From the article: More Health Dangers for Heavy Drinkers Found
Excessive alcohol consumption over a period of time can begin to affect almost every system in the body, especially the liver, brain and digestive track. Has your health been affected by drinking alcohol? Post Your Answer
Regaining control over my life
- I am 39 and want to start to feel alive. I have been drinking for 15 years and it has caused nothing but chaos in my life. I come from a family of alcoholics. I drink 2 times in a month 3-4 days at a time. I just want to vent . I know in theory what needs to be done to stop..... Problem is I have a hard time staying the course. If i don't stop I will be dead in a year . My 5 year old son win not be impressed .
- —Guest Paul
The mental/emotional effects.
- I started drinking daily after a hard break-up and it only escalated from there. My main concerns were its affect on my appearance, (weight mainly; but also chubby cheeks and baggy eyes). I lived with it and have deluded myself into thinking alcohol was helping me. 3 years later i'm depressed, have a noticeable decline in cognitive abilities, and suffer from severe depersonalization disorder-- look it up, it sucks. Im 24 now and every attempt to sober up is accompanied by Delerium Tremens and unbearable anxiety. Social drinking is impossible, it leads to a blackout 90% of the time. Hopefully the hell I've been living will help dissuade people from the path of drug abuse.
- —Guest Adam
- For those who seem to imply that an addict chooses his/her "poison" over family, children, career, or even his/her personal health, consider this. I have said this many times to my current significant other. It is not, and has never been, an either/or proposition. We are not "choosing" it instead of whomever or whatever. We are expecting to be able to do both, like we always have. Even if we are told that if we don't stop, we will lose whomever/whatever, we still delude ourselves into thinking we can get better at hiding it. We can manage it. It is a delusion that is further encouraged by the effects of the poison. Alcohol, in particular, makes me feel invincible. "I got this." The effects aren't even ALL bad. Sometimes, under the influence, I have made stunning realizations that stuck with me even after I sobered up. Not to say that makes it a good thing. Just adding a little perspective.
- —Guest whatsitgonnatake?
What's it gonna take?
- I'm 48 and I've been at this for over 1/4 century now. I drink about a fifth of straight vodka/day. Up until about 10 years ago, it was mostly beer, but many many gallons of beer. The cost and the volume just became impractical so I switched to vodka. Since it's easier to mask the smell, that seemed the obvious choice. I am "functional." I hold down a job and meet my obligations, mostly because I'm what a fellow alcoholic called a "slow IV-drip alcoholic." I don't get hammered because I hate that feeling, but I drink all day, everyday, and in the middle of the night if I wake up. When I quit, the agony of withdrawal is overwhelming, so I go back to it. I have quit from time to time - for 2 years once - but mostly only 2 or 3 months if that long. I've been very fortunate to not have liver problems, but I do have high blood pressure and digestive issues. I don't wanna die a horrible death from this, but sometime it feels like the only way out.
- —Guest whatsitgonnatake?
Husband so ill
- He vomited a lot into the garbage can earlier while I was washing baby bottles. Our first born is two months old btw. After puking he blew his nose, noticed blood. His eyes are yellow, he's been hospitalized before. He's a violent drunk. Do not marry a heavy drinker or alcoholic! I pray God will deliver all affected by this poison.
- —Guest Alice
- I drink too much. Don't know how I'm alive. I think I want to die. I'm not sure. I drink 1-1/2 a 5th a day all the time. I can't keep a job been through 20 in two years. Can I just die? I'm done with life lets get on with it! We're going to die sometime right. Why not now.
- —Guest Teddelacyholt
Sooner or later
- I spent 30 years give or take drinking. it killed the pain.All the people in my career field drink heavily. hurt my leg real bad went to hospital.admitted. then ICU. blood transfusion. eyes yellow. tired.retaining water. food tastes terrible. 1 year ago I weighed 205 now 165. no insurance. quit smoking 10yrs ago. never took drugs,not even aspirin. I always said it was bad for the liver. just drank. I quit drinking a few months ago. Always said I didn't care wanted to drink myself to death. Found out lately it is a terrible way to die. no job no insurance no money no family no friends.So it looks as though I am going to accomplish my said goal. I just turned 47.
- —Guest workless1
- I feel awful every morning, well I guess the afternoon really. I drink to hide a whole lot of pain. Antidepressants/alcohol? You choose! Anxiety meds/alcohol ? You choose! These were my choices and I chose one devil over the other. So hard now cause I can feel my life going nowhere real fast. Not only that, I don't feel good anymore-the few days I wake without drinking, I feel okay, not good. Have list all energy, I don't understand it and positive loved ones find it difficult to understand me. Hiding from a lot of pain, if I had to face I probably would not be here today.
- —Guest Idrinktwo
Drinking every weekend
- I have been drinking every weekend since I was in my mid teens. I am thirty one now and have two small children. I drank excessively on Saturday and passed out. I was sick as a dog all day on Sunday throwing up bile. It is Monday and my liver hurts. I ate a turkey sandwich for lunch and have been sick to my stomach all day. I believe I have ulcers from all the years of weekend binging. This has really put a scare into me and I have been thinking all day about my wife and my children. I want to be there for them and not in a drunken stupor. This new years eve will be my first sober one since I started drinking. I plan on living a much healthier lifestyle from here on out and drinking is not part of what I see in my future. Hopefully I haven't done excessive damage to my liver.
- —Guest joe
- I was 20 met an awesome guy! we both drank socially and holding down jobs wasnt a problem. We soon found out baby #1 was coming, I gave up alcohol, he hid it. He still only drank a few times a month with sporadic occasions happening from time to time. 6 yrs into our relationship his grandma dies and he picked up the bottle to hide the pain of losing gma. Our daughter was 5. She was our only. Three yrs later our boy came. He is now 3 1/2, hasnt seen "dad" in 3 years. Our daughter, now 12, got to see him a few months ago when he called swearing that he was dying in 2 weeks and his dying wish...to see her. Tore her up, it has affected EVERYONE around him. He lies, cheats, steals, does whatever it takes to have his bottle. I couldnt take it anymore. I couldnt sit around and watch him kill himself and possibly one or both of my children as he would continually drive drunk with them in the car. Alcohol ruined his life and devasted mine. Needless to say he misses birthdays and holidays still!
- —Guest TheEX
- My boyfriend drinks constantly. Even when he's at work he'll sneak out to his car and throws back probably a six pack on his lunch break. Only time he's not drinking is when he's sleeping. We have a child together so you'd think he'd want to live to see our baby grow up.he never used to be this way. I'm just so sick of watching him slowly kill himself. My dad was a heavy drinker. He died from it. Tired of talking. Tired of crying. God help me deal with this.
- —Guest just me
Not who I thought I'd be
- I am 30 years old, corporate marketing professional, married with a (fur) baby. I "have it all", but I'm a miserable pathetic alcoholic. I drink a pint of vodka every day mixed with Gatorade. and hide it from absolutely everybody. My liver is failing, my looks are definitely suffering. I don't sleep, eat well or exercise. I hate everything about alcohol but I can't stay away from it. And withdrawals when you do try to quit? That's a new circle of hell I didn't think I'd see. Basically, I never thought I'd get here. I "shouldn't" be here . But...I am. To those on here struggling - good luck. To those struggling with loved ones with this disease - please know that we don't want to hurt you and would so much rather hurt ourselves. It's just a nasty cycle.
- —Guest Amy
I became the mom
- My mom at a young age chose drinking over everything else. She was a "social" drinker. I'm not sure when the roles switched but I ended up taking care of her. I think it was in-patient psych ward and she was calling to find her lost shoe. Aha I could be the hero and have a mom. I took care of her emotionally for almost 45 years. After a series of traumas, I couldn't do it any more. She mom is blocked from my life because of all th hurt she causes. She had a bad heart condition and a bad liver condition.
- —Guest Islandgir2
The effects of being a alcoholic
- I have drunk nearly everyday over 20 years now the effects are that if I have to much my body rejects everything I try to put on my mouth and I am constantly sick but nothing coming out because not eating toilet all the time but the same it's like I am dieing from the inside.
- —Guest Tel
- I have been drinking pretty much every weekend since I turned 18. I am now 31. I asked my company for help in June and they sent me for treatment. I was there for 6 weeks and came out like I was invincible. I had no urges to drink until the weekends started getting lonely and boring. I went out 2 days ago to my friends pub, I had 4 drinks and was really drunk. Then I took off to a friends and drank sooo much, I have been sick for 2 days! I probably could of died. I am now on day 2 of missing work, but I see the importance of AA meetings. I never want to feel like this ever again. I am going to treasure my sobriety from here on out! Find sober friends, go enjoy life.
- —Guest LP
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