Every three weeks Jo goes to the hospital so that through needles, tubes and a very painful process, they remove 23 liters of accumulated fluid.
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Jo, a 35-year-old girl from England, has a belly about 9 months pregnant, but the truth is that this young woman is not, according to what the Newsner Portal published, because the true reason for her condition is that Jo used alcoholic beverages.
A cirrhosis of the liver, a condition in which the good tissue of this organ is replaced causing an accumulation of water in the abdomen, ankles, feet and hands.
Every three weeks, Jo needs to go to the hospital so that through needles, tubes and a very painful process, they remove 23 liters of accumulated fluid.
This young woman’s history of alcohol dependence began after working in a bar for years, she could not stop drinking and for 5 more years she continued to drink until she drank 3 bottles of wine daily. Jo is currently sober, although the damage to her liver is permanent.
Alcohol dependence and its consequences
Alcoholism is a chronic disease in which the person consumes alcohol excessively and uncontrollably, producing a change in the behavior of the person and the family, it also affects several organs of the body.
As stated by Dr. Andrés Ramirez in an article published in El Comercio, »The heart, stomach, brain, liver, kidney, skin and lungs present short and long-term sequelae due to ingested alcoholic degrees, according to medical research ”.
Although not all people become alcoholic just by consuming alcohol sometimes, there are factors that can determine this disease such as genetics, personality, personal problems and social environment.
The level of tolerance in an alcoholic person refers to the ability of the person to consume more and more to obtain the same result, creating a total and uncontrollable dependence.
Alcoholic liver disease
Commonly known as “cirrhosis,” and it is damage to the liver and its function due to alcohol consumption. This condition does not occur in all people who drink, but after many years of drinking the chances increase, it is a disease that occurs more in women than men.
Your symptoms are:
Loss of appetite
Stomach pain, accompanied by nausea
Cobweb-like blood vessels in the skin
Accumulation of fluid in the legs and stomach
Yellow skin color
Cirrhosis is an irreversible condition, and in some cases a liver transplant is required. However, a change in lifestyle, diet, medical care, and of course drink less or stop completely, will help to have a better quality of life.
If you need it ask for help
Quitting drinking is a long and difficult road, but not impossible. Everyone in the family or acquaintances has heard stories of someone who “stopped drinking, changed his life, and never drank again.”
There are many ways to ask for help, one is through the help groups known as Alcoholics Anonymous, you can also turn to your family doctor or a therapist, the important thing is to know how to ask for help, because a person with alcohol dependence problems it affects the whole family besides him / herself.
According to those in the know, the first step to stop drinking is to be ready and determined to change, and then ask for the necessary help. We all have challenges to face, some more difficult than others, but that’s what life is all about, and if we have a family, all the more reason, because surely they are the first to support and accompany us on the road to recovery.