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Posted by Keith on October 14, 2000 at 18:31:59:

In Reply to: Very Serious Question: Please Reply! posted by Kurk on October 14, 2000 at 13:37:05:

: Hi- I drank too much @ a party last night- i am a male of about 145-150 pounds and i drank about 1/2 a large water bottle of 40-proof alcohol. It's a day later and I'm still feeling dizzy, and have this weird warm felling in my chest which I have never had before. Is this a normal day-after hangover thing, or did i really make stupid decisions and could harmed me permanitly?? Do i need to go to a hospital or posion control center?? PLEASE REPLY!! Could drinking like this cause brain damage?? Could i becoem stupid or something from drinking way too much? Please help- I'm kinda panicing! Thank you!


Kurk

The fact that you are still conscious (and alive)is good. You'll probably get better on your own given enough time. However, none of us on this board can see how bad you are, so if you are really worried, going to the casualty dept at the local hospital will certainly do no harm.

You have abused (poisoned) your body badly and it is trying to heal itself. Any more binges like this and you will DEFINITELY cause permanent damage. Your liver, which is a very very important vital organ, will suffer especially badly with repeated abuse.

Paracetamol in large doses at once can also damage your liver, so go easy on the pain killers and don't exceed the dose.

Consuming alcohol to excess is not smart. It has to be the easiest thing you can do after breathing, all you do is open your mouth and swallow, nothing to it really.

The difficulty is being able to resist the peer pressure to consume more and more. Being forced or pressured into drinking too much is always at your expense. Everyone else has a laugh on you, they go home alright, you are left holding the baby, and to make matters worse they don't even appreciate what you've suffered for their amusement. Once you've paased out they will move on to a more lively and interesting candidate.

The problem with alcohol is that there is a bit of a time delay before you feel the bad effects. If you don't stop before then, it's usualy too late and you will always regret it. It comes down to pacing yourself. Work out how much alcohol you feel comfortable with and don't ever exceed your quota. That will ensure a life of enjoyable and sociable drinking for you.

Pacing is difficult to do when you and everyone else are enjoying themselves. I once had a friend who was always the life and soul of the party, hugely popular and always wanting people to get drunk. I was amazed at how much alcohol he could consume. He would down beers whenever called upon.

Then I watched him closely one night, the only alcohol he drank was the beers that he was given to down. For the rest of the night he nursed one or two beers which must have been flat or half filled with water. In total he probably drank about 4 or 5 beers maximum.

Try that approach in future, but you have to be careful that you are not caught out. Drink out of cans so that nobody can see how much you have.

Stay off the hard tack. Stick to beer as it diluted alcohol will usually fill you up so that you can upthrow before you poison yourself too badly.

Best bit of advice. Drink lots and lots of water before, while, and after you drink. Alcohol dehydrates the body and that's usually what makes you feel so bad the next day.

So go now and drink water and try to flush the poison out of your body.

Hope you feel better.

Cheers (no pun intended)



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