Alcohol: is there anything it can’t do?

by Gene on Jun. 12th, 2008

Researchers in Sweden have found that people who drink regularly were 40% to 55% less likely to develop arthritis.

Meanwhile, doctors in San Diego have found that drinking a glass of wine a day decreases the chance of liver disease and increases longevity.

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Sheila Joyce Gibbs's picture

I will try to make this brief, but if you have any inquiries, please let me knkow. To explain the years preceding our health deterioration, we both had been married twice previous, to individuals that we were not suite for. As most people do, we drank to relax & calm our nerves. And while that is a POOR excuse, unfortunately, very true for many. Never had we heard or read or been told by ANYone, of possible derogatory health effects from alcohol, so it all came as a real shocker.
Myself & my late husband were born to Alcoholic Mothers. We picked up the nasty little drinking habit quite well, in our late teens, when first employed. Being the youngest & newest recruit, you want to fit in and be accepted, especially when you are hoping for a career in that field. Many lunch & after work drinks were a ongoing way of life.
Both of us were well educated & hard working, therefore rose quickly in the professions we loved. This all came to advastating halt for us both in our mid 40's. It is called 'Grand-Mal Seizures' somewhat related to 'Epilepsy'.

There are NO known cures! Prescription drugs are the only help, along with complete alcohol abstinence, permanently. The current medications have pages & pages of horrific side effects, & hit each patient different times, different ways. You must stay on these pills for the rest of your life though! And are expensive. I have a distant relative, who's baby girl was born with the exact same problem. So it's NOT really Epilepsy, but almost another FORM of it. While this tiny little girls parents have never consumed alcohol, suspicions are that her Dad's biological parents did. But being adopted, leaves the question unanswered.
When it first hit, our drivers license's were suspended, in addition to us both having to quit our employment, which is very horrible, when you have worked your entire life in a profession you loved, and are extremely well known & respected in the industry. Not to mention the fact that you've been accustomed to a certain level of income, which is now GONE !!
Your license to drive may be returned after 6 months, without an attack, however it is like having a wretched poisonous snake, dweling permanently inside of you forever! The medication professes to hold it down, so to speak, & yes it does, however, it is always on your mind ESPECIALLY when your license to drive is returned and makes travelling costs to Doctors/Specialists/Surgeons & of course, Blood Tests, slightly affordable, (although now, even that is expensive!).
There is a little journal book ALWAYS here in our home, where it is noted, time & day medication is taken, in dreaded fear of missing, then being served notice basically, by the PYTHON dwelling inside. He is very aware when he hasn't received Breakfast or Supper, call it 'Tranquilizing Medication'. Consequently, you may or may not be served His Wrath! I trust you get the picture here. I never ever leave the house, without checking this precious little diary, always sitting in clear plain view, as having a seizure while driving could cause a horrendous dreadful outcome! This is not Drunk Driving so to speak, but the aftermath of drinking for years and years, not to mention the continual worry of it causing a fall, sometimes splitting your skull open !! (Which has happened twice !) A year before my spouse passed away, he had a seizure while neegotiating 2 steps, flew over 20 ft., breaking his hip, resulting in surgery, then a year long recovery process. This is for someone who at 6 ft 4" tall, in excellent physical condition. Previously he had broken his arm & ankle from the same cause ! And ALL because of the ALMIGHTY drink !!

I am attempting to bring this to as many organizations attention, as possible, as well as our Governments, Federal & Provincial. Hoping that along with AA, ALANON, MADD it will result in mandatory warning labels on ALL liquor containers, and purchase prices increased as well !!
Cigarette manufacturers have been forced to do both, but I don't remember ever hearing about a deadly traffic accident or severe fall, from smoking !?!
This type of life with a minor affliction is difficult. It does cause again, a great deal of stress, as your entire life is uprooted! Applying to receive CPP takes almost forever, and for one of us, we had to have a Lawyer complete the entire ordeal.
My lovely husband passed away, a year ago last April, from a perforated ulcer, & his reluctance to go into the hospital immediately, as he didn't want me to be on my own, I suspect, in case of an attack ! (Well, my dear, I'm on my own now!)

Thankyou very much for your spending valued time, reading my story. I trust you will pass this on to others. I have been replied to by some, they absolutely convinced, seizures are only caused from ALCHOL WTIHDRAWAL!! Well, not so, NOT SO AT ALL !! I'm no Physician, but have confirmed this with professionals and it is ONLY from continued DRINKing, period! AND having this wretched, horrible health defect, is like wondering if the (unwanted) Tenant inside, is dead, alive, pissed off with you, bored or HEY, maybe, just MAYBE, peacefully content, FOR NOW !?!

Sincerely yours, in deepest hopes of saving others,
Sheila Joyce Gibbs,
[email protected]
402-720 Vancouver Street,
Victoria, B.C. Canada
Ph. No. 250-995-1643

ps: Imagine of all the Beer Cans in the world, had this message largely displayed.....

WARNING: Any/All Alcohol, contains the power to cause possible severe Epileptic Seizures FOR LIFE !!

(Think that would help at all ?? I'm sure it would have saved us !!)

posted on Thu, 06/12/2008 - 12:38pm
Gene's picture
Gene says:

A new study suggests that stopping drinking may bring on depression.

posted on Sat, 07/19/2008 - 2:50am
joeAnne's picture
joeAnne says:

Well, I don't think drinking has to do with arthritis. How can alcohol help you get over a certain disease? Alcohol can only harm your health and supposing it can help you, it will damage several other organs of your body. So, stop drinking guys, go attend a Alcohol Rehab.

posted on Wed, 10/08/2008 - 12:16pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

America is the only country in the world with this love hate relationship with alcohol. It is a non issue in the rest of the world.

Stop QQing about ur disease. Bad genes, and irresponsible drinking habits got you to where you are today... Dont rain on the parade of those of us who know how to drink responsibly.

posted on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 6:10am
ConcernedOne's picture
ConcernedOne says:

true however threre are those that drink irresponsibly. they over drink and everyone knows that too much alcohol is FATAL. idk about you guys out there reading this - but i will stand by my belief of how bad it is and i'll just stick with my non-alcohol lifestyle. sorry for those that don't agree. i feel that it is a dumb way to spend you're money and time.


posted on Wed, 12/03/2008 - 12:09pm

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