Drinking yourself to death

Another excellent documentary that has come from C4 in 2014 courtesy of Dispatches about alcohol and liver disease, called ‘Drinking yourself to death’.

At the end of this I was left under no illusion that the alcohol and drinks industry will go to extraordinary lengths to stop any legal or governmental policy decisions that will affect shareholders and company profitability.Β  This is a business to them irrespective of the harm its products do to you, your family or friends and society in general.

The only way to take ‘personal responsibility’ as the small labels on their packaging encourage us to do is to not drink their products.

18 days to go

 

22 thoughts on “Drinking yourself to death

  1. Aargh. An error occurred after watching for 35 minutes. Scary stuff. Besides the industry aspect I was particularly concerned that Muriel had stopped drinking 5 years ago and yet still needed a liver transplant. We’re not out of the woods yet.

      1. I finally managed to listen to most of the second half but couldn’t get the picture to work. I think it was just the last 5 minutes I lost completely.

      1. Yep. In getting to quit I have not focussed on the nasty stuff because I know it instills fear and fear mostly leads to drinking. Part of my thoughts on drinking are on ‘how could this have been prevented’. I should make a study of it because I have no clue. I believe what Jason Vale says: people are hooked with the first drink they like. Cause alcohol itself actually tastes awful, so we fancy it up with sweet flavours and sell it. Once you like one glass you have fallen into the trap. Don’t have to go down all the way as I did. But the trap has sprung and given time and opportunity, 80% of the people will drink more and more. But at this stage I’ld better worry about getting my own stuff sorted out.

      2. As it should be – sort yourself first and then worry about everyone else!

  2. This was so heartbreaking to watch. Infuriating at the same time. I agree with the Doctor at the end, we need awareness, just as there is heart, cholesterol awareness, etc. How can we achieve that with such a powerful lobby influencing the government? πŸ™ Thanks for sharing, I need to start doing some homework about my own country’s efforts to bring this to the forefront. xx

    1. Depressing wasn’t it? We do need alcohol awareness I agree! I believe that Tommy Rosen was promoting a two week period of alcohol awareness coming up in the US between the 15-29 September with special shows on CBS I think xx

      1. Here you go Lori! πŸ™‚ This is what the email from Tommy Rosen said:

        Later this month, CBSNews.com in association with Recovery 2.0 will be launching the 14 Days on The Wagon challenge. The initiative is a challenge to all people across the U.S. to go β€œon the wagon” from September 15-September 29 to bring awareness to what it means to live free of alcohol and recreational drugs, to create solidarity with people who struggle with addiction, to spotlight the addiction problem and also to inspire people to greater health and wellness in general.

        Each day of the campaign, CBSNews.com/health will feature inspirational, thought-provoking and educational videos and blogs from experts looking at every angle of addiction, recovery and optimal health. Many other press outlets are interested in picking up the story and promoting the 14 Days initiative far and wide. It’s very exciting. You’ll hear more about this exciting initiative in the next two weeks.

        Email me your private email address and I’ll forward anything else I receive if you would like? xx

    1. It’s worth the watch Kim and thank you! Need to make sure I don’t fall at the final hurdle πŸ˜‰ xx

    1. The liver is the only organ that can regenerate but once scar tissue is formed this prevents regrowth.

  3. I’m Brett and I’m a recovering alcoholic/pothead with three years of sobriety. I founded achievesobriety.org because when I looked online to watch videos of people talking about getting sober on Youtube there were very, very few videos. I was in serious disbelief in my discovery or lack of a discovery.

    One year later I have launched achievesobriety.org and there are already 7 videos for people to watch with more to be regularly released. Since I’m one who regularly bites more than I can chew the website has more than just videos. The website has a blog and I was hoping if I could post some of your blog posts on my website? I’d really appreciate it.

    Thank you for being a voice about an incredibly taboo subject.

    -Brett Taylor

    1. Hi Brett Thank you for reading and commenting on my blog. Feel free to share some of my blog posts on your website, as long as they acknowledge the source πŸ™‚ Will check out your site too so thanks for letting me know about it and congrats on 3 years of sobriety – way to go! Lou

  4. have only watched the first half of this so far but it was a corker. in the worst way if you know what I mean…. all those people with raised levels. who all ‘drink as much as their friends do’ πŸ™ thanks for posting it! xx

    1. It is isn’t it Prim? As you say, the liver fibroscan results were hideous, expecting less than 5% with abnormal readings and getting 30-60%! If that was any other health study people would be hopping up and down and shouting from the rooftops about it. We are in so much trouble in this country and the NHS will not be able to cope when this chicken comes home to roost πŸ™

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