Abusing Alcohol and It's Long Term Consequences

What You Might Face In The End

Drinking alcohol is something many of us do around the world, but have we really thought about abusing alcohol and it's long term consequences?

I know for a fact that the consequences I might of faced while I abused alcohol was the last thing on my mind. I never gave it a thought, and I bet most of the people that drink and abuse alcohol never thought of it while they pound down the drinks each and everyday.

When we finally decide to get our life back on track, and get sober, is then we will look back at the consequences that could of happened, but then there are those that weren't that lucky and things happened in their life that was bad, all because of alcohol. I was fortunate enough that I caught my addiction just in the nick of time. Others are not so lucky.


A Sea Of Problems When You Abuse Alcohol

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Some Consequences With Abusing Alcohol

Here are a few things that could happen to you, and your life all because you were not a responsible drinker and abused alcohol everyday of your life.

Sooner or later your addiction will catch up with you, and it is then your life will spiral downhill very fast. So fast you won't know what happened, and how you got into this life you now have.

Some Consequences that may happen when you abuse alcohol.

  • Losing your job because of lateness or missing work.
  • Not being able to preform your duties at work.
  • Getting into arguments with your spouse,children, parents and even your boss.
  • Getting into financial trouble.
  • Making poor decisions that would bring negative results.
  • Saying things you would not normally say being sober.
  • Being stopped and given a DUI for drinking and driving.

Paying The Price

Have You Ever Suffered The Consequences Of Your Addiction?

  • Yes
  • No
  • I don't drink to pay the consequences.
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We Never Think What Can Happen When We Abuse Alcohol

I don't think any of us, and that includes me, think what can happen to our lives and the lives that we share each and everyday of our life. Our parents, spouse, children, boyfriends and girlfriends are all effected by someone that drinks and abuses alcohol.

The alcoholic doesn't see what is happening because they are too rapped up in their addiction, and think about alcohol most of their day, and putting alcohol before all else, including the very ones that love and care about them.

Once someone is sober for any length of time, such as me, you look back at those dark days of your addiction, and wonder how in the world your family put up with you while you drank and abused alcohol for all those years.

I look at my past addiction to alcohol and I have to say that I was very blessed to have a wife and children that loved and cared enough about me to stand by my side and never left me do to my addiction.

I must say though, none of them, my wife, children and even my parents were enablers. They were totally against my drinking and how much I drank and never condoned what I was doing or supported my addiction in any way.

When I say, "against my drinking" I mean how much I drank. If I were the type of guy that just had a social drink or two they were fine with that, but I just didn't know when to stop drinking alcohol, and did not by any means drink responsibly.

I am very sure that this is the way with most alcoholics. We just don't know when to stop drinking. It is never enough for us, and in the long run, this addiction to alcohol we have will catch up with us and we will them pay the consequences.


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Think Before You Drink

Yes, think before you drink is what I should of done for all those years of abusing alcohol. I never thought anything would happen to me or my life. I thought I was indestructible and would live forever even when I drank so much.

Have any of you alcoholics out there felt that nothing would ever happen in your life and you would never pay the consequences for drinking and abusing alcohol?

If not, I would advise you from my own experiences of abusing alcohol that sooner or later the price for abusing alcohol will have to be paid, one way or another. Sad to say, but so true, unless you are the most fortunate person in the world and your addiction will have no effect whatsoever on your life and the lives of those that love and care for you.

Just think about what you are doing to your one and only life and the lives you share with. It really is not that hard to stop drinking alcohol if you have the determination and strong desire to change your life. I did it and never thought I could, and so can you!

Life Is A Beautiful Thing When Living It Sober.

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© 2014 Mark Bruno

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ImKarn23 2 years ago

You should be so proud of yourself Mark. It can't be easy to step back from the edge and learn from the view.

I worked with a man who made a conscious decision to just keep drinking - even tho the doc told him it would kill him. his family pleaded to no avail. he was dead at 49.

i don't think that people don't think about the consequences - i think they just don't care.

I'm also in shock at the # of people i KNOW are alcoholics - and yet it doesn't affect their lives.

sharingcaringxx


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Married to an alcoholic, who also abused other drugs (Rx meds) for 11 years, you'll get no argument from me. He was one of those "functioning alcoholics" & also, I SWEAR, must have had a horse shoe up his a$$. In his 40 years of drinking, he has not one DWI, nor was his job jeopardized.

However, he did so much damage to us (our marriage & family) I will not get into it. It's all very much behind me...long ago....and I don't wonder why I stayed for the last 7 years of our marriage. I loved him, I don't "give up" easily & I truly believed he would rid himself of his demons.

He didn't. He still drinks, but now he has a new wife who drinks right along with him. A match made in the depths of Hell.

I went forward and up and never looked back. The experience was an education that in the big scheme of things, I learned to appreciate.

I commend you, my good man. Your awareness, strength & determination worked quite well for you and your family....You have the peace and happiness you deserve....UP++++


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

my dad was an alcoholic, now he has high blood pressure.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Another powerful hub on the topic of alcoholism. I thank you for sharing your story of how you quit drinking and started truly living. I keep saying it but you have such an important mission now that your sober. You will help many others who are suffering.

I have to add to your list of consequences: Early death-my mother died at 39 and my brother died at 40. Alcohol abuse is rampant in our society and it hurts everyone in the process. God Bless you Mark for your commitment to helping others by telling your story :-)


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Karen, thanks so much for stopping by to read and comment. I am sorry to hear of the passing of your friend. So sad and something that could of been avoided only if they would listen. Thanks for your kind words :)


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Paula, Thanks for your comment and I feel so bad that you had to go through all those years of that addiction with your husband. Your kind words to me mean so much and I appreciate it dearly. Now he drink with his new wife? Double trouble ahead. I am happy for you and your new life and being at peace with no addiction problems in your life. God Bless you Paula and your family :)


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

peachpurple- Thank you for reading and your comment. I hope your Dad sees the light and stops drinking and get his health back to the good.


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Linda - Your kind words truly touch my heart Linda. I pray I am helping many that are going through this horrible thing we call alcoholism. I am heartbroken to hear of the death of you Mom and Brother. That is so so sad. I am sorry Linda. God Bless you dear and I love your Bio, it is very impressive! Well done and tell your twin sister the same please :)

Mark


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

Thanks for the nice compliment on my bio here and for your kind words. Alcoholism has been a Big part of my life. As painful as it has been, it has shaped who I have become. I went into the Counseling Psychology field because of it.

Thought I'd drop a link to one of my many stories about alcoholism. If you have time, I'd love you to check it out. God Bless Mark

http://hubpages.com/health/Days-of-Wine-and-RosesM...


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Linda- Thanks I am heading over now to check it out. I would love to be a counselor but I guess it is a bit too late for schooling for me now. I'll be in touch Linda.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

No..No....No! Never use the term "too late!!" There are YEARS ahead for you to do an enormous amount of good.

Most rehab clinics are staffed in large part by "former alcoholics/addicts!" Who do you suppose can relate to other addicts or do a better job of counseling??

The field craves for people like yourself to jump on board. There is a "course" to be completed.....it's not so much like "going to school." Training and courses and also OJT.....Look into it Mark!!


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Paula thank you for the info. I will look into it. Is it a course taken on line? If you know of any links to such sites please send them to me as I will search also.


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Minnetonka Twin 2 years ago from Minnesota

By the way, I forgot to say that I shared this hub all over. This is such a powerful article on alcoholism and I want as many people as possible to see it.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Mark...I do not know of any specifics about the courses. This is what I DO know.....

Someone very close to me, experienced 7 years of addiction (pain meds)...went through In-house Detox and re-hab (30 days) and after care therapy for a few more years.

It was repeatedly suggested to him that he was an ideal candidate to become an addiction counselor. I believe the start is to write up a resume and request a meeting with the Director of any Re-hab Clinic in your area.

From there, you can be privy to all the information necessary to take the courses....they are given at Community Colleges, or in small classroom training sessions where ever they can be set up....sometimes even at the clinics themselves.

The terms of the courses are all different and the cost, if any, is minimal. Tests are given just as in any course. Once you have been certified and receive a license, you are free to apply to available positions. Often, they will automatically place counselors immediately.

This friend of mine went to a Day-Hab clinic where the Director was a man who had been "a hopeless alcoholic" for the first 20 years of his life as an adult.

In another case.....I am familiar with a young man from my home town who was an infamous bar-fly, spending all of his time drinking, stumbling around and screwing up his life. In fact, I personally never saw this pathetic kid sober, even once.

I ran into him when I attended an event at my grand son's school. I was very pleasantly shocked. He was there all cleaned up, dressed well and with a group of teens. Someone there informed me that he had cleaned up his act, went through the training program, worked for 4 years as a counselor and went up the ladder to become the Regional Director of the County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Rehabilitation Program!! He barely looked like the same person.

If you are truly interested, begin looking into this. Good luck.


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Hello the clean life, People don't realize the hurt done to themselves and others by drinking alcohol. It takes you out of your natural, genuine character. It's great that you saw the light in time.


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Minnetonka Twin - Thanks for sharing this article. I hope someone gets the point of how alcohol can not only hurt them self but everyone involved in the alcoholics life. Thank you so much :)


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Minnetonka Twin -Thank you so much for sharing this article. I hope it will help many understand exactly what can happen if they continue to drink and abuse alcohol.


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the clean life 2 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Paula I am so sorry it took so long to reply to your comment. Thanks for the info and I will start to look into this. I am glad your friends are making out well with there new life.

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