Where is the line between alcoholism and the seemingly harmless desire for a drink after a busy day? Is female alcoholism really incurable? And is it true that light drinks are less harmful to the body than strong ones?
Signs of alcoholism in women
1. ONE GLASS OF COGNAC PER DAY IS USEFUL FOR VESSELS
It is a myth. Recently I had a woman at the reception who said that she once consulted a doctor about frequent headaches from which traditional analgesics could not save. The doctor advised her to take a "glass of cognac" before dinner. The headaches really subsided, and in the evenings the patient began to feel "more cheerful". True, for all this, large doses of cognac soon became necessary, one glass was no longer enough. A year later, she ended up in a narcological hospital, where her husband literally took her in his arms. I could cite a myriad of similar examples, but I can only say that alcoholism can affect any person - without a discount on intelligence and education.
2. MODERATE CONSUMPTION OF QUALITY DRY WINE RAISES HEMOGLOBIN LEVEL, REDUCES CHOLESTEROL, HELPS REGULATING PRESSURE AND PROMOTES PREVENTION OF CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES.
It is a mirage to claim that daily doses of certain types of alcohol are not only harmless, but also beneficial to health. Everyone knows about recipes for prolonging youth and maintaining health - it is enough to lead a healthy lifestyle, engage in correctly dosed physical education, get enough sleep, walk in the fresh air, and eat right. There are many useful things in the world that are not addictive and there are as many tragedies as alcohol. But for someone it is more pleasant and easier to think that alcohol helps health. Self-deception!
3. FEMALE ALCOHOLISM IS A SEPARATE DISEASE AND, IN DIFFERENCE FROM MALE ALCOHOLISM, IS UNCUALABLE.
Female alcoholism is considered more difficult for two reasons. Firstly, due to the relatively low biological content of alcohol-destroying enzymes in the liver. Secondly, the woman develops mental disorders faster, which are sometimes invisible to the patient herself. Let's just say: female alcoholism develops according to a shortened scenario, when the desire to drink turns into a need. But in fact, the same rules apply in the treatment as in the treatment of "male alcoholism".
4. ENCODED ALCOHOLIC CAN REALLY DIE BY DRINKING ALCOHOL
The strength of the possible consequences is sometimes not predictable, since it depends not only on the professional potential of the doctor, but also on the patient's mental disposition. I had a case when, after drinking alcohol against the background of the coding, a patient developed functional tetraparalysis, i.e. reversible immobility of hands and feet. The patient was admitted to the neurological department of the Tarasovskaya hospital and only after the code was removed, his condition returned to normal. I have information that this person still does not drink, and after all, several decades have passed. Deaths after coding have not been reported even in the annals of dramatic medicine.
5. LIGHT ALCOHOLIC DRINKS (BEER, COCKTAILS) ARE LESS HARMFUL THAN STRONG ALCOHOL
This is also an illusion. Light drinks affect the body in the same way as strong ones. And the only difference is that a person needs to drink more beer and cocktails to achieve the effect. Another danger lies in the very taste of cocktails: when drinking is tasty and pleasant, you will not even notice how you will find yourself in a state of uncontrollable intoxication. This is where the illegal actions of adolescents sometimes stem.
6. IF A PERSON STOPPED TO DRINK, THEN MANDATELY FALLS - IT'S JUST A QUESTION OF TIME.
If a person has not drunk for many years, this does not mean that he has fully recovered. Patients and relatives of a patient with alcoholism should know the truth - with the resumption of alcoholism, the disease will immediately return, and even with an "increase" in terms of the banal aging processes of the body. Here everything rests on the laws of physiology - liver enzymes destroyed by ethanol are not restored. Based on this, it is necessary to understand that the disease can recur. If a person, for example, is sick with an oncological disease, this does not mean that one should “give up on him” - they say, a relapse is still possible. By the way, alcoholism has one indisputable advantage over many other serious illnesses - if a patient consults a doctor in a timely manner, and after treatment he completely refuses to take alcohol, then in this case he becomes practically healthy.
7. IF YOU HAVE A HANGER, YOU ARE NOT ALCOHOLIC. But if, on the eve of the evening, YOU HAVE HARD DRINKS, AND IN THE MORNING FEEL YOURSELF BEAUTIFUL, THIS IS ALCOHOLISM, BECAUSE YOUR BODY HAS STOPPED TO PERCEPT ALCOHOL AS POISON
In fact, the opposite is true: the appearance of a hangover syndrome indicates the development of biological dependence on alcohol. This is the same withdrawal. The term abstinence comes from fr. Absence (absence), which literally translates as "absence." Deprived of the drug, the body begins to demand its return. If you do not stop in a timely manner, then the unfavorable prognosis is obvious.
8. SCIENTISTS ARE DEVELOPING A "SAFE ALCOHOL" - A SUBSTANCE THAT MAKES A FEELING SIMILAR TO DRINKING, BUT THERE IS NO ADDICTION OR HARMFUL EFFECTS
If scientists really do develop such a substance, they can be congratulated - on the invention of another new drug. In human physiology, there is one immutable rule legalized by the WHO: any substance that improves well-being and mood can be addictive and addictive.
9. IF YOU DO NOT EXCEED A SAFE DOSE - FIVE DRINKS PER WEEK - THERE WILL NOT BE HARMFUL TO HEALTH
It's impossible to talk about a mythical “safe dose”, and here's why. This amount is individual for everyone: one drinks 5 bottles of beer and will spend the evening quite peacefully, while the other has a clouding of mind from one bottle. When a person drinks, his state of consciousness changes, and at the same time, internal sensations can be deceiving. It is possible to objectively establish the nature of intoxication only from the outside. Or by "aftertaste" - the next day it will be clear to you whether you have exceeded your safe dose the day before or not. A possible criterion that you have not exceeded your safe amount is that you remain within your typical behavior.