How Drinking Alcohol Regularly Can Ruin Your Health and Your Life

Denise Larkin By Denise Larkin, 2nd Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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My brother was an alcoholic. Read this to understand what alcohol can do to you and how it can ruin your life and your health.

Alcohol Dependence

Drinking alcohol on a regular basis can be harmful. The more alcohol you drink, the more it gets into the blood stream and starts attacking the immune system. Consuming alcohol regularly can, also, turn you into an alcoholic, as the effects of the alcohol will start to become a habit, then an addiction.

Drinking Alcohol

I remember when my brother was only fifteen years old when he had his first drink. It was a mistake for him to drink alcohol, as he would come to like it too much and he did not want to stop. Our granddad was a raging alcoholic too and it seemed to run in the family. My brother, Louie, began drinking secretly in his room at first or going out with a friend who, also, liked a drink, but it was only him who continued to want drink more.

He slowly got into the habit to want alcohol regularly, like twice a week. It didn't ruin his school life, but it did ruin his work life in the end. He was a painter and decorator and trained at college. He was brilliant at his job and was always in demand for work, but his drinking addiction became a problem. Things would happen and it would ruin his work life. For instance, when he started a new job working for a company as their regular painter and decorator, and on one particular day when it was someone's birthday, he got invited out for a drink at a pub in the lunch hour. Well, he was doomed because he got very drunk and was sent home for the rest of the day. He should have turned up for work the next day, but instead, he went out drinking and eventually he lost his job.

This sort of thing carried on for another year. He was in and out of jobs too. Also, the drink was starting to change him, making him violent and angry whenever he drank. In the end, he had to move out of our parent's house, because he was so reckless and drunk all the time, and he would always be starting arguments with everyone.

Twenty Five Years Later

Still, 25 years later and he is worse than ever. His life has been thrown away for his liver has now deteriorated, which will kill him. Not long ago, he nearly died from a bleeding ulcer and was luckily saved by having an operation at the hospital, which left him with a huge scar. Of course, he is still drinking. He looks awful and has resorted to living in a room in a house all on his own. He has nothing in his life and no one, as he is still single. People look at him like he is weird, as he is always drunk and falling over when he is out. He always looks shabby and he appears to others as if he is mentally ill in some way.

He has had help twice. He went into a home for rehab help, where he had his own private room and was put on detox medication to help him stop his alcohol addiction. Of course, this did not last, as he walked out 8 days later when the medication was stopped. This is the problem for him. When the medication is stopped, he has trouble coping with himself and things get so bad that he ends up going back to the drink.

He doesn't know anymore how to cope with life after coming off the medication, so he resorts to giving up. He cannot cope with the pain and he does not know how to cope.

What Alcohol Does To You

Now, he is 39 years old. His life never really began, because he was so stuck on alcohol. He has become an old man too quickly and if he carries on this way he will not live for much longer. He drinks everyday now, because he needs it. If he goes without a drink for a day, he will end up having a convulsive fit.

He, also, has a damaged liver and may not live if he carries on drinking alcohol. He could die of liver failure very soon if he does not do something about it. It is very sad for all of us. To look at him in this way.

So, if you know of anyone that regularly drinks alcohol, or is starting to, please help them to stop or pass this article on to them to read. Everyone should think twice about drinking alcohol regularly. You are at risk of becoming addicted if you don't stop.


This is an old article that I have written some time ago. Another updated article will be published about my brother and what has happened to him today. So, please watch out for this piece of writing.


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author avatar Denise Larkin
I write articles based on travel, news, television, movies or on anything else that interests me. I live in the United Kingdom and I am from London. I have been writing for 18 years!

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author avatar Denise O
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Denise, my heart goes out to you and your family. Alcohol does so much damage, both mentally, physically, on you and on those that love you. So sad. Just a tear breaking story. Have a blessed day. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Songbird B
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

How painful to watch your brother destroy himself like this. Alcohol is one of the most accepted drugs of all. This must have been difficult to write Denise..Thank you for wanting to share it as a warning to others who may be treading a similar path..

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author avatar Denise Larkin
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Yes you are right. It was hard to write it, but I have to warn others that drinking too much alcohol can be a problem for anyone.

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author avatar Jerry Walch
2nd Mar 2012 (#)

Everybody has already said it for me< Denise. I guess that I'm one of the fortunate because alcohol has never been a problem for anyone in my family. Many of us drink but none of us drink to excess.

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author avatar Buzz
3rd Mar 2012 (#)

I drink occasionally but not habitually. Thank you for sharing this from which a lesson can be learned. Looking forward to your update.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
5th Mar 2012 (#)

Denise I will surely be looking to read how your brother is today...very sad and powerful article, thanks Denise...

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author avatar Tranquilpen
13th Mar 2012 (#)

First off, I thought it was my youngest daughter living in Dublin writing under a pen name. Your resemblance to her is uncanny. So often people can see imaginary likenesses but let me assure you this is scary. Anyhow, enough of that, my son living in the UK is pretty much a teetotaler... as far as I know. I can see that you care for your brother very deeply. You need to find out why he dislikes himself so terribly, they usually feel unloved and rejected and don't expect kindness. Coming from a house where both my parents drank heavily, I am thankful, that their bad example had actually had the opposite effect on me since I detest the stuff which had the power to turn two otherwise, loving and kind people into monsters. Thank you for sharing Denise

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author avatar Denise Larkin
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Please part 2 of this article so you will understand what happened to my brother in the end. Thanks for reading.

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author avatar Denise Larkin
24th Apr 2012 (#)

I meant to say please read part 2 of this article. Thanks.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
23rd Apr 2012 (#)

well Denise I have been drinking wine for over 30 years..2 glasses a now in my 70's, Iook about 60 and have a body of a 30 year old doing 5 yoga classes a week//so I guess different strokes for different folks.

am sorry about your brother and send you much love and light..

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author avatar Denise Larkin
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Please read part 2 of this story about my brother as you will learn what happened to him in the end. Thanks for reading cnwriter.

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