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bdf Donating Member (430 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-01-08 06:02 PM
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46. We've had our differences, but...
those were on intellectual matters. Matters of opinion.

I wish your father all the best. I hope for (and this may sound callous, but it is not meant to be) either a speedy recovery or a speedy death. Because the alternative is a slow, painful death, only slightly ameliorated by oral diamorphine.

And I hope, with all sincerity, that you can overcome your own problems. Alcohol is one of the most addictive drugs going, although it's (relatively) hard for most people to become addicted. Once you accidentally step over the line, the withdrawal symptoms are far worse than the M$M has portrayed for heroin (or any other drug). Not only less pleasant, but far more likely to lead to death. About one-third of alcoholics who try going cold-turkey without medical intervention die from convulsions. All who try without medical intervention (and perhaps also those who do have medical intervention, for all I know) suffer waking nightmares that are scary enough to convince them that they are in Hell.

Alcohol is perhaps the worst drug we know of. In low doses it is a depressant, causing feelings similar to opiates like heroin. In higher doses it acts as a stimulant, causing feelings similar to cocaine. It's a hell of an addictive drug. And it's perfectly legal.

And yes, I drink far more than I ought to. It's an insidious drug.
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