1. Alcohol: How to avoid alcohol?
It Begins with “A” so let's start at the beginning, and show you how to avoid alcohol. Alcohol is the by-product of the fermentation process. It is a natural oxidation (rotting) process whereby yeast and bacteria work together to break down sugar from fruit or vegetable matter. It tastes bad, because it is rotting vegetable matter, and our body is telling us to avoid alcohol.
Alcohol is also known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol, which is an addictive, chemical nasty, and not just a naturally occurring substance. Rather, it is a poisonous, toxic chemical and is most frequently used as a chemical solvent, engine fuel additive, antiseptic, anesthetic, and a medical cleaning agent.
It is a psycho-active drug which is addictive and mind-altering and causes unpleasant side effects such as disorientation, loss of sensory perception, and vomiting.
Just by way of illustration, it is closely related to another form of alcohol called methanol, which is more commonly known as methylated spirit. Methanol is a far more toxic substance, and certainly not safe for human consumption at any level, as it will almost certainly kill you, even in small doses.
Please do not confuse these two different types of alcohol, but suffice to say that whilst one is more toxic than the other, we present this information to illustrate that they are both addictive and poisonous to the human body, and can kill you.
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This unfortunate condition is brought about by the consumption of alcohol, whereby the sufferer seems to be unaware of the damage being caused to the human organs, brain and general physical well being, including others who may be affected. See “Alcohol”.
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3. Alcoholic Syndrome:
Not to be confused as a different condition from Alcoholism, this condition is generally accepted to be defined as those who no longer exhibit the capability or desire to stop drinking. See “Alcoholism”.
4. Alcohol Trap:
The Alcohol Trap is a devious and intricate mechanism that has been carefully constructed over many years. It has been calculatingly planned and cleverly premeditated such that most of us utterly reject its very existence.
If that is not enough of a concern, the Alcohol Trap is laid out so covertly, so cunningly that with the aid of our cultural conditioning, that we happily dance around the precipice, even tantalizingly within the jaws. We experiment with the enticing and beguiling decoy of the Alcohol Trap with little fear or trepidation. We play around the edge of the alcohol trap like a child with a yo-yo, spinning closer, then pulling away, drawing nearer, then pulling away. However, we are always drawn ever closer, eventually attracted back to flirt with the open jaws of the trap.
Yet we feel as though we are somehow immune from the danger. “I won’t get caught”, “I will be okay”, “I am strong enough to resist”. There seems to be no fear at all from the outside looking in. that is until we see some poor soul who has succumbed to alcoholism and slipped into the jaws of the alcohol trap. Do we feel sorrow, or sympathy, do we offer to help, do we fear for ourselves? Usually we do not do anything to help the poor soul, we just imagine that would never happen to us!
More often than not, we look at those destitute, pitiable people who have lost everything to alcohol, we label them as alcoholics, and we do nothing! We recognise them as somehow different from us, lacking the moral fortitude and strength to be able to avoid the alcohol trap. We see them as weak willed individuals who are nothing like us, and we do not recognise them as the same as the rest of us, on a very similar journey with alcohol, just entwined more deeply in the carefully laid out trap that awaits all of us.
This is what we call the Alcohol Trap!
This is the very toxic by product of drinking alcohol, and it is produced in the liver as an attempt to get rid of the alcohol from the blood. This chemical compound is not a naturally occurring substance in the human body and presents its own problems, which in some cases are worse than the alcohol from which it came. Acetaldehyde is a very nasty chemical, and is high on the list of known carcinogens. This means it is a cancer causing chemical agent, which would not be allowed to be sold for human consumption, due to it being recognised as causing severe life threatening conditions. Worse than that, it can be more addictive than alcohol, as it it acts as an opiate to the nervous system, causing depressive effects, and impairment to the normal operation of the nerves and senses.
The problem with acetaldehyde in the body is that it requires a huge amount of effort from the liver to decompose into less harmful chemicals, but usually, we are very busy tipping more alcohol in at the top end, which therefore competes with the livers’ ability to cope. This is a nasty catch 22 situation, which eventually reaches tipping point.
Excessive acetaldehyde in the blood stream will result in hangover effects the next day, and within 24 hours, will create alcohol cravings which perpetuates the vicious cycle that we find ourselves trapped within.
6. Acetic Acid:
Acetic Acid is more commonly known as vinegar, and is the final by product of drinking alcohol, when acetaldehyde is finally decomposed into acetic acid. As we all know, vinegar is the naturally occurring substance which results from the fermentation of sugar and alcohol.
Acetic acid tastes very unpleasant, simply because the body is trying to warn us that it is rotting vegetation, and probably not safe to eat or drink. This is part of the normal process and our body has been cleverly designed to save us from bad food.
Similarly with alcohol, it also has a bad taste, but we have trained ourselves to overlook the bad taste, despite the warning signs.
7. Binge Drinking:
Binge drinking can be described as excessive consumption of alcohol over and above the recommended safe drinking levels. Commonly resulting from a big night out, or a hyped up party situation, binge drinking results in the classical symptoms of the alcohol wars being waged within the liver. Due to an overwhelming amount of alcohol, the liver simply cannot cope. The blood stream becomes over saturated with alcohol, and often results in the knock on effects of alcohol poisoning, vomiting, headaches and hangover.
How Much Is Too Much Alcohol Daily? If you are drinking in excess of the recommended guidelines, 2 standard drinks for men and women, then you are at risk of the effects of binge drinking.
8. Cirrhosis of the Liver:
Cirrhosis of the liver is the unfortunate name given to liver disease caused by excessive consumption of alcohol. Alcohol is such a powerful antiseptic that it kills all living cells that it comes into contact with. In medical laboratories, alcohol is used to decontaminate experimental equipment by eliminating all traces of living matter, cells and bacteria.
In your liver, alcohol wipes out as many liver cells as possible before the liver can digest it. So what we might call the alcohol war is a real battle between good and evil, with in most cases, the liver winning over alcohol, to keep us from total inebriation. In the meantime, the alcohol has taken out millions of liver cells in a deadly form of collateral liver damage! The liver is truly awesome, and can regenerate itself to make up for the losses. But as with any other tissue in the human body, the dead cells tend to cause a certain amount of scarring, eventually which leads to an accumulation of dead scar tissue, which can no longer be repaired. This is known as liver cirrhosis, which is an irreversible condition, and if the sufferer cannot stop drinking alcohol, will culminate in total liver failure.
Can the liver heal itself? No - the only possible solution is to stop drinking alcohol immediately. A person suffering from alcohol related cirrhosis, who is unable to stop drinking, will probably die within 5 years or less. Now if that is not one of the Best Reasons to Stop Drinking Alcohol, then nothing can save us from the alcohol trap.
9. The Liver:
As we have just explored, the human liver is an incredible organ in our body, and is responsible for cleaning many toxins from our bloodstream. But it can only cope with so much, before it reaches a point of chemical overload. Alcohol is like an all out assault on our liver. The liver does an excellent job to break down the alcohol, but as we know, drinking too much alcohol just pushes the system too far until the liver reaches its limit of capacity.
At the same time as dealing with the alcohol, the liver also has to deal with the by product that we talked about (see “acetaldehyde”). The war against alcohol becomes a double whammy of alcohol and acetaldehyde. Often, this is the knock out blow for our largest and most forgiving organ, which will simply not be able to keep up the pace. Despite our best intentions, alcohol will always be the winner, as we will discover when we wake up in the morning with a hangover (see "hangover").
10. Fatty Liver Disease:
Also known as steatosis, this disease is symptomatic of excessive consumption of fats, sugars, and drinking too much alcohol. Whilst the condition can result from factors other than consumption of alcohol, by far the largest contribution to the condition is from the alcohol war and drinking too much alcohol. The liver becomes overwhelmed by the process of breaking down the alcohol, and then dealing with the by-product, acetaldehyde, whilst it still has to keep our system operating as normally as possible, despite the alcohol wars being waged within.
There is no medication or intervention that can be prescribed to overcome fatty liver disease. The only way to prevent it is to make changes to your lifestyle, which includes trying to avoid alcohol and making dietary modifications.
The good news is, if caught in time, and with satisfactory adjustments to your lifestyle and if you can stop drinking alcohol, the effects of fatty liver disease can be reversed. If you stop drinking alcohol immediately and completely, your liver may heal completely, if liver scarring is not too advanced.
The problem is the difficulty of diagnosing this condition early enough to make significant interventions. See you doctor if you are in any doubt.
And don’t lie. Doctors cannot diagnose the early onset of this condition unless they have the full and correct details of you lifestyle to work from.
If you know that you are drinking too much alcohol:
this is vital information for a physician to make a diagnosis
Let the doctor know that you wish to stop drinking alcohol!
11. Liver Hepatitis:
This is a potentially serious condition that is brought about by the abuse of alcohol over a period of time. In some cases, it can also be experienced after binge drinking, so it no longer can be presumed to be solely caused over a long period of time, but is a danger for anyone who is drinking too much alcohol.
Liver damage associated with mild liver hepatitis can be reversible, but medical advice requires that you stop drinking permanently.
Sever alcohol hepatitis is far more serious and is a major cause of death throughout the western world. More commonly referred to as severe organ failure, death from alcohol liver hepatitis is painful and inevitable if you cannot stop drinking alcohol.
This condition is also difficult for Doctors to diagnose early, most likely due to sufferers being unwilling to present with symptoms, or unwilling to describe their alcohol choices to the Doctor.
Either way, need we suggest that the alcohol trap is a real and present danger, and the evidence is right before us.
Alcohol is often called the silent killer, but it is only the victim who chooses to remain silent.
Don’t be silent, ask for assistance to stop drinking alcohol
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12. Liver Transplant:
Transplanting a damaged liver with a new one is the only known way to treat liver failure. Once a liver is damaged beyond repair, there is no other medical intervention, no medication, and no cure for the condition, even if you stop drinking alcohol.
A liver transplant implies that the recipient liver has failed, but the person is being kept alive, presumably by dialysis or other temporary means. The donor liver comes from someone who has died, whilst otherwise healthy, and agreed to donate healthy organs to those recipients in dire need.
If you do not or can not stop drinking alcohol, you will not be eligible for a liver transplant.
If you need help, ask for assistance to stop drinking alcohol.
13. The Hangover:
Ah yes – the dreaded hangover! After the consumption of copious amounts of alcohol, a hangover is the inevitable result. We know that a hangover follows a drinking session, we know that we will regret it the next day, we know how bad it feels, yet we fall into the alcohol trap and do it again and again. Even when we remember the negative consequences of drinking too much alcohol, we seem to be unable to avoid alcohol, and fall into the trap whenever we go too close. If ever we needed proof that alcohol is bad, we only need to look at the hangover as one of the symptoms of drinking too much alcohol.
A hangover is accompanied by a nasty headache, tremors, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and the debilitating effects of a combination of effects all at the same time. Many beautiful mornings have been completed ruined by a hangover, followed by a miserable afternoon, leading to another round of drinking to recover from the ill effects of the night before – oh No! Here begins another round of the vicious cycle that we enter whenever we drink too much alcohol.
14. The Headache:
We all know what a headache feels like, or worse if you have ever suffered a migraine. So why would we risk causing and suffering a headache by voluntarily drinking too much alcohol? This is not funny – an alcohol induced headache is a combination of dehydration, tiredness, and alcohol poisoning within the brain.
Think about it, if your brain is deprived of the fluid it needs to be hydrated, then that fluid must have been replaced by alcohol. This antiseptic chemical does not harmlessly pass through, it ruthlessly attacks all brain cells that it came into contact with. It also dissolves the necessary fatty acids that form the protein building blocks within our brains, and totally interrupts the normal cycle of brain function and development.
This can not be good for you or your brain, and is your brains way of telling you to avoid alcohol.
15. The Hangover Cure:
The cure for a hangover is a fabled and long sought after elixir – But it does not exist!
The search for a cure for a hangover is a figment of the delirious human imagination. Many con artists and snake oil dealers over the centuries have claimed to have discovered the formula for this liquid gold, but these claims should be viewed with severe skepticism.
There is not enough money in the world to cure a really nasty hangover.
Or is there??? Avoid alcohol is a perfectly good cure for hangover, and it really works.
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16. Foie Gras:
Foie Gras is French for “Fatty Duck Liver”, and is the product of a reasonably gruesome practise performed on unwitting animals with the aim of producing gourmet delicacies for human consumption. The animals are subject to force feeding with sweet corn in order to cause an enlarged liver, which can swell up to 10 times the normal size. The uncomfortable and unfortunate animal is then slaughtered solely for the enlarged organ, in an ironic parallel to the human condition known as alcoholism.
If not slaughtered for harvest, the force fed ducks will die due the excessive liver growth, as will humans die if alcohol consumption is not ceased in time for liver regeneration.
17. Unwelcome Friend:
Throughout this blog, we have presented the concept that cultural conditioning has prepared our conscious mind that alcohol is safe to drink, and in actual fact, may even help us to perform better in many facets of our lives. This is not true, but if we continue to hear messages, or a little voice in our heads that suggests it will be okay, then we will blame this voice on our unwelcome friend. This unwelcome friend is the one who always supports the use of alcohol and never seems to belong to the voice of reason, never seems to save us from temptation, and never seems to take responsibility afterwards when we suffer from drinking too much alcohol.
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18. Vomit: after drinking too much alcohol:
As if we need final proof that the body is warning us about the real and unimagined danger of consuming poisonous alcohol, the final stage of the body’s defence against the war on alcohol is the natural rejection of the foreign substance. The completely natural and subconscious method of dealing with this poisonous material is totally beyond our ability to control, and the inevitable result is a unpleasant and forceful expulsion. This should be seen as ample proof that the subconscious mind is correct and that our conscious mind has managed to fool us into thinking that it is safe to drink poison.
If we manage to overcome the bad taste when we drink alcohol, we will experience disorientation, dizziness and loss of sensory perception, If will are still not able to recognise the warning signs, we begin to lose coordination, our speech is slurred, our brain is anesthetized, and our inhibitions, which are there to protect us, disappear almost completely. When all of this is not enough, the liver goes into chemical overload, we have lost the war against alcohol and the stomach goes into major convulsions in attempt to rid the poison.
Alcohol is poisonous to the human body, and vomiting is the final defence to prevent further damage.
And even then, the unfortunate truth is that being violently ill is sometimes not enough to help us to stop drinking alcohol.