Yeah, here I am with another post about alcoholism.
Alcohol did me absolutely no good what so ever and this is the reason I am writing this post about
the low down dirty facts about alcoholism.
The low down dirty facts about alcoholism and what it did in my life
Basically folks, it almost ruined my life and I say almost because I was not about to let a drink kill me off, so I stopped.
I write about my experience with alcohol because I want to let people know about what it did to me, the losses I endured and still
do to this day.
I lost family over this drink, I lost jobs because of this drink, I lost my self esteem because of this drink. I could have even lost
my life it I continued down that “dark path”.
This article or post is not to tell you about my life story as it is more to inform you of some facts and statistics of what
alcohol does to ones body and how it can affect not only you but, many many others.
I did not take me long to come up with a title for this page as it just seemed to pop into my head.
I am hoping that if I can help one or more people to see that what they are putting in their bodies is just no good for them then,
I feel that I have helped or saved someone from the hell I endured towards the end of my drinking days.
Are you ready for some scary facts?
Here are a few that may just make you think twice about partying a little hard or getting in that vehicle when you think that you
are alright to drive…
Let’s start with some driving facts:
- One person is killed every half-hour due to drunk driving
- Every other minute a person is seriously injured in an alcohol related crash
- Each year approximately 16,000 are killed in alcohol related crashes
- Alcohol is a factor in almost half of all traffic fatalities
- Over 40% of fatal automobile accidents are alcohol-related
- Approximately 30% of Americans will be in an accident involving alcohol
- More than one-third of all fatal traffic accidents involve at least one person with a BAC over 0.08%
You still want to jump in that car and go for a ride?
Those are just the tip of the iceberg compared to what I found…
Now, I know I know…I, like many others have gone for that ride closing one eye just to think you’re seeing straight or opening that
window, cranking the tunes up or whatever “trick” you may think works but the facts remain as stated above.
Here, let me throw you a few more statistics about drinking and driving:
- You are more likely to be in a drinking and driving accident during the holidays. Drinking and driving accidents occur with more frequency during holidays due to ‘acceptable’ drinking at parties and family functions.
- Teenage drivers are at a higher risk to be involved in a drinking and driving accident.
- Young legal drinkers, ages 21 to 34, are responsible for more alcohol-related fatal crashes than any other age group.
- A person’s chances of being involved in a drunk driving accident increase dramatically after every two beers they drink.
And folks…that is only in automobiles. These statistics don’t even touch motorcycles, boats, planes, trains, bicycles or
Now, don’t get me wrong…I did drive while drunk and many times at that and this article is not to “put you down” it is just
the facts people, just the facts.
Now, drunk driving is only a part of what this evil drink can do to you, of course as there are so many others dangers in life
than driving while intoxicated.
Let’s see what it does to your body
Now, everyone knows about the headaches, the puking, the dizziness and all the other crazy stuff that happens but what
is it doing inside your body?
Well, here are a few long term effects of alcoholism:
- Chronic alcohol abuse
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Alcoholic liver disease
- Damage to the central nervous system
- Oropharyngeal cancer
- Esophageal cancer
- Neurological damage
- Cardiovascular disease
The list goes on and on and yes, I do know what all these are as I had to to research this article and none of them are any good.
There are the ones that not only hurt the physical body but more the mind instead like:
- Major depression
- Panic disorder
- Anxiety disorders
That is also to just name a few.
What does the CDC say about alcohol?
Here is where it get’s interesting to a point, the facts of alcohol straight from the CDC website (I’m not copying everything they
have, just a few things)…
And they are:
- There are approximately 88,000 deaths attributable to excessive alcohol use each year in the United States.
- In 2006, there were more than 1.2 million emergency room visits and 2.7 million physician office visits due to excessive drinking.
- Injuries, including traffic injuries, falls, drownings, burns, and unintentional firearm injuries.
- Violence, including intimate partner violence and child maltreatment.
- Risky sexual behaviors, including unprotected sex, sex with multiple partners, and increased risk of sexual assault.
- Miscarriage and stillbirth among pregnant women.
- Alcohol poisoning that can cause loss of consciousness, low blood pressure and body temperature, coma, respiratory depression, or death.
- Liver disease
- Alcoholic hepatitis
- Cirrhosis, which is among the 15 leading causes of all deaths in the United States.
- Worsening of liver function
- Dementia, stroke and neuropathy
- Cardiovascular problems, including myocardial infarction, cardiomyopathy, atrial fibrillation and hypertension.
- Cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, colon, and breast.
Well, you get the point.
A big thanks to all these sites that provided the valuable information about the effects of alcohol and alcoholism.
Time to dig a little deeper
Now, I am not going to mention any names but I have a personal story I would like to share…
One of my family members once had stated to me that what I did to myself was a choice and not a disease.
Yes, it was my choice to drink but what followed all those years of doing so, did something far worse.
I became addicted, dependent on what I thought was just an everyday thing.
Not knowing exactly what it was doing to my brain, the way I was thinking, my actions, just my very nature of waking up
in the morning and cracking open that beer just to stop the shakes. This became for me more of, well…a way to stop the effects
of what it was doing to me. Never knowing or at least thinking that if I just STOP!, then the madness would go away. Nope,
this was a disease as stated from the MAYO clinic,
Alcoholism is a chronic and often progressive disease that includes problems controlling your drinking, being preoccupied with alcohol, continuing to use alcohol even when it causes problems, having to drink more to get the same effect (physical dependence), or having withdrawal symptoms when you rapidly decrease or stop drinking. If you have alcoholism, you can’t consistently predict how much you’ll drink, how long you’ll drink, or what consequences will occur from your drinking.
It’s possible to have a problem with alcohol, even when it has not progressed to the point of alcoholism. Problem drinking means you drink too much at times, causing repeated problems in your life, although you’re not completely dependent on alcohol.
Now, I am not saying this excuses me from what I put my family, friends and even co-workers through but it does shed a little
light on what was happening to me.
And, I take full responsibility to what I did to myself and to others…
I’m just glad I did not end up a statistic like those I started this post with!
Here is the good news, last but not least…
It has been 2 years, 8 months and 13 days since my last drink and that in the eyes of AA, makes me qualified to discuss alcoholism.
I never did pick up my 1 year chip but I sure did start my journey with AA.
It took me 7 days of HELL, detoxing on my own and without the help of any medical staff (which I was told was dangerous).
Spent 2 days in REHAB after my detox but decided that I could do it without their help but it was a great start!!
I am one of those lucky few who have stayed sober all this time and plan to continue this way for the rest of my life!
Thank you for taking the time to read this.
I will end with this…
The serenity prayer
God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.