What are the risks?
Heavy drinking damages the body; it may damage all the organs of the body, but will especially damage the liver, stomach, heart and brain. It will cause high blood pressure, gout and pancreatitis (inflamed pancreas). One serious effect is that some drinkers have blackouts of memory; others have blackouts during heavy drinking bouts only. At least 15% of all patients admitted to hospital have an alcohol-related illness and about 50% of fatal traffic accidents involve alcohol. It is a special problem for pregnant women, whose babies can be abnormal: more than 1 drink a day places the baby at risk. Alcohol also interacts badly with many prescribed medicines, especially sedatives
How can you get help?
If you experience problems related to drinking, cut down on the amount and frequency of social drinking. If you find this impossible, seek help without delay—you cannot fight it alone. When you attempt to stop, withdrawal symptoms may be a problem.
Get in touch with your family doctor or your nearest branch of Alcoholics Anonymous or Alanon. Some cities have direct telephone drug and alcohol services. The only way to solve the problem is to realise you have one, admit to it and then do something about it. Experience has shown that the key to success is to quit altogether, and for this reason the help of your family, your doctor and a caring organisation such as Alcoholics Anonymous is essential.
Golden rules to avoid hazardous drinking
• Do not drink daily.
• Aim for less than 12 standard drinks per week for men and 8 for women.
• Have at least 3 non-drinking days per week.
• Change to low-alcohol beer.
• Avoid drinking on an empty stomach.
• Avoid high-risk situations (e.g. constant parties).
• Mix alcoholic with non-alcoholic drinks.
What are the symptoms?
The possible symptoms or signs are as follows
loss of self-esteem
brain damage (if severe)