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Knowledge is Power
Welcome - Introduction
FirstlyIfeelit’simportantthatIstaterightfromthestartthatthiswebsiteisfromapersonalperspectiveonly.Iam NOTmedicallyqualified,buthaveexperiencedfirst-hand,whatit’sliketogothroughtheseconditionsandhopefully I’llbeinapositiontoansweranynumberofworryingquestionsyoumayhave.Ihaveaddedvideostoafewofthe pages, these are best viewed on a full screen setting with the sound turned on. Thisisaboutunderstandingwhatit’sliketogothroughalcoholrelatedissues.Ipersonallyhatetheword‘Alcoholic’ asthiswordalonejuststigmatisesaperson.Sadlyanalcoholicislookeduponasbeinga“Downandout”,a“Drunk”, ora“wino”.(OurAmericancousinslovetolabelthingsandputthemneatlyintonicelittleboxes).Wemayhaveall experiencedsimilartraitsinourlives,buteachoneofusisunique.Apersonwhohasalcoholrelatedissuesmay 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 underthe right side of the rib cage.Theliverhasnopainreceptors!Duringtheearlystagesofliverdiseasesapatientusuallydoesnotfeelanything. Lateron,weaknessandgeneralfatigueoccur.Mostoftenthediseasemakesitselfknownbycomplications: yellowishskin,darkurine,lightfaeces.Especiallythreateningcomplicationsarethefluidintheabdominalcavityand bleeding from the digestive tract.IhavetoconfessthatIfindthisveryfrustrating,asIdoknowsomepeopleouttherewhododrinkfartoomuch,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
Ask 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 dowith 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 inparticular. While I don’t agree with their program. I have to respect a person’s freedom of choice, and fully understand that if a personfinds 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 peoplebelieve that warnings against binge drinking are warning against going on multiple day bout of intoxication, but that is notwhat binge drinking is all about.Binge drinking is drinking five or more drinks in any one drinking sessionfor men, or four or more drinks a day for women. It’s a Friday night culturemindset 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 bottleof 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 ona 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.