is no cure for this. Hangovers are usually caused by the building up of substances in the body as well as by the way alcohol acts on the brain , this is caused by the irritating effect which alcohol has on the stomach lining.
The body dehydrates and the drinker feels sick. The best way to deal with hangovers is to never have them in the first place. If you never drink at all the you will never have to find out how it feels to have a hangover and feel sick.
As well as this alcohol effects the body in many other harmful ways too. The drinker may feel pleasant at first but will soon be harmed very seriously. This effects all levels of society as it a serious damaging disease that is hard to control and is therefore one of the worst health problems society faces.
The more often you drink the more the mind and body becomes used to having alcohol. People who drink regularly find that they need to drink more in order to get the effect that they want. There are many warning signs of a drinking problem.
Wanting a drink frequently
Drinking more than in the past
Behaving badly after a drink
Forgetting incidents that took place while under the influence of alcohol (blanks, blackouts)
Change of lifestyle due to drinking (truanting, becoming violent, doing things you would not normally do)
Alcohol harms certain parts of the body leading on to all the whole body on the following ways:
Liver - Alcohol passes through the blood in to the liver and is than changed into water and carbon dioxide.
This damages the liver as the liver cells are destroyed and replaced by fat. Cirrhosis a liver disease can be the result from this damage causing death.
Stomach - Alcoholic drinks cause the lining of the stomach to irritate leading to ulcers and eventually bleeding in the stomach. This can be very serious.
Brain - Doctors have now revealed that alcohol can damage the brain because alcoholic drinks affect memory and alcoholics may forget things very easily and stumble over words. Nerves may also be damaged very easily.
QUITTING DRINKING ALCOHOL
If you find it hard to stop drinking you have a drinking problem. It is like smoking as it is not at all hard to start but very difficult to give up.
Many drinkers feel they can't face life without drinking alcohol as the body becomes used to it and wants more. Alcoholics may therefore find it difficult to get back in to an ordinary life again and will often refuse to accept that they have a drinking problem. There are many ways in which you can give up drinking alcohol.
You can do it alone or with the help of others.
Start to control the amount of alcohol you drink daily - cut down a bit at a time if not altogether at once.
Make sure you have will power and the ability to control and force yourself away from alcohol.
Face the truth about your drinking habits and admit that you do have a problem and try to find out why you drink so that this can be sorted out and stopped.
Avoid alcoholic drinks by keeping away from bars, pubs and even friends who may be drinking.
Spend time doing other things like exercise or going out elsewhere to fill in the time in which you would normally be drinking.
In Any Case, Your GP will advise you professionally on giving up alcohol. There are various bodies - eg Alcoholics Anonymous who can advise and provide consultation and even help in giving up alcohol.
P/S-Thank you Jeff for giving me this topic as an assignment. Researching and composing it wasn't an easy job but guess what? I learnt a thousand things.