My stepdaughter's mother has been drinking heavy for about 16 years. At first her drink of choice was beer- and it moved to vodka about 10 years ago. She lives about 5 hours from us, and we only see her every other month or so. My stepdaughter knows that her mom is an alcoholic, and chooses to stay away from her alot of the time. Cancels weekends with her mom etc. 2 days ago, we saw her mom for the first time since August. Her eyes are yellow, and she looks puffy in the face. About a year ago, she went in to see the dr because she was having tingling in her arms and hands when she laid down (unsure of other times) and they said her heart was damaged a bit. We dont know the full story- just her symptoms. She always has stomach issues- pains in her stomach- and loose stools. Her teeth are looking bad, and her eyes are starting to sink in. My husband and I know that there is something going on with her- and that she is sick. She complains that she is always tired- sleeping about 10 hours on her days off. Last July, while dropping off my stepdaughter at our meeting place, her mom was uneasy on her feet. She looked like she was drinking- we talked to her about it- and she said she was just so tired she couldnt walk. I have looked all over the internet, and all of this comes up Cirrhosis of the Liver... but now what? She wont get treatment. She doesnt know that she is 'dying'. She says that she doesnt drink AT ALL.. when we know she does. She is in denial. My question here is- how fast does this go? What are the symptoms I should be looking for? She drinks about 2 pints of vodka daily. She is drunk on a daily basis. Like I said, we cant make her stop... her family is ALL alcoholics.. so no help there. She wont take help from us.. we are the enemy. She wont listen to her 14 year old daughter.. who is hurting so much. For my stepdaughters sake, I dont want her to die! So, again, what are the stages? What stage is she in? What can we expect if she continues to drink like she does?
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