Thursday, 27 December 2007

Alcoholism Death

Every time my partner binge drinks I think this could be the time when she becomes another alcoholism death statistic.

She nearly always (90% of the time) has to go to hospital after a binge. This is because she consumes about 8 bottles of neat Vodka and some other bits a pieces (what ever is to hand) over the period of the binge (3-10 days). This amount of neat spirit damages the body in these areas:
  • Brain
  • Pancreas
  • Liver
  • Kidney for her
  • Teeth (making yourself sick a lot)
  • Mouth
  • Throat
  • The body generally is weakened
For her the main problem is not the liver. Binge drinking it seems allows the liver time to recover in between binges. It is only when you are pickled in alcohol for a very long time that you suffer liver damage.

However, my partner does suffer from pancreatitis, which is a potential killer and on several occasions she has been in a critical condition. She has other problems to but more about that later.

Whenever she goes to hospital they keep her in for longer than I would expect as I know that if she had taken an anti-sickness pill (to stop her making herself sick) and a Valium (to chill her out) she could wind down from a binge on her own, although it is a bit traumatic.

She suffers hyperventilation due to acute anxiety when she comes off the booze. Valium (Diazepam) is essential to see her through that time. She'll need about 4-5 over 2 days. And the anti-sickness pills are Motilium (but she has others as well - only she can never find them when she needs them).

This time she is in for about 5 days so all in all the binge cost about 12 days. It can be 4 weeks when everything is taken into account. She's just telephoned me from hospital (about3 hours ago) and wanted a chat. Frankly I was and am still too mad and upset to chat and I told her.

The hospital are doing checks (blood tests) for some reason.

Hospital photo repro'd under creative commons copyright Julie70

More to come......

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I'd like to hear the experiences of both alcoholics and the victims of alcoholics, please.