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According to Kramer, “the theory is that alcohol alters the level of steroid sex hormones which has been implicated as a cause of PMS.” He said alcohol might also affect certain brain neurochemicals, including serotonin, that “have an impact or causal effect on PMS as well.”. Analyzing 19 previously published studies of alcohol and PMS, researcher found that risk for PMS risk was 45% higher in women who reported drinking than in non-drinkers. Women who were heavy drinkers, drinking more than one drink per day) were 79% more likely to have PMS than non-drinkers. Alcohol can also contribute to magnesium deficiencies, and magnesium may actually help with bloating. So while it may be extremely tempting to.

Previous observational studies have identified a greater use of alcohol among PMS/PMDD sufferers; however, Bertone-Johnson and colleagues note that this may be attributed to an attempt to ease symptoms rather than being a cause of symptoms.14 And although it’s often recommended to decrease alcohol intake to reduce PMS symptoms, authors of this study feel this is mainly anecdotal. Approximately 56% of people who are bipolar experience alcohol or drug addiction during their lifetime. Alcohol is the most commonly-abused substance of choice for bipolar people – 46% are addicted to alcohol or have abused alcohol in the past. 41 % are addicted to drugs or have abused drugs in the past. If you suffer from PMS and Fibromyalgia, it is important to have these neurotransmitter levels tested to find if there is a link between the cause of these two conditions.

2) Painful Periods: Also known as dysmenorrhea, this condition is very common. Both hydrocodone and alcohol cause similar effects in the brain, so they can compound each other’s intoxication, making a person feel very high or drunk. When these substances are used in combination, risk of overdose and death is very high.

Struggling with Hydrocodone and Alcohol Unfortunately, opioid painkillers have proven very addictive. At first, alcohol can help reduce stress, but it’s a slippery slope. Alcohol is a depressant, meaning that it slows our bodies down and helps us feel more relaxed. However, intoxication isn’t permanent. The average man can process alcohol at a rate of about 1 drink per.

We know that sugar, caffeine, alcohol, stress, and lack of exercise all contribute to worsening PMS. It is also true that dairy consumption can worsen hormonal imbalances because of all the hormones in milk. So I had her change her diet, take a few supplements and herbs, and start exercising — and within just one cycle, her life changed. Since the typical male stores extra fat in his abdomen and chest, the implication is clear: overconsumption of alcohol can trigger the development of fatty man boobs.

If you have enlarged male breasts, the best way to understand the underlying cause or causes is to consult a board certified plastic surgeon with substantial experience in.

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Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and aggravates the depression associated with PMS.

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Since alcohol places a strain on the liver, it is believed to be a culprit in PMS.

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Alcohol intake is associated with an increase in premenstrual anxiety and mood changes, and smoking is associated with menstrual cramps and back pain.

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This is of particular relevance where we see suppressed liver functionality, such as with recovery from alcohol addiction, as well as estrogen dominance as observed with marked premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms.

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Excessive alcohol consumption and a high-fat diet can worsen PMS symptoms.

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Some studies have found that nulliparity, earlier menarche, higher alcohol and caffeine intake, more stress, and higher body mass index are risk factors for certain PMS symptoms.

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ioint pain. and water retention, and they may contribute to moodiness, irritability, and alcohol cravings—all common PMS symptoms.

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These hormonal changes act like toxins in the brain and can create feelings of low self­esteem, hypersensitivity, sadness, and anger, symptoms we typically associate with PMS (premenstrual syndrome).

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PMS is also related to a monthly depletion of the chemical serotonin, which both maintains mood and regulates bodily rhythms and may increase stress and depressive symptoms.

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Several studies have shown that PMS tends to be more severe among women who drink alcohol.

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  • Now keep in mind that some human or group came up with these terms somewhere in the past. So you feed off their opinions. Do you have any ideas of your own? You were told this since you were in school. I was told Christopher Columbus discovered America but now I know he was a savage, rapist, tyrant. Soo my only point is this sounds like it came from a textbook

  • Awareness is the key. Suffering is not oppositional. You have 2 choices in life. You can suffer for 1 hrs. And 23 hrs of happiness or the alternative. 23 hrs of pain and 1 hrs of happiness. Pick door 1 or door 2. I find suffering for 1 hrs. Is your best option. Go thru the pain for the 1 hrs each day.

  • In 2 weeks I turn 38. What’s special about turning 38. Well 3/10/12 I received a gift. To this day that’s my last drink. 6 days after a blessing I get to say 4,000 days sober. That is the best gift in the world. I upset my Family. I lied stole money and hurt myself. Now my Brother’s first born I am blessed to be her God Parent. They say quitting is bad. Quitting drinking gave me a life when I tried to end my life. It’s possible and there is a way out!

  • Katie my mom suffers from road and depression and she’s developed alcoholism over the years and we can’t find her a good therapist and insurance won’t cover her psych meds so every time she sobers up she’s good until ger meds run out then she turns to alcohol. We don’t know what to do. Any advice? We live in Arizona. We don’t know who to ask for help. She’s gone to detox several times in fhe past few months but after she runs out of tge meds she’s been given her issues get back out of control and our insurance won’t cover it refills and the only therapists our insurance will cover are booked like 6 months out.

  • What if you’re considered to have white privilege… Have no health insurance and they think that you have everything you need. Who the hell do you trust to help?

  • 10 years sober from Alcohol, Benzodiazepine, Heroin and Cocaine. I nearly died because of pancreatitis. That was a wakeup-call! Those ten years weren’t easy. My dad, whom i cared for since my teens, died, we lost our baby and so much more. I learned not to search for reasons to use. It is still one day after another. Today, once again: i will not use. It worked for me. It can work for everyone! Believe in you!!!!

  • So what if one can control how often they drink and they don’t drink and drive, but when they drink they just don’t know when to stop, and they drink until they black out then keep drinking. how would you classify that?
    also the same person craves the numb feeling from being drunk or high off weed or numb from benadryl (6 -10 pills) what would you say, or recommend to this person?

  • OH MY GOD, am I an alcoholic?????????
    Literally relate to EVERY. SINGLE. EXAMPLE.
    I’m not even kidding.
    Every. single. one.

    Oh my God. I’m drinking right now.

  • Great video. I agree with your statement about al-anon. They are an oasis of sanity. What I learned from them helps me in all my relationships.

  • alcoholism is very sneaky, its starts by drinking alcohol and its great, you have the time of your life, you want to drink because you enjoy it, until it isn’t, alcoholism is when you have to drink and don”t enjoy it.

  • I drink in order to avoid withdrawals from opioids. I drink three to four days straight and then stop. Sometimes for more than a year. I don’t care about labels. I know in my heart alcohol is a means to an end. My last stretch was two YEARS alcohol free. I disbelieve in stopping drinking altogether. I will have a couple drinks a year to enjoy the pastime. My doctor prescribes opioids once a month because of invasive back surgery three year ago. It’s less effective now at the starting dose. Before the month is up, I’ve run out. My doctor increases the pill count, four a day, but I still run out less than a week before my next refill. I’ve gone through withdrawal from opioids many times with nothing to fall back on, i.e cold turkey. I find that alcohol makes withdrawals a little more bearable. As a matter of fact, I hardly notice opioid withdrawals at all while drinking. I consume a lot though. Six beers and a third of a bottle of whiskey per day. I consider alcohol a tool and I use it. IMO I’m neither an abuser or addict with alcohol. BTW, psychologists are full of shit. No one on God’s green earth fits the psychologists profile. Fucking doctors, smh.

  • Anyone who abuses alcohol is an alcoholic. I’m in my 40th year of sobriety, I’ve helped thousands of alcohol abusers. Alcohol is a drug.

  • Honestly I wish I never touched alcohol in my life because the start of alcohol made me start nicotine and then I experimented with different stuff and the cycle goes on and on…yeah I do my job and function like a “normal person” but every week I’ll drink or if I’m bored i don’t say walk in the park but I drink. I once went without alcohol for a month and I’m like ok I’m pretty good but my friends are like ey man let’s drink and I would say “I’m good” but they’re like pussy so I drink because I don’t want to be the odd one out. Yes I’m a alcoholic I wish the day me and everyone I know have fun not because of alcohol just enjoy life, have fun someone whoever you are and stay safe.

  • I’m tired of lying to drink
    It’s crippling my life
    I abuse alcohol
    In the sense that I wake up drink before work at and or after
    Those small dollar shot but I know it’s not right I accept I’m an alcoholic and I need to stop or drastically reduce my drinking my father is an alcoholic and I seen him lose everything even me….I don’t need to stop I WANT to stop…today I will throw away the bottle I got as a gift and will be my first step
    I got caught this morning with a cup of Canada dry mixed with rum
    It was 7am

  • I have a friend (no seriously, this story is NOT about me) who I am not sure is an abuser or an alcoholic, but what I do know is he is a functioning alcoholic. Maybe that is the same, I don’t know. I’ve known him for about 8 years now. Our friendship has always been causal, hang out every other weekend for a burger and a beer, nothing crazy. Then 2 years ago we decided to move in together and I began to see his problem or bad habits if you will. It really annoyed me as a friend and roommate. I am not sure if these are considered signs but these were the bad habits that I hated about him:

    1) His choice of booze is Vodka and soda and I literally felt like I was living in a bar. There had to be constant ice available in ice bucket. Always had a bottle of Vodka ready in the freezer. Always had stacks of empty soda cans laying out on the kitchen counter.

    2) Whenever we were out together but not too far from the house he would always say “Let’s go home for a few minutes, I need to take the edge off”.

    3) Whenever we would plan to hang out later that night, when I came home from work to get ready he was already “pre-gaming”. He would get home before I did and get loose on booze as a cop out on being the designated driver.

    We only lived together a year and then I got the hell out of there because of it. I won’t mention his mood swings from drinking because that’s another story but I do remember a funny remark he made about drinking. It was back around September I had offered him a bet of $100 to not drink for a whole month starting now. He replied back “No problem I can easily win that bet. However, we cannot start it now because Halloween is coming up, then Thanksgiving, then Christmas parties at work and then New Years. Let’s start this bet January”. LOL!

  • My dad’s side of the family is riddled with Alcoholics:/ After he died I did little contact with them as possible after one Thanksgiving my Aunt called me up, drunk and had me in tears. So I distanced myself as much as possible cause I was a kid but knew better.
    When I was diagnosed with Bipolar I thought they might have it due to how much they drank to hide their problems:/
    Doesn’t this all boil down to addiction? If addicted to one thing you are more likely to be addicted to other things?

  • Glad i don’t have this problem. Didn’t have my first beer til i was in my mid 30s. Drank 2 beers with dinner every nite. Stopped beer 6 months. Only have wine with dinner now. Never smoked, did drugs or drank hard liquor. Never been drunk, never had a hangover, never passed out etc. I’m proud of that. May God help those with this problem.

  • Some people drink because of sheer loneliness and a few unattended thoughts on their minds. AA is great, but what about the rest of us who just need some company and conversation instead of reaching for a drink once in a while? Night time alone is why i have a drink. Not always, but Saturday nights are tough to not drink.

  • Hello
    My name is marshall…
    Im an alcoholic..
    I gotta deasise and i dont
    Know what to call it…
    Better hide your wallet
    Coz im coming whick to strip our cash

  • hey Kati I love ur videos. Im 14 and i was wondering if u could give me an idea of what’s wrong with me I keep seeing shadows and people that arnt their and I hear voices I can’t concentrate in school anymore and when i try to put sentances togather it just dosent work somtimes, I can’t tell my parents because I’m not close with them at all and it’s just getting worse please help.

  • My friend drinks 2-4 glasses of hard liquor with cranberry juice and ice every night either at home or bar also when at home he smokes a bit of weed while drinking…he doesn’t look drunk but his speech gets slushy….is he an alcoholic?

  • I drink nothing but alcohol for 8 years with the intent of killing myself by it but instead I’m in really good health it really doesn’t make sense

  • My AA sponsor drank after 27 years of sobriety. He said well at least he had the 27 years. That is a good attitude. He can never lose those 27 years and the things he accomplished. And he can pick sobriety back up again anytime he wants. If enough bad crap happens, anyone might turn to alcohol. Personally I don’t think anyone is immune to alcohol abuse at certain points in their lives if the right asshole (man or woman) shows up.

  • You’ve got no idea, the definitions you give here are kidding people. I wouldn’t recommend you go to any of the people she suggests. If you think you have a problem or more likely if someone you know thinks you have a problem go to the front of the phone book and give them a call. In my experience it’s the only thing that works. I was ‘abusing alcohol’ until I realised I am an alcoholic. Whether you’ve had a drink recently or not ask yourself can you stop once you start? If the answer is no then AA is the only way

  • This was really interesting. I’m on Day 115 but for the last few days I’ve had bad wine cravings, and I do have PMS right now. Last night I dreamt that I drank wine but in the dream I woke up the next morning and was relieved that I just had one glass. In real life, I woke up relieved that it was a dream, but tonight the cravings are back stronger than ever.

  • How to talk to somebody you’re seeing signs that they are abusing alcohol? Specially if they’re denying it to themselves and if you try to talk to them they become angry and aggressive?

  • This is an awful video. She’s talking about alcoholics the whole time but she’s trying to differentiate between alcoholics and alcohol abuse. Her arguments are muddy. You don’t need to be physically dependent on alcohol to be an alcoholic! There are very few people who are physically dependent on it.

    You don’t have to label yourself an alcoholic if you don’t want to but get help with your drinking problem anyway! Fighting it all alone won’t work in the short term or the long term. Get help!

  • i spent the entire day with a friend that stooped in every gas station to buy beer, 12 in less than 2 hours, i spent the whole time telling him that he had to stop or he is going to put himself in even more trouble than he already was, i wont specify but is related to alcool anyway, he didn’t listen, he crashed is mom’s car in the sidewalk 1 hour and half ago, how can i help this moron? This guy have the biggest drawing skills i have ever seen in my life, his father is in Hospital with cancer and he is the only income source in his household, i get the why he does it i truly do, but if he continues down this path he is going too run himself into a corner and im afraid of what i might do.

  • Everyone tries to sum it up as “if you care you’ll quit” but it’s never that simple. I’m not even 22 yet. Went to a military sponsored rehab program just 3 months after my 21st. Turning to alcohol was fun at first, just part of military culture. But it takes over. I could have the best or second best day of my life, absolutely no reason to drink, but my mind would and will find a way to nit pick all the bad shit just to give me an excuse to drink. After all, it’s about the only stable and consistent thing I’ve had in my life. “Oh you’re happy?” “Drink about it.” “Shitty day?” “Drink about it.” How can one turn down something that has quite literally accompanied me through all my highs and lows? My final week in rehab and everyone knew I’d be back in the same shoes I was in before I arrived. My only fear about my drinking is the possibility of waking up in a cell one day and being told “you killed _ last night driving, you’re waiting to be arraigned.” Yet I always turn to it because I don’t have to think so much about how shitty a place I’m in or how negative it’s gotten if I’m blacked out by 1500. It is a battle. I think the hardest ones to win are within yourself because at the end of the day how the fuck do I prove my own self I was wrong about something? Especially when it feels so right..

  • My mom and dad both have this problem (my dad was a addict to narcotics) but both of havw problems with pills and drinking, my dad has clinical BPD and other various mental illnesses. They got divorced when I was very little because of it, but my mom thinks she’s not a alcoholic which she very much is. Me and my mom also have type 1 diabetes and the alcohol (smoking and drug use) does not help her blood sugars. I am very worried about her she doesnt properly take care of herself bscause of her alcoholism. (Diabetes also gives you mayjor organ damage if not taken careof properly) so this is concering. Im also very worried putting her in the detox centers because of her illnesses. I’m scared she’s not going to be taken care of properly if any one can help me with this problem or has a simlar situation please reply. I’m at my witts end about this and its getting worse with time.

  • I was never an alcoholic. Got the taste for it after a few pints, sure. But i never felt compulsion. Looking back, i was a drunken sot. Now, i’d rather have a cup of coffee.

  • Problem is when all their friends are alcholics as well. How the hell can you convince them to stop? I think I need Al Anon..any thoughts on it? Anyone been and it helps them?

  • Hey Kati,
    I just had my last session of therapy and me and my therapist went out to eat to kind of find a good ending. (I was in therapy for bulimia as well as depression and social anxiety going out to eat has triggered a lot of my fears in the past and we wanted to “celebrate” that I can do stuff like that again)
    Is it normal that I am really going to miss her? We had a very good relationship and connected on different levels. I went vegan in my recovery (I admit that I had disordered thoughts surrounding this topic at first, but I’ve always looked at it from an ethical point of view as well) and at first she tried to talk me out of it, but she “came out” as a vegan to me a couple sessions later. From then on she supported my decision while still reminding me that I can’t be too restrictive and that I have to get out of my comfort zone. I can honestly say that I am completely recovered right now I eat intuitively while holding a stable weight, I allow myself to eat vegan junk every now and then and I even enjoy going out to eat. And I am not a “strict” vegan either. I don’t want to support the meat, dairy and egg industry and I do the best I can, but I am not someone who wants her social life to suffer from a personal decision like this if you know what I mean.
    I can handle stress situations without falling into old patterns again. I even managed to get through the German “Abitur” (final exams basically) without even being too stressed out. She taught me how to take care of myself. She made so many connections from my past to now and she helped me to accept myself and my sexuality. Even though I am basically the happiest I have been since childhood, I’m gonna miss having the security of one session a week. The office she worked in is moving away as well she told me that she can’t offer me “official” sessions if something happens, but that I can call her on her phone if I need to. I just want to know if it is normal that I’m going to miss both the security of having a session a week and my therapist as a person. How do I deal with it?I’m a bit sad right now. But I can see that this is a new chapter of my life for me school and therapy are both ending for me. I’m not really scared, but sad about it all ending now…

  • Sorry Susan, but you have to abuse alcohol to become an alcoholic. You fry enough dopamine receptors to set up the phenomenon of craving, and you just can’t seem to experience the high like you used to. The habit of alcohol abuse leads to alcoholism, so call it what you will, it’s just part of the progressive nature of the disease. Alcohol stops working. Dependence is a popular word, but has very little relevance among us recovering folks.

  • I’m a commercial driver I work many hours but at end of the work day I gotta drink til about 12 am everyday of the week I don’t have no social life plz help

  • I’m a alcoholic. I miss use it every time. Well I sound just like your patients. I can’t control it. Keep trying. I’m seven months sober. No opiates either. No cough syrup. No meth. No porn.

  • Алкоголь даже в малых дозах увеличивает риск развития рака!
    Всемирная организация здравоохранения (ВОЗ) признала достоверно доказаной взаимосвязь употребления алкоголя с раком полости рта, носа, гортани, пищевода, толстой кишки, печени и молочной железы.
    Для этого достаточно одного бокала вина в день.
    В целом от 5 до 10% раковых заболеваний могут быть связаны с употреблением алкоголя, а уменьшение его потребления может снизить риск их возникновения.

  • The new term is ALCOHOL USE DISORDER (AUD). Nobody wants to be called an “Alcoholic” and nobody can really define “Alcoholism” in a way that everyone agrees and accepts. AUD seems a better characterization of someone with a drinking problem.

  • Alcohol is best-used as an antiseptic and a biofuel additive for gasoline. It is not for human consumption. Any deliberate consumption of alcohol is alcohol abuse.

  • Thank you for putting awareness out
    As an ex addict I cant tell you how many people we have lost to the disease of addiction. Day after day it’s someone else
    We are in a pandemic with addiction
    My advice… Just reach out and get into rehab. I fought it for 5 years and when I finally got there I kicked myself for saying no thanks and making my life worse for that next 5 years
    And hey I’m alive but my teeth are destroyed I health problems galore and I have to fight every day to stay alive
    But it’s better than drugs and alcohol!

  • My sister always takes 1-2 shots of vodka BEFORE going on a date, she says it helps calm her nerves. She only does this on the weekends, and otherwise doesn’t drink. Does she have a problem if she’s using it as a type of crutch for her nervousness?

  • substance abuse,dependency and mental health illness issues are really the 2 nastiest evil strange bedfellows.shared kinship with self destruction or destruction to others.sanity and safety are the main priorities,concerns.

  • In your title you how do “you treat it?” Those methods and resources that you included are simply a list of resources very few of them will actually have the experience and proven methods to cure alcoholism and alcohol dependency / addiction.

  • My partner just had a blackout and engaged in aggressive almost psychotic behaviour. It’s not the first time but I recorded this one. He’s otherwise great. I can’t believe this is my life. I am so hurt and sad.

  • He talks about the problem, but not the solution. Our elders can’t be so flippant about the youth. Pay no mind to the youth, it’s not like the future depends on them.
    Having been a youth, I can tell you that you change as you age. There have to be stop functions to stop such events unfolding.

  • Can ‘addiction’ exist in two different ways? I think that there can be folks who are physically addicted and/or psychologically addicted.
    The reason I ask is this: I had to go through a series of orthopedic surgeries on my legs resulting from severe complications from knee replacement surgery. The surgeons gladly supplied me with prescription for oxycontin and oxycodone in ever increasing strengths. When it was time to quit them I tried to just go cold turkey which did not work well. My family doctor helped me to wean myself off of them. So I WAS physically addicted to the oxy but I had no desire (or craving) to take them again. To me, that means I was NOT psychologically addicted.
    What do you think?

  • I lost my only female cousin to suicide. Shelly & her husband drank alcohol, however, Shelly drank off work, hiding the small bottle in her SUV. We got an emergency call that Shelly was “blacked out” unconscious, we got her to ER. We put Shelly into rehab twice. time she got out & went back to her husband, she began drinking again. She lost her job. Her husband yelled at her & threw her out of the house, we moved Shelly in to live with us for a time. About 3 days, and Shelly returned to her husband. I discovered Shelly was being abused by her husband, mentally abused by her son. We moved to another state, we offered to move Shelly to come live with us, but she committed suicide. I felt so empty, what more could have I done for Shelly? There is no answer. I embrace the memories of Shelly, the times I was with her. Thankful that the last time I saw her I kissed her cheek & told her I loved her. Shelly, my beautiful cousin, I will never forget her.

  • I’m right now an alcoholic. I’ve had to call out of work because I can thread a running sewing machine I shake so bad. I got to face this beast.

  • I think alcoholic blackouts are responsible for 70% of pregnancies in most of Europe. So alcohol might be bad for you, but it’s good for the species!

  • I’m about 99.9% im experiencing this. I drink to combat the feeling of not feeling/apathy. Simply put it helps me feel more human. Kati, how can I change this? I would really appreciate your input on this, I’m damaging not only myself but the people around me.

  • Hey, just wanna you know your videos are really informative and helpful!!! Thank you so much BTW I recently found myself tend to use alcohols to destress, and now I feel like I really need it. Not like on a friday night drinking with my friends, but in the middle of the day, when I am in class, I feel like I really really need a drink. After watching this I decided to talk to my therapist about it. XO best wishes

  • I can quit.. it’s a bad habit for me I know.. I’m in my 40s.. I’m not married and I don’t have kids…. I’m gay and I’m the only child.. I have no brothers or sisters… Thats why i drink….I hate being gay and I have no family.

  • Both my parents and my closest aunt all 3 died of Oxycontin alcohol overdoses in the year 2012, one deamed a suicide, the other 2 were accidental. I dealt with drug use and codependency with many of my role models growing up. Looking back on their lives is confusing. Before they were Oxycontin addicts, they were good people who I loved. But during the 5-8 years leading up to my aunt’s and mom’s paassings, they each had become a meer husk of a person. I recollect only a handful of positive memories while my father wasnt drunk in early childhood, most were alcohol-induced, violent, rageful, and verbally abuse-very traumatic. My. codependency drove me to be near my mom to look out for her, which influenced me in bad ways but luckily not to pain killers or street drugs.. I brought both my mother and aunt back from overdose, stayed up with my mother many nights on suicide watch through grade school, and even experienced a robbery for her drugs. It’s hard to forgive them and wrap my head around because I feel so cheated and betrayed, but I don’t want to let bitterness hold me back in life. Bep8eve it or not 8 grapple with the idea that their passing could have been a blessing. Following their influence could have beeny demise I’m in recovery for BPD and just started MDMR. Is there anyything you can say about dealing with such complex grief. I wonder if I’ll ever find any sense peace with it all.

  • My father was such a severe alcoholic that eventually he was hit by a train. He lost an entire leg and 3 fingers but survived. He never stopped drinking. It’s still such an extreme story, it sounds like someone else’s story.

  • We hope we have made clear the distinction between the alcoholic and the nonalcoholic. If, when you honestly want to, you find you cannot quit entirely, or if when drinking, you have little control over the amount you take, you are probably alcoholic.

  • I have an ex-boyfriend who drank until he was drunk when he was in his early 20’s fast forward 20 years or so and he’s still doing it. Drinks a 36 pack of beer then mixes it with vodka or what not and then doesn’t take his depression/bipolar meds because he thinks that it’s ok. He is a VERY abusive (mental, emotional, physical, suicidal, etc) person and i’m no longer in association with him. My question is why isn’t he dead yet? He “says” that he will stop cold and then a few days later tells everyone that one or two won’t hurt. He’s an alcoholic and again, is it just time before he’s dead or what? I just don’t get it.

  • I was an alcoholic until about 3 or 3.5 years ago. Tried to stop many times. AA, Rehab, Jail. None of that did anything to stop it. Then one day i told myself i didn’t want to live that way anymore. Haven’t drank since. My philosophy is that the only thing that will truly work is if you don’t want to do it anymore. I mean honest with yourself that you want to stop. For a period i thought i wanted to stop but took another few years till i had had enough and made the decision to stop.

  • I was diagnosed of BPD. And I have a serious alcoholism issue. Almost everything you mentioned I said yes to. I have decided these factors and have said I can handle it on my own. I am a military vet. And while I want active duty I was self diagnosed as an alcoholic. And I was in patient for a month. And outpatient for two months. And that was in 2014. After leaving the military I lost control. I was going to a psychologist twice a week and the VA didn’t have resources for me. I am diagnosed as BPD. With tendencies with self harm and alcohol and drug addiction. They don’t have the programs available to me as when I was active duty. I fell way behind in my treatment and I’m scared. I drink almost everyday after work. I make enough to have $600 plus after bills but I am flat out broke by the end of the moth due to drinking. I have physical issues which cause me to use muscle relaxers but I also have history of pain medications addiction. I usually flag myself. But the pain is getting too much. I may falter and as for pain meds. I’m scared and I feel I help.

  • Those young people who can drink way more than their buddies? They’re not tough or can hold their liquor better. More likely, they’re a closet alcoholic who drinks secretly and nobody knows about it.

  • Could you pls do a video on the impact on kids or youth with drug addicted parents? Or kids that have parents with A mental illness such as Schizophrenia

  • Great video kev. Watched your videos for the last 14months. I’ve cut down a lot since then and had 9 weeks off last Jan but started again.find it hard to stop completely. I got drunk last night and I know it makes me feel terribly anxious and depressed the next day feel like I’m losing my mind it’s horrible. Why do we keep doing something that we know makes you feel so awful? I really want to stop completely but just keep getting urges to drink. Thank you for your positive advise you help thousands of people ��

  • My best friend gets really really depressed. But instead f talking to someone about it he’Ll start to drink. He says everyone he has helps. So he keeps going. He ends up totally drunk. Sometimes he gets wasted because he uses is so strongly. Then he does things he really regrets. So then he gets depressed again and so so. I really don’t k ow how to help him and the thing is. We’re 14. He’s doing this to himself at 14 and I’m really scared for him. Any advice. O suffer from mental illnesses myself and I love your videos kati

  • Kati, I have been watching your videos for a year and they really help with helping a friend who has problems such as the ones you touch upon in your videos. I thank you for that. Also i must mention that you deliver your speeches in a very casual way which really make them easy to understand. DSM is not the easiest text to refer to. Last but not least, you are a very attractive young lady with a very lovable character which helps even more the popularity of your videos. i thank you again for the great info so graciously imparted.

  • this is so so great!! i promise i am not promoting my own channel, but i have a video all about how I’ve grown up with family members who have struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction. its called “how to love an addict” if anyone is feeling lost or just wants to know more on a personal level, please feel free to watch that video and come talk to me! it is so important to realize how not alone you are! were all here for you:)