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#1 Old 12-18-2005, 12:41 AM
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I keep drinking and I'm not sure why. Not a lot, but a little bit is enough for me to get tipsy. And it's like at any hour, including the morning. It's not in excess. But, I am just curious as to how harmful alcohol is to the body? I don't drink a lot and I'm going to stop after my liquor is gone. But, should I be worrying about my liver? I am 19 and only started drinking in the last month.
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#2 Old 12-18-2005, 01:08 AM
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Are you trying to escape something? Is everything okay?



Alcoholic liver disease



Alcoholic liver disease is a common form of liver disease in the United States. People get alcoholic liver disease by drinking large amounts of alcohol for many years. It doesn't matter whether the alcohol comes from hard liquor, beer, or wine. Any type of alcohol can cause liver damage.



One unit of an alcoholic beverage contains 10 grams of alcohol. A unit is roughly equivalent to:



one 12-ounce bottle of beer (5% alcohol)



one 4-ounce glass of wine (12% alcohol)



one 1-ounce shot of hard liquor (40% alcohol)





So how much alcohol is too much? It depends on whether you're a man or a woman. Studies have shown that women experience liver disease at lower levels of alcohol intake than men.



Many liver specialists would agree that liver disease is likely at these levels:



For women: 4 or more units of alcohol daily for at least a year



For men: 6 or more units of alcohol daily for at least a year





Some people will experience liver damage even if they drink much less. The good news is that the livers of heavy drinkers can improve if they stop drinking entirely.



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So according to that, I don't see irrepairable damage happening to your liver right now. There may be damage to other areas of your life though. You don't want to show up at work with alcohol on your breath. Is there anyone at your house that you can confide in / talk to? Something must be bothering you. It will pass. You will get through it. Let me know if there's anything I can do.
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Getting tipsy in the morning sounds like a problem.
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#4 Old 12-18-2005, 07:37 AM
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are you drinking because you are unhappy? i don't think that this sounds at all good, maybe you should talk to a counselor or a trusted friend to see what is really wrong and what is causing you to drink.
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#5 Old 12-18-2005, 09:59 AM
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Yea it all comes down to why you are drinking.



If you are having one beer or so with some friends, thatisn't anything really to worry about, but if you wake up and want to drink because you wish to forget...



That isn't good.



When I had my problems with this, I would wake up a want to drink until I fall asleep, then wake up again with the same mentality. It was a process that never ended for the want to completely forget about my troubles.



Why do you want to drink?
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#6 Old 12-18-2005, 10:19 AM
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Alcoholism is a very scary thing. If I found myself drinking everyday and not knowing why, I'd stop right then and there. I see my father progess, first he started with a few beers every night, then it was more, and more, and then he was drinking and drunk around the clock.
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Here are some questions? Don’t feel like you have to post your answers.



By posting it sounds like you think there might be a problem.

Do you feel like your drinking is a problem?

It sounds like you have decided to quit what has made you decide to (if in deed you did)?

Have friends or family expressed concern?

Are you spending more time drinking and less on other non-drinking related activates?

Have you had any problems as a result of your drinking (DUIs, family conflict, job loss, legal problems i.e. underage drinking )?

Has your drinking interfered with your ability to perform school, work, or social functions?



Answering yes to these questions can indicate that there is a problem or that your drinking is becoming a problem.



Alcoholism has a genetic and social component. Does anyone in your immediate or extended problems have difficulties controlling their use of alcohol or other drugs?



Alcohol is very damaging to the body if taken in extreme amounts. Liver problems are only part of the story. Most biological problems stemming for alcohol don’t show up until the late stages of alcoholism and are the result of frequent use in large quantities.



If you have started drinking a month ago it is unlikely that you would suffer any physical effects.



I am assuming that you are a woman based on your nic. Women can progress from social drinking to abuse, and dependence level drinking quickly but a month sees fast. Of course this is also related to how frequently and how much you have used in the past month.



A number of people have asked if you are trying to deal with something by drinking. If so this is another sign of problematic use.



I’ve done a lot of work with people who have addiction issues so feel free to PM if you have a question.
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