THINK BINGE DRINKING IS HARMLESS? THIS IS THE DISTURBING TRUTH – Most of us like to have a drink or two; in fact what better way to unwind at the end of a hard day’s work than relaxing and reflecting on the day with a nice Gin and Tonic?
The majority of people enjoy a drink but drinking is mostly a moderated affair; especially in these days of austerity where the costs of having a tipple are definitely increasing.
As we are all aware there are some medical professionals and scientists that think alcohol consumption in moderation doesn’t do you any harm and some even believe there are certain health benefits.
But what about those to engage in binge drinking; is binge drinking really that detrimental to your health?
Jo, pictured below, might appear outwardly as any other 35 year old woman who is pregnant. Unfortunately Jo is not pregnant but suffers from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse whereby binge drinking was engaged in on a regular basis.
Jo’s excessive binge drinking has now left her in a precarious and life-threatening situation for the liver is so badly damaged that instead of the fluid containing toxins and nutrients that the liver processes normally cannot cope and therefore allows these fluids to seep into her abdomen.
This process then swells Jo’s abdomen over a period of a few weeks, which makes it appears as if she was pregnant – such is the vast quantity of fluid produced that her liver simply cannot cope with due to the disease.
Now every 3 weeks Jo is required to go to hospital and have the fluid drained from her abdomen, which can amount to as much as 23 litres and without such a procedure she would certainly perish.
Jo’s only hope of long term survival is to receive a liver transplant.
Jo’s story is one of many that a new series the BBC is about to air – Old Before My Time. The series looks at a number of people with ages ranging in the 20s and 30s and is designed to bring greater awareness to the public over the dangers of excessive drinking or indeed binge drinking.
Jo is one of a number of people who feature on the new series which highlights the growing abuse of alcohol and the effects that long term alcohol abuse is having on young people.
The contents of the BBC series are certainly disturbing, including some people in their early 30s who can no longer walk due to the overall damage caused through excessive alcohol consumption.
What drives us to drink and indeed the most disturbing aspects of binge drinking? Have we become a society that has lost all hope to the point where many seek solace in bottle in order to wash away the realities of everyday life?
I can assure you, from direct experience, that alcohol abuse doesn’t simply affect the individual who drinks to excess but also has a devastating effect on friends and family and never more so as when the coffin is carried towards the final resting place.
Alcoholism and certainly binge drinking is beginning to affect all facets of social life; go to any town or city centre on a Friday and Saturday night and watch the incapacitated patrons spill out onto the streets where the police and ambulance crews await; almost like vultures in the night ready to clean up the carnage.
There appears strong evidence that we need to take a closer look at what is ailing our young society to the point where drowning in alcohol appears the only solution to escape the ravishes of everyday life and ask whether these social issues are responsible for fueling the rise of the binge drinking culture.
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