Alcoholism is not glamorous but it is dangerous

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Victoria Horsley

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The effects of alcohol that you may not know.

Alcohol is a drug, and very addictive. Some say that it is a disease and can be passed on generation after generation through heredity. Regardless, if alcohol is drank often and in excess, in time it can take control of your life. Alcohol not only effects your life but everyone that you are in contact with. It effects your family, your spouse, your children, your grandchildren. It effects everyone who loves or depends on you. It even effects your co-workers and it can cost you your career.

When we think of someone drinking alcohol in excess we usually think of someone stumbling, or acting silly but it is much more than that. Did you know that alcohol stays in your system for 24 hours? That means that if you drink every evening, you may be going to work intoxicated.

A person who is addicted to alcohol, loses control of reality. They will risk anyone or anything to have it.

Alcohol and the Brain:

Did you know that long term drinking can leave permanent damage, causing the brain to shrink and leading to deficiencies in the fibers that carry information between brain cells? Memory loss is often evident.

Wernicke encephalopathy and Korsakoff syndrome are different conditions. Both are due to brain damage caused by a lack of vitamin B1 (thiamine).

Lack of vitamin B1 is common in people with alcoholism. A brain MRI may show changes in the tissue of the brain.

Possible Complications

• Alcohol withdrawal

• Difficulty with personal or social interaction

• Financial difficulties

• One in three divorce petitions cite excessive drinking as a contributory factor

• Alcohol is also linked to domestic abuse

• Injury caused by falls

• Permanent loss of hearing

• Permanent loss of thinking skills alcoholic neuropathy

• Permanent loss of memory

• Nerve damage

• Weight gain

• Increased hair loss

• Liver damage

• Shortened life span


“Alcohol ruined me financially and morally, broke my heart and the hearts of too many others. Even though it did this to me and it almost killed me and I haven’t touched a drop of it in seventeen years, sometimes I wonder if I could get away with drinking some now. I totally subscribe to the notion that alcoholism is a mental illness because thinking like that is clearly insane.” ― Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

“A man who drinks too much on occasion is still the same man as he was sober. An alcoholic, a real alcoholic, is not the same man at all. You can’t predict anything about him for sure except that he will be someone you never met before.” ― Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

“Whether I or anyone else accepted the concept of alcoholism as a disease didn’t matter; what mattered was that when treated as a disease, those who suffered from it were most likely to recover.” ― Craig Ferguson, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot

“But there’s no joy at all, people say “Oh well he’s drunk and happy let him sleep it off”—The poor drunkard is *crying*—He’s crying for his mother and father and great brother and great friend, he’s crying for help. (p.111)” ― Jack Kerouac, Big Sur

If you have a drinking problem, seek medical advice. If your spouse, family member or friend is an alcoholic, remember that you cannot change that person. It has to be their decision to change. They will not listen to you. It is important for you to seek help for yourself. Counseling or a support group would be beneficial.

Upcoming Events in Union City Ind./Ohio:

Free meals, every Wednesday–11-12:30 pm. EUM Church on 177 Franklin Street, Union City, Ohio. Everyone is welcome. For further information call Dave Smith at 765-964-6855.

The Art Association of Randolph County - 60th Annual Art Show – Call for Entry Details 765-964-7227

April 1 -6 p.m. Rotary Club has “A Fine Italian Dinner” in the Community Room, 103 N. Columbia St., Union City, Ind. Eat in, no take out dinners. Tickets are $8 a person. Come join us for a good dinner and a nice time with friends and neighbors. If you are interested in tickets contact UC Rotary Club.

March 27 - April 17 - 2014 Arts Depot 60th Annual Exhibition - Regular Hours: Tues.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special Sunday Hours: 1 to 4 p.m.

April 3 - 7 to 9 p.m. - Coffee Shop Music with Kim & Reggie Harris - Ticket $10 in advance.

April 27, 1 to 3 p.m., Opening of the 41st Randolph County High School Show

June 20, 21 - Relay for Life of Randolph County Come join us in the fight against cancer! Union City Community High School, Union City Ind. For more information and to register, visit www.relayforlife.org/randolphcountyintoday

Victoria Horsley is a volunteer citizen columnist who serves Daily Advocate readers weekly with her community column Union City News Reel. She can be contacted with local events, news, birthdays or anniversaries at memawthree@woh.rr.com or by calling 937-467-3945. Viewpoints expressed in these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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