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Is 1 litre of whiskey a day a problem?

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  • Posted By: Waddingham
  • November 1, 2009
  • 00:14 PM

My partner Fred drinks 1 litre of whiskey a day. He sleeps about 20 hours a day throughout 24 hours. He only eats a few mouthfuls of food at a time and he is jaundiced. He never washes, changes his clothes or leaves the setee. He has a history of heart disease and has been given medical advice to stop drinking but will not listen. We live in Bulgaria in a very small village where medical support is very different to either the U.S. or U.K. There is only me to look after him and I am going downhill fast. Please explain what is happening, give me advice, send me a gun for either myself or Fred (only joking). At least I have still got some semblance of humour.:confused::confused:

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  • My partner Fred drinks 1 litre of whiskey a day. He sleeps about 20 hours a day throughout 24 hours. He only eats a few mouthfuls of food at a time and he is jaundiced. He never washes, changes his clothes or leaves the setee. He has a history of heart disease and has been given medical advice to stop drinking but will not listen. We live in Bulgaria in a very small village where medical support is very different to either the U.S. or U.K. There is only me to look after him and I am going downhill fast. Please explain what is happening, give me advice, send me a gun for either myself or Fred (only joking). At least I have still got some semblance of humour.:confused::confused:First and foremost, thank you for taking the time and energy to post on behalf of your husband's health and wellbeing. I am not a medical professional but I know enough to say with some authority that this is affecting your health and wellbeing just as much, if not more.Currently, it sounds like you're supporting your husband above and beyond what I would consider the remit of shared nuptuality. However, it would be morally unjust of me to consider you just remove yourself (and your children if you have any) and absolve yourself of a burden that is having a profound effect on your life.Addressing your question about drinking a litre of whiskey a day, I can also tell you that this is indeed very bad for your husband's health and here's why:Most whiskey has an ABV of 40%.A 1 litre (1,000ml) bottle of this whisky thereforecontains 400ml of pure alcohol. This is 40 units(as 10ml of pure alcohol = one unit).A safe level of drinking is considered to be:Three to four units a day if you’re a man, or;Two to three units a day if you’re a woman.This means your husband is in drinking in excess of 10 times the recommended safe level.Depending on how long your husband has been drinking, and to this degree; your husband is facing irrepairable damage to his internal organs, in particular his liver, which is at risk of cirrhosis - a consequence of chronic liver disease characterised by replacement of liver tissue by fibrous scar tissue. This causes progressive loss of liver function, and in advance stages, the only option is a liver transplant.It sounds as though your hsuband has given up on life, given up on you and your family and is causing major psychological damage to those around him. If you have access to councilling, I suggest you seek some as a matter of urgency. If the normal channels do not work for you, please do not give up. If the only option for you is to remove yourself, then this is a decision you will have to make yourself.I hope this has helped answer your question, and please remember that you're not alone and there is help out there, even if it's just posting to this forum for the time being. Try to stay strong and think positively and eventually, you will enable yourself to take back control of your own life - with or without your husband.Wishing you and your husband the very best of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2009
    • 02:06 PM
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  • My partner Fred drinks 1 litre of whiskey a day. He sleeps about 20 hours a day throughout 24 hours. He only eats a few mouthfuls of food at a time and he is jaundiced. He never washes, changes his clothes or leaves the setee. He has a history of heart disease and has been given medical advice to stop drinking but will not listen. We live in Bulgaria in a very small village where medical support is very different to either the U.S. or U.K. There is only me to look after him and I am going downhill fast. Please explain what is happening, give me advice, send me a gun for either myself or Fred (only joking). At least I have still got some semblance of humour.:confused::confused:Appearing jaundiced and yellowing of the eyes are most commonly associated with liver problems. Being that he is drinking that much daily, it is extremely likely that there is some liver damage. I would suggest you get him to a doctor and some sort of alcohol rehab if they have it there and if he is willing to go.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • November 1, 2009
    • 03:54 PM
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  • My partner Fred drinks 1 litre of whiskey a day. He sleeps about 20 hours a day throughout 24 hours. He only eats a few mouthfuls of food at a time and he is jaundiced. He never washes, changes his clothes or leaves the setee. He has a history of heart disease and has been given medical advice to stop drinking but will not listen. We live in Bulgaria in a very small village where medical support is very different to either the U.S. or U.K. There is only me to look after him and I am going downhill fast. Please explain what is happening, give me advice, send me a gun for either myself or Fred (only joking). At least I have still got some semblance of humour.:confused::confused:Vitamin B Complex and Lecithin will buy him a little time... Once heavy alcohol users stop eating, they usually go down hill pretty quickly. Anything you can do to get food into him will help. Then B Complex (2 or 3 per day) and at least 3, and better 6 or so Lecithin per day. You should be able to find both these supplements, and they are quite cheap. You should have an action plan as he will probably become very ill, rather suddenly one day and die if he does not get help fast. Good Luck and GodSpeed
    synesthesia 87 Replies
    • November 2, 2009
    • 03:01 AM
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