Consequences of Alcoholism
When you’re pregnant, you’re not just eating for two. You’re drinking, breathing, and living for two. Therefore, it is very important to carefully consider the things that you give your body and eventually your baby. So when you eat junk, your baby eats junk too. When you smoke or drink, your baby receives traces of nicotine and alcohol too. And when you take illegal drugs, your baby gets affected as well.
Alcohol can be confusing. It can be highly addictive for some, while there are others who can drink every weekend and still maintain safe drinking boundaries. In this case, alcohol is selectively addictive.
In an episode aired September 29 at 8pm on GMA NewsTV 11, Brigada features Bridges of Hope as it interviews Envic Zamora, Bridges of Hope Executive Director, about alcoholism and treatment options available for alcoholics. In this episode, reporter Jay Zabale goes in depth on the different issues about alcohol and how drinking is deeply rooted in Filipino culture.
Although the Philippines has a comparatively lower suicide rate than its neighboring countries, the increase in the number of Filipinos committing suicide over the last decades is something that cannot be ignored. From 1984 to 2005, the suicide rate in our country has increased from 0.46 to 7 out of every 200,000 men, and from 0.24 to two for every 200,000 women. Majority of these cases involve young people aged 24 years old and below.
Hollywood has long been well-known to be peppered with celebrities with different addiction–alcohol, cocaine, and heroin, to name just a few.
In fact, the latest Academy Awards has seen Los Angeles street artist named Plastic Jesus spoofing the award-giving body’s famous statue, Oscar. In the picture below is a life-size Oscar statue snorting cocaine on Hollywood Boulevard.
The holidays and festivities are about to be over and you’re still revving yourself up for the last hurrah of New Year’s Eve parties. However, before you get yourself on another alcohol binge, read up on how drinking too much alcohol too often affects you.
…This is a recipe for disaster. Don’t mar the festivity of the holiday season with the wrong decision.
“One more quick hit then I’ll quit. Promise.”
Have you said these words to yourself many times before? How about yesterday? And then today? Read the rest of this entry »
What if you wake up one day to find that your husband or wife is an addict?
Whether it is alcohol, cocaine, marijuana, prescription drugs, gambling, or any other substance or activity, finding out that your loved one is addicted can be a hard pill to swallow. And for some, it is not an overnight discovery. More often than not, it is a slow peeling of layers upon layers of lies and deception that leaves the addict’s partner devastated as their life together goes on a rapidly accelerating downward spiral.
“When I hear or read people say they are addicted to shoes, or chocolates, or this tv show or that dish…I cringe,” says Carla*, a twenty-something mother of two.
She adds, “Obviously, these people take the word ‘addiction’ too lightly without knowing how that very word has devastated me, my family, and everyone else who deals with the harsher, more merciless meaning of ADDICTION.”