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Posted by: Afraid | 2010/08/24

Binge drinking and diabetes

hello sir,i hope u r well?cn u kindly help? my mom is drinking herself to oblivion and denial about and im petrified she will die.she already has diabetes and hbp.we lost my dad in december in and even though she was stl a big drinker when he was stl alive nw its spiraled out of control.she is normal otherwise,has a respectbl job,pays her bills,saves etc and argues if she were an alcoholic she wouldnt be able to sustain all these thngs.at nite she falls asleep at sinks,is incoherently drunk,staggers.when my brothers and i tell her we cnt handle another funeral she must stop she says theres no point in living anyway as my dad is gone.im the first born i feel i must do smthn 2 preserve our family bt what?.i couldnt survive another death.

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Heavy drinking is always bad for one's physical and mental health, and more so if one already has diabetes.
Most problem drinkers come up with elaborate arguments as to why THEY are not alcoholics ( like heavy smokers who claim they won't suffer lung problems, because they don't leave messy ashtrays stuffed with cigarette butts, like those shown in some health warning ads.)
When she says she sees no point in living after your dad's death, this suggests there could well be a degree of Depression and/or a bereavement being rally badly handled, fuelling the extra heavy drinking.
Talk to her calmly, about how, whether or not technically an alcoholic, her drinking is still a swerious problem and a serious risk, that her children still love her very much and need her around even more since the loss of your dad. With proper expert help she could be feeling happier and manage better without the alcohol, and play an even more central role in the family.
Ultimately, the trouble is that it is impossible to treat alcoholism / problem drinking ( or indeed most other health problems ) unless and until the idividual recognizes that there is a problem, and sincerely takes part actively in its treatment and resolution.

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Posted by: cybershrink | 2010/08/25

Heavy drinking is always bad for one's physical and mental health, and more so if one already has diabetes.
Most problem drinkers come up with elaborate arguments as to why THEY are not alcoholics ( like heavy smokers who claim they won't suffer lung problems, because they don't leave messy ashtrays stuffed with cigarette butts, like those shown in some health warning ads.)
When she says she sees no point in living after your dad's death, this suggests there could well be a degree of Depression and/or a bereavement being rally badly handled, fuelling the extra heavy drinking.
Talk to her calmly, about how, whether or not technically an alcoholic, her drinking is still a swerious problem and a serious risk, that her children still love her very much and need her around even more since the loss of your dad. With proper expert help she could be feeling happier and manage better without the alcohol, and play an even more central role in the family.
Ultimately, the trouble is that it is impossible to treat alcoholism / problem drinking ( or indeed most other health problems ) unless and until the idividual recognizes that there is a problem, and sincerely takes part actively in its treatment and resolution.

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