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The Allen Enterprise Project
Alcohol-related Liver Disease
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Welcome - Introduction

Firstly, I feel it’s important that I state right from the start that this website is from a personal perspective only. I am NOT medically qualified, but have experienced first-hand, what it’s like to go through these conditions and hopefully I’ll be in a position to answer any number of worrying questions you may have. I have added videos to a few of the pages, these are best viewed on a full screen setting with the sound turned on. T his is about understanding what it’s like to go through alcohol related issues. I personally hate the word ‘Alcoholic’ as this word alone just stigmatises a person. Sadly an alcoholic is looked upon as being a “Down and out”, a “Drunk”, or a “wino”. (Our American cousins love to label things and put them neatly into nice little boxes). We may have all experienced similar traits in our lives, but each one of us is unique. A person who has alcohol related issues may well be wrongly labelled an alcoholic. When in fact that is not the case.

Some Interesting Facts

The liver passes around 2000 litres of blood and filters it 350 times per day. The liver has a unique capability to restore itself after an inflammation, trauma, poisoning or other stress. 30–50 percent of liver diseases are caused by alcohol. The liver is the largest digestion gland and the largest internal organ occupying almost the entire cavity under the right side of the rib cage. The liver has no pain receptors! During the early stages of liver diseases a patient usually does not feel anything. Later on, weakness and general fatigue occur. Most often the disease makes itself known by complications: yellowish skin, dark urine, light faeces. Especially threatening complications are the fluid in the abdominal cavity and bleeding from the digestive tract. I have to confess that I find this very frustrating, as I do know some people out there who do drink far too much, but I just can’t reach out to them, “Oh I’m fine, there’s nothing wrong with my liver”. If only they knew.

Understanding the Alcohol Mindset

A sk any person with an addiction problem whether it be drugs or alcohol, and they’ll tell you that alcohol is the hardest addiction to give up. But you are NOT powerless, it just takes support and a willingness to succeed. It has nothing to do with religion, it’s about willpower and determination. There are a number of support groups out there, and some of you may have picked up by my tone, which one I’m referring to in particular. While I don’t agree with their program. I have to respect a person’s freedom of choice, and fully understand that if a person finds this approach helpful, then that can only be a good thing. If on the other hand you are put off by this approach, don’t give up, there are other options available out there. Another thing I want to try and get across out there, is the definition of two widely used words these days called, “Binge Drinking”, and an alcohol “Bender”. Sometimes the term "binge drinking" is confused with "bender". Some people believe that warnings against binge drinking are warning against going on multiple day bout of intoxication, but that is not what binge drinking is all about. Binge drinking is drinking five or more drinks in any one drinking session for men, or four or more drinks a day for women. It’s a Friday night culture mindset thing, that takes place in nearly every town and city in the country, I’m going out tonight and I’m going to get totally off my face” , or “ I’m getting completely bladdered tonight” . Harmful drinking can occur long before it reaches the level of a bender. While going on a bender might be considered self-destructive behaviour, simply drinking five beers or a bottle of wine in one day is considered hazardous drinking. An alcohol bender is a multiple-day drinking spree during which the person does not eat and gets very little sleep. If you're on a bender, you might pass out for a short time, wake up and start drinking again. A bender does not refer to one evening of intoxication. It refers to a drinking spree that is extended over a period of at least two or more days.