Just another one...
OK its time to talk. How many of you have a drink to cheer yourself up?? Just one leads to two then three... Yeah I ain't no saint either, but there is a different between a few pints and an alcohol problem
* Please note ALL names are pseudonyms!!!!
All my life I have grown up with alcohol and its causes and effects...
My step-dad sister Jess was a heavy drinker. In 12 hours she downed 12 bottles of vodka and injected herself with heroin, she was way off her head! The police couldn't section her because you can't section people under the influence. So they left her and with only £30 in her pocket off she when to the shop...
A close family member of mine Tina has a child and she drinks when no one is home and is left with the baby, it's sad to watch someone let themself fall so low but she refuses help. She says 'I'm fine' so all we can do is watch.
In small quantity alcohol makes the drinker relaxed and lowers their inhibitions. Then they feel more confident and act more extroverted. Alcohol can also make people more prone to aggression and be antisocial. If the drinker is feeling suicidal, they are more likely to attempt it (some of us know this to well). alcohol dependency accounts for some 1,500 to 1,800 hospital admissions per year in Wales. Alcohol plays a part in 50 or so suicides in Wales each year!
Short term problems:
- Physical injuries and risk taking
- Sexual risk taking
- Suicide and self injury
Long term problems
- Alcohol use disorders
- Other substance use disorders
- Depression and other mental disorders
- Social problems
- Physical health problems
I'm going through a rough time with a family member who has a drink problem, I have no advice unfortunately for you in my situation, but I do for an alcohol dependent person:
'Stop, look around and think what was your life before alcohol? What has your life become? Are you happy? I wish I could understand your pain. Why you are driven to drink? But for me open your eyes and look at the family YOUR family what would you do with out them? Are they happy with you drinking all the time? Its not them who has the problem even though it seems like it. They are scared, very scared that you will end up hurting yourself. They just want to help but you won't let them in. But the truth is you must admit YOUR problem before anyone can help you'
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