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          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.