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25 March 2010 :: 15:03:56 pm 16536

Go Mad – Drown Your Sorrows & Drink Yourselves To Death

Liver disease is one of the most common ways of dying through excessive drinking. While we know that this is not the only fatal cause of death associated with drinking, it is one of the most prevalent, especially for those who have been drinking over a long period of time. Alcoholism effects on the body organs can be pervasive, especially the liver which is subjected to major damage.
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As the frequency and amount of alcohol increases, signs of alcohol abuse and dependency become evident, physical and mental health progressively deteriorate with individuals jeopardizing family and work responsibilities.

The early stages of alcoholism begin when individuals start relying on alcohol to escape from their problems and lift their mood. They begin thinking about their next drink and where it will come from.

The body’s tolerance increases as it adapts to greater amounts of alcohol, At this stage, the drinker is often able to function without appearing drunk so it may not be apparent to those around him or her that a drinking problem exists.

Middle-stage alcoholism is the next stage of the disease when the phenomenon known as physiological addiction, begins to kick in, where the more you drink, the more alcohol you need for it to take effect. Thus the increasing need for alcohol often means starting drinking early in the day and going on well into the night.

At this time the individual is losing control over his or her drinking and the body is no longer able to process the alcohol in the same way it did in the earlier stages.

Relationships at home and work eventually break down. Finances become a problem with debts mounting up and, at this point, the drinker may outwardly deny having a drink-problem while it is increasingly apparent to their family, friends and co- workers.

End-Stage Alcoholism is the final straw, so to speak. As the disease has advanced through the stages of alcoholism, the alcoholic becomes obsessed with drinking to the exclusion of everything else, particularly food. Hangovers, blackouts, stomach and other health-related problems are regular occurrences. The drinker’s physical and mental health takes a dive as the body’s organs become increasingly damaged.

The drinker develops malnutrition and the large amount of alcohol interferes with the digestive process and inhibits the passage of nutrients into the blood stream.

Making the problem worse, the damaged liver prevents nutrients being converted into a usable form that the body can use. At this time, physical health is quite poor as the drinker reaches the end of the alcoholism stages.

If the alcoholic does not seek help and continues to drink, the disease will be fatal. Whether from direct damage to the body’s organs, accidents or related injuries, death will be the final outcome.

Understanding the warning signs can help to prevent the disease from progressing through the three stages. Alcoholism is a disease and the risk of developing it is influenced by a person’s genetic inheritance – the so-call alcohol gene – and lifestyle as research shows developing alcoholism does indeed run in families though this does not mean that a child of an alcoholic parent will automatically become an alcoholic, remember, risk is not destiny.

Alcoholism can be treated with treatment programs using both counseling and medication to help a person stop drinking. Treatment has helped many people rebuild their lives.

Reporter : Sirithanon   Photo : Internet   Category : Health

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