thank you for your thoughtful and very positive post.I became a heavy alcoholic pretty quickly at a young age, went on for a decade, I'm three years sober. I grew up in a scary house and was running from trauma, a lot of people seek a sense of warmth and comfort from a bottle because they it's the first place they've ever found it, and it can be hard to convince them in their heart of hearts that with effort they can find it elsewhere
In my experience it is better to encourage alcoholics with the benefits of not drinking, than it is to discourage them from drinking with the negative effects of drinking. The former might inspire them when they think of it later, the latter will just make them resentful--in their mind it is not as if the world has ever given them a better alternative. At least in my experience
By the way I do drink. But, for y’all who have problems you need to stop talking about the sweet spot. Don’t convince yourself to start again. Not a good thing. Remain under control.I know 100% of what you mean. When you’re a few drinks in ramping up and you hit that premium mental state. For me, music sounded 20x better - going straight to my feelings and bypassing the normal filtering. It was brief on my way to getting drunk but it was like nirvana. Some historical author called it “liquid sunshine”. I’ve stopped drinking but completely related to this.
Yes!! Agreed. For every “sweet spot” there is an equal if not proportionally worse downside (hangover, depression, other). It’s an illusion.By the way I do drink. But, for y’all who have problems you need to stop talking about the sweet spot. Don’t convince yourself to start again. Not a good thing. Remain under control.
My dad, who was a life long alcoholic, passed away in 2002 from acute pancreatitis, and comorbid kidney and liver failure. He was only 39 years old, and I was 6 or 7. Alcoholism leads to a number of different liver diseases, like sorosis. When you stop drinking the withdrawal can actually be deadly as well, so it’s important for hardcore alcoholics to seek medical assistance when quitting. I’m sure a not-insignificant percentage of deaths among chronic alcoholics are also caused by accidents stemming from impaired motor function as well.I'm curious how people die from alcoholism.
A little background.. I had a best friend Phil, we were best friends all throughout high school, he was one of the best man in my wedding back in 1985. He moved to Austin and I've always lived in Houston but we would always get together once or twice a month to play guitars all night long. When he got a Gibson Les Paul I was able to buy him a Marshall Bluesbreaker amp... I mean we were -best- friends.
Then Phil's life totally fell apart. He always drank too much whiskey but it seriously got out of hand. He lost his job.. His wife divorced him. His young daughter didn't want anything to do with him anymore. I tried to help.. I tried to tell him he needed to quit drinking. You can guess the rest.. Phil told me to F-off and I haven't spoken to him in the last 7 or 8 years. This was very hard on me as you can guess. I've only written one song in my life but it was about losing my best friend and wanting to play guitars with him "just one more day".
I was talking to a mutual friend recently and he caught me up. Apparently Phil is now in a hospital in Dallas and he is dying of alcoholism. His brain has quit working, his body is shutting down. Apparently he sometimes calls his ex wife thinking it is 10 years ago and they are still married. It is all incredibly tragic, but at this point I hope Phil passes soon so he is no longer hurting, and he no longer can hurt anyone else.
So I guess my questions are, how is it that alcohol can kill someone? Is there a stage where the damage is so great there is no going back?
From what I understand, and I may be wrong, marijuana doesn't kill people, and if you quit smoking and given enough time, the damage is reversed. Is alcohol so much worse? Does the body actually quit from all the alcohol, or is it the brain that gives up and dies first? And if someone is actually hospitalized from alcoholism, is there no hope left?
Sorry for the downer topic.. It just hit me pretty hard recently when I heard about Phil dying in a hospital... we used to be best friends.
Take care ya'll....
Hank Williams died from a mixture of alcohol and pain medication riding in the back seat of his Cadillac driving to another gig. I have always considered him an honorary member of the 27 Club because of his young age, how he died and he was close to 27.I just read up on both of these musicians.. so incredibly sad!! I had no idea Hank Williams was only 29 when he died of alcoholism, and his hit Your Cheating Heart was released after he died.
Spot on. Drink enough alcohol over a long enough period of time and every organ in your body begins to shut down. Trying to drink yourself to death isn't easy either. It takes a concerted effort over a long period of time.Alcohol is a poison. Consume small non-lethal doses of rat poison over many years and it will eventually kill you because the body can no longer keep up and repair the damage as fast as it occurs.
This does not even consider the non-physical (mental/emotional) aspects of alcoholism and how it affects attitudes, relationships, etc.
oh I was a terrible drunk , throw up blind drug blackout failure.Yes, our disease wants us to remember the good times and try to convince us that we can drink responsibly.