Some Experiences..

Advertisements on TV show that alcohol & tobacco bring in lot of joy, happiness, succees and makes a person look smart. We also often see people enjoying in parties. But the damage and pain which they cause in people’s lives, occurs outside the field of vision of most people and doesn’t receive any publicity on TV. So here are a few snippets from real life, so that one can judge for himself, what is the impact of these addictions in people’s lives?

( you can also share with us an experience of these addictive poisons which you have undergone or witnessed. We will post with or without your name or per your wish. Collectively let us build the awareness.)

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There was a Chief Medical Officer in a hospital. Used to drink alcohol to enjoy quite regularly. After some years, he used to be seen in the campus in shabby clothes, begging to various medical students and his Professor friends for some money, giving silly excuses…. He had become the laughing stock in the campus. Alcohol may have given him great joy for many years. But now it had taken away his job, his respect, his everything…

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A particular gentleman used to drink occasionally in parties without it causing any trouble to him or his family. His family was very happy with him. One day while returning from a party, his judgement failed and he met with an accident. He was treated in ICU for 2 weeks. As he was drunk, the insurance company did not pay his bills. The family lost 10 lakhs. And after his deaths, now they have given one room on paying guest basis and his wife now runs a mess at home to manage the house finances….. No one in his family had imagined that just party drinking can have such devastating implications! (shared by Dr. Dharav Shah)

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There was a medical student in a particular college who binged in a party –> vomited in the night –> under intoxication aspirated the vomitus into the lungs –> Was immediately shifter to the ICU but died in few days (Shared by Dr. Shreyas Godbole, Mumbai)

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Another student of a medical college binged in a party and then drove back on his bike. Ended up speeding and banged against a pole. His head got chopped off and fell on the other side of the road. Died Instantly. (Shared by Mr. Prajwal, a medical student)

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A medical friend of mine told me one day morning, “Yesterday night after the party, I didn’t know where my bike was going. Thank God, no one died!” (Shared by Dr. Dharav Shah)

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A medical friend of mine was returning from a party intoxicated. He was trying to talk to a beggar sitting on the road. The beggar got frightened of him and ran away. He tried to explain his positive intentions and tried to follow him. Happened to drop his wallet and cell in the whole process… Luckily for him we were there to pick them up :-) (Shared by Dr. Dharav Shah)

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A 42 yrs old, apparently healthy male in my building, who used to go for walking daily, died of a sudden heart attack. Everyone was shocked how can he get a heart attack. The whole building knew that he had a habit of chewing gutkha. But because no one knew the association, they couldn’t understand…Similarly, because our knowledge about alcohol and tobacco is restricted to liver damage and cancer, we are not aware of the pain, suffering and deaths that they are causing all around us. (Shared by Dr. Taru Jindal, Mumbai)

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One of my very good friend’s father, a surgeon, was a smoker and died at the age of 35 due to a heart attack. My friend had to grow up without a father. (Shared by Dr. Dharav Shah)

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There was a person who got job in Dubai; celebrated that by drinking with friends, next day morning while driving back home misjudged at the turn, both his legs were cut  job was lost and his engagement was broken… (Shared by Dr. Dharav Shah)

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In a particular psychiatry set up, resident doctors decided to have a party in the night and drink. Next day, the morning notes were not put for any patient. The consultant came and found the file of 1st patient without any notes for that day. He patiently wrote the notes himself. On opening the 2nd file he found the same thing….checked that the state was same in all the files….threw the files to the ground and left the ward…. (A huge proportion of work absenteeism is due to alcohol consumption in parties. And this is applicable to people of all socio-economic strata). (Shared by Dr. Dharav Shah)

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In a particular unit in a gynecology department of a medical college, all male residents would drink in parties. So most of the new residents who joined also started drinking. Those who were taking it the 1st time ended up drinking excessively. Their lecturer scolded them and said something like, “You don’t have to drink like an illiterate person like this; look at me. Learn to drink in control like a gentleman”. After few months, that unit faced an emergency in the operation theatre. So the residents called up the lecturer. But his phone was switched off. One of them ran around the campus to find him and finally found him in his friend’s room intoxicated; not in a position to be of any use for the emergency. This person who took pride in his controlled drinking was intoxicated on his emergency duty day and couldn’t discharge his duty… However he continued with his ‘controlled’ drinking, till I was there in the hospital….

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