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Old 09-07-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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Toying with alcoholism. Health risks/dangers?

I started drinking regularly about 1-2 years ago, and now it's pretty much part of my nightly routine. This has included nights where I had college the next day, work the next day, or whatever, and drinking has never affected either of these (I graduated since, I'm 24 now). Besides that, I don't do any drugs or anything. My friends don't really drink that much, so in contrast they'll joke about me being an alcoholic, even though I've known real alcoholics who drink from morning to night every day. I'm not annoying or loud when I drink, I don't do it to suppress my problems, and I always wait til around 8 pm to start. I have about 2-4 mixed drinks (which might equal out to a 6-pack) 4-5 nights out of the week. I usually take a few days off when my body feels screwed up or sore, lol. Sometimes I'll wake up with brief stomach pains, and go back to sleep in 20 mins.

I like it because it clears my mind -- I meditate, and for some reason I can do this much more effectively when I'm hung over, lol. Throughout nutrition classes and books I've read, I've heard: having 1-2 drinks a day is usually healthy (there are some parameters), your liver is a very resilient organ capable of making a full recovery if you don't drink every night (hmm? but I do...), but then I'm scared by people who say that I'll get sclerosis of the liver, etc.

I've read things like "signs of alcoholism," and some are just really bizarre and do not match what I do (such as: hiding beer in random places, I just think of that Simpsons episode where Homer hides beer in the toilet, etc.); or stuff like drinking in the morning, which I've never done. I'm starting to go bald a little, I'm not sure if that's from drinking or stressing out during college or whatever. I'm getting a very small beer belly, besides that I'm tall and thin, and I eat very healthy foods. In terms of either personal health or addiction, can someone tell me if I'm heading down the wrong path? Or am I just a crazy character.... Thanks!

 
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Old 09-07-2007, 01:25 PM   #2
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Re: Toying with alcoholism. Health risks/dangers?

Steve,

Well, if you are writing on this board, then it seems that your
gut must be telling you there is a problem....The good news is,
you are young, relatively healthy, and as of now, aware. Do aomething
about this before it progresses. I know that is probably not what you
want to hear, but lets see if others on this board agree.

Everyone here has had similar - or far worse - issues, so there is no
need to feel embarressed or ashamed. Talk to "us" honestly,
and there is always someone willing to help.

Was anyone in your family and alcoholic?

Keep us posted, and good luck to you! Nolachica

 
Old 09-07-2007, 01:52 PM   #3
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Re: Toying with alcoholism. Health risks/dangers?

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Originally Posted by nolachica View Post
Steve,

Well, if you are writing on this board, then it seems that your
gut must be telling you there is a problem....The good news is,
you are young, relatively healthy, and as of now, aware. Do aomething
about this before it progresses. I know that is probably not what you
want to hear, but lets see if others on this board agree.

Everyone here has had similar - or far worse - issues, so there is no
need to feel embarressed or ashamed. Talk to "us" honestly,
and there is always someone willing to help.

Was anyone in your family and alcoholic?

Keep us posted, and good luck to you! Nolachica
Apparently my grandmother on my mother's side drinks alot. My mother doesn't drink and my father does a little bit. You're right when you said I'd find it hard to believe, because I do. It just seems too simple to me that it's either "alcoholic" or not. I find my mind tangled up in ridiculous things often (I think way too much), and drinking helps me clear it, it seems. But maybe time will tell. Thanks for the reply.

 
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