Where to now?

So, where do we go from here? Like I’ve said at the start, there are a lot of support services out there. It’s just a case of reaching out and making that decision to stop drinking. You may well have developed an alcohol-related condition by now. you’ll, therefore, understand that for you, alcohol is a poison. It is going to be hard to have to admit to yourself that alcohol is now controlling your life. To stop drinking and get control of your life back again, it’s got to be a genuine conscious decision to want to quit. it’s not going to work if we just say, I’ll cut down on my drinking, or I’ll only drink alcohol free-lagers instead. Sadly we are all only human, and our lifestyles and burdens make us who we are today. There is a quote by B.J. Neblett that goes, “We are the sum total of our experiences. Those experiences – be they positive or negative – make us the person we are, at any given point in our lives. And, like a flowing river, those same experiences, and those yet to come, continue to influence and reshape the person we are, and the person we become. None of us are the same as we were yesterday, nor will be tomorrow.” We may have allowed certain situations from our past that still affect us today. We may not realise it at the time, but our subconscious mind will always remind us of happier times when we were younger, adventurous and wild. Or you could just be a social drinker who has a few drinks every night. It’s these cycles we’re going to have to break to get our lives back on track. But it has to be YOUR decision. Ask yourself why you need a drink? What is it that’s making you crave alcohol? Once you realise what it is, you can ask yourself, Okay, so now I know why, what am I going to do to make things right?” This is a case of turning a negative into a positive. Above all be honest with yourself. Try and talk about the journey that’s taken you to this point in your life. Try and share with others. We may all have different stories to tell, but you’ll be surprised that there will be others out there who can relate to what you’re saying. The next thing you’ll realise is that you’re not just helping yourself by offloading, but you’re also helping others too. Once again, your turning negatives into a positive. Speak to your GP about support groups in your area. Or just Google “Local Support Groups”. When you next visit your doctor, ask them if you can have a “Liver Function Test”? This is just a blood test, which will show up any signs of liver damage. Depending on the results, further tests may be required, like and MRI/CT scan or maybe even a Fibroscan. This will show how well or poorly your liver is. This is important if your liver is at the Fatty Liver stage, then this is reversible. AlcoChange AlcoChange is a novel, smartphone-based app and breathalyser to facilitate self-monitoring of alcohol consumption. A pilot study was funded by The Health Foundation as part of its Innovating for the Improvement programme. This may be of great help for those wishing to stop drinking, either by choice or because of medical reasons. It is hoped that this service may be on offer on the NHS in the near future. For more information, please use the following link: http://www.alcochange.com/

Where to Now?

The Liver Life Project