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Your Questions About If You Choose To Pull The Trigger

September 21, 2012
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Daniel asks…

Help me choose between two poems for class?

Okay, I’m NOT a poet so they might both suck. The assignment was to write a war poem for a project we’re doing on the novel “All quiet on the western front.” I wrote two different ones thinking “Well, if one turns out to be crap the other might be decent.” Which one should I turn in?

Poem one (I’ll probably title it as “human”)
(Btw Shrapnel is the fancy word for the shards of flying metal that goes everywhere when a shell explodes.)
Human.
It is a notion reserved
for times of peace
and innocent civilians.

Here,
beneath the endless thunder
of shells and death
and the vicious rain
of torn earth and shrapnel
That notion
is a distant dream.

There is
only us
and them
faceless and stained.

I shoot blindly,
fueled by metallic hatred
rushing from the gun
to my veins,
until I meet eyes.

For a single moment,
a human stares back.
A human
with twenty short years
flashing before
silver-blue eyes,
With a cut on his face
from which crimson life drips.

He lowers his gun
locked in the bond
all humans share.
You could be my brother”

I pull the trigger
I shoot him dead.

Because here
in the rush of bullets
where gas roams
and shells scream,
where the venom
of blind hatred
fills us,

there is
no human soul.

Depressing enough for you? The next I wasn’t really trying to rhyme, but a few things just rhymed the way they came out so I left it. I know some things don’t quite rhyme but again, I’m not really aiming for perfect rhymes. I’m not as sure about this one. (It would relate to the part of all quiet when Paul is with the headmasters and they’re talking about how the war should go, if that gives you any more insight)

Strike down another name
war is just your little game.

You see the casualty numbers,
you think you understand.

Dear headmaster.
if only
you saw the faces
lurking behind
If only you stood beside me
on the front line.

If only you had seen
the blue, shuddering, sputtering faces
drowning in the green tides
and heard them cry out
gurgling up blood
watched them reach out
for salvation they will never see

If only you had stood in the crossfire
of my worst nightmares,

You would not sit here
in safety
with good company
and make your careless demands
for me to fight out
in our war.

I cannot take it.
I cry out.
You turn to me
and you dare say,
You don’t understand what you‘re talking about.”

Strike down another name
War is just your little game.

admin answers:

I like the first one, it’s very painful and very real….

Mary asks…

Trying to choose between motorcycles, possibly a Suzuki sv650, and could use some help?

I am trying to pull the trigger on my first motorcycle.
I just completed the Motorcycle training course, and my instructor mentioned the Suzuki sv650 as a strong first bike. Unless people have other ideas, i started to just search for that model.

There seems to be multiple models that I don’t know the difference between.
There is a sv650s. There is a sv650sf. There is a sv650sf with ABS
Craigslist in St. Louis has 4 bikes. Years are 2002 thru 2004. All priced between 2,500 and 3,800

Found another 2008 sv650s with under 500 miles.
Small dent on gas hub and scratches on muffler.
Starting at 3,500 but not an accepting price
I assume between 4,000+ (not entirely sure)

Then I found a 2008 sv650 SF with ABS.
1,500 miles and asking 5,500
Perfect condition

Without knowing anymore than i do….is one of these better to zero in on?
For a beginner? For when I get more advanced? For the value of the bike?

I don’t know if the “SF and ABS brakes” are much stronger features and worth extra dollars.
I’m sure braking is important, but have no idea whether ABS is a huge difference.

I obviously don’t know how motivated either seller is….so helping me decide an offer for each person would be a big help.

Or if you have different offers based on scenarios for me to ask both buyers about….any background or details would help me soooo much.

At this point, I really don’t know what questions to ask other that previous riding history, year make and model, accidents, or other inciddents, and that’s about it.

This is a real help.
I am 35 and have struggled nearly 3 years now with a medical condition.
I lost everything and haven’t worked in 18 months.
I am now in St. Louis after losing my place this past December in Chicago.
This chance to learn to ride could be a huge break at feeling normal again.
And though all my funds are pledged towards medical bills, I promised that I ould figure out a way to make this happen. SO you help is very important, and much appreciated.

Have an awesome holiday weekend and thanks again. jp

admin answers:

I think the SV would make a great first bike. I really admire the elegant design of the engine, a 90 degree V-twin with counterbalancer, so you have the ‘character’ of a twin with more smoothness.

The second generation SV 650 goes from 2003 to present, so you want one made 2003 or later. Starting in 2007 they have dual spark, but I don’t think that improves performance or anything, it’s just for lower emissions.

They come in various styles–naked, with a little fairing, and the V-Strom which is an ‘adventure tourer’ that uses the same engine and lots of the same parts. Except for the V-Strom, all the SV 650s are very much alike, just different in certain details.

Go and look at a few of them and see what they look like for the price. For your first bike you don’t want anything too new and shiny and expensive. You’re likely to be hard on your first bike. You may very well drop it once or twice–just minor spills and parking-lot tipovers. You will very likely abuse the clutch before you get the hang of it. So you want a bike that’s old enough to be depreciated but new enough that you can still get parts (which won’t be a problem with any SV 650). After a year or so you can sell this ‘old beater’ for about what you paid for it, and by then you’ll have a better idea what you really want.

Really ‘clean’ new-looking bikes are going to be more money. But you don’t really care that much about appearance for a first bike. Just as long as it’s reliable (meaning the bike has been well cared for, oil changed regularly, etc.

Different models of the SV are sold as ‘standards’ or ‘sporty’ (not dedicated sportbikes but on the sporty side). So they might have different seats, different handlebars. If you look at a few you’ll see that you find some configurations more comfortable than others.

I know just what you mean about a motorcycle making you feel more ‘normal’. I have diabetes and sometimes my feet get a little numb from poor circulation. I get on my 1978 BMW and the footpegs vibrate just enough to feel really good on my feet! 8^) Plus, riding a motorcycle makes me feel independent and capable. In the Summer I do camping weekends, all by myself, which I totally love, they are like the high point of my Summer.

Steven asks…

If you had to choose one Gun, for Everything what would it be?

When I say everything I literally mean Everything.
-Hunting,
-Game Big
-Small Alike
-Self Defense
-Long Range
-Short Range
-Medium Range
-Target shooting
-”Not having to pull the trigger factor”
-Compactness
-RELIABILITY
-Durability, but I guess that kind of comes hand in hand with reliability.
I’m looking for more specifically the gun/gun system not just a manufacturer.
I’m looking for civilian versions more specifically.
I’ve been shooting guns/hunting for years, I had this conversation with someone and was wondering what other peoples opinions on it where as I came up with the 12 gauge shotgun but the range thing was the only downside. But I guess a quick interchangeable rifled slug barrel would help with that.
Also, the not pulling the trigger factor really is only for unarmed people, if they are armed, it would become a quick and easy decision of shoot first ask questions later.

admin answers:

You asking your question like that, is like me asking what wrench I should purchase to fit every bolt and nut in the world. There is just no one gun or wrench that fits all.

With that being said, I would choose an O/U 3 inch 12 gage magnum shotgun, if I was limited to only having one firearm.

I could use shot on winged fowl and for home self defense, buck shot on medium game, and slugs on large game. That pretty much cover the spectrum of shooting needs.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Lazy Eye

September 20, 2012
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Sandra asks…

whats your opinion on this essay?

Sexism Also Effects Men
Many feminist fight against sexism but there focus is usually on women, failing to recognize that we are not the only ones effected by sexism. In the article Sexism in Comics the author, Robert Tidewall a feminist says, “Sexism can be found in pretty much any context, even when the writer or artist is a woman” Clearly he believes that women can be sexist towards women.” Which I completely agree with, but by saying the words “even women can be found sexist” gave me the feeling that this author believes that only women are affected by sexism. While I believe that sexism affect both men and women.
There are many cartoons and television shows that portray the male gender as being dumb, fat and lazy. Such as animated American sitcoms like The Simpson’s and Family guy. When we see these shows we continue to watch them and laugh while doing so we fail to notice these shows use sexism that’s aimed towards men. When we find shows that are sexist toward women we usually get upset or offended but when shows are sexist towards men most of the time we don’t even notice them. I believe we notice sexism when it’s aimed towards women because we have people that stand up for women’s rights opening our eyes to this type negative behavior. On the other hand men’s rights are not a focus in our society at this point of time. So we unintentionally ignore the negative behavior aimed towards men.
In the article “Tolerance in the news” the author Michael Abernathy, provides his readers a list of sexist comments about men found in both commercials and television shows. He talks about how television shows create negative stereotypes of men and the effect it has on young men. He goes on to mention a statistic provided by “Gender Issues in Advertising Language,” that states “Young men learn that they are expected to screw up, that women will have the brains to their brawn, and that childcare is over their heads.” Clearly the author believes that by watching these commercials and television ads young men receive a negative perception of the male role. I agree with him because as young people we intake much of what we see and apply it to our lives. For an example my boyfriend was mislead by these sexist television shows thinking “I can’t take care of babies I’m a guy.” When in fact he’s a great father that is often giving me advice on how to care for babies. This goes to show that just like women men are also affected by sexism and it should be considered wrong towards both genders.
In the article “Cultural Insensitivity to Sexist Language Toward Men” the authors did a study on the use of sexist language towards both men and women. They presented 60 undergraduates with the question “How many of you have followed through with those New Year’s resolutions: Started that diet, gotten rid of your (boyfriend/girlfriend/dating partner), and begun your exercise program?” They then stated “The results of this study show that subjects were not sensitive to sexism in language toward men but that they were sensitive to sexist language toward women” The statement “gotten rid of your girlfriend”, was considered sexist. While the Statement “gotten rid of you boyfriend” wasn’t. This study shows that we notice things that are sexist towards women but fail to recognize when things are sexist towards men.
As you can see sexism effect both genders and we can see this by watching our favorite television shows. We need to be aware of sexism and the effects it has on both men and women. Is not that people approve of male sexism it’s just they unaware that there even seeing it. As we stand against it and inform people of the problem they will begin to notice this negative behavior in our society and changes will begin to be made.

Work Cited
1.Abernathy, Michael. “tolerance in the News.” Southern poverty law center 02 06 2003 24 Nov 2008 .
2.Tidewall, Robert. “Sexism in Comics.” bookstove 07 09 2008 24 Nov 2008 .
3.Hale, Ray. Nevels, Robert. Lott, Criss. Titus, Tomas. “Cultural Insensitivity to Sexist Language Toward Men.” Journal of Social Psychology 130.510 09 1989 697-698. 24 Nov 2008 .

admin answers:

I noticed a couple of things if this is supposed to be in MLA format.

1. When quoting using an author’s name and source title always put the authors name somewhere before the title of the source. Also there is no need to put the title of the source in quotations, instead you must underline the source. I would provide an example but I can’t underline the text using Yahoo Answers.

2. In the paragraph before your closing statement you use the source title (Cultural Insensitivity to Sexist Language Toward Men), but there is no author’s name. In front of the source title and the source title itself is not underlined.

If you have access to a writting center in your school I would suggest you pay them a visit. They won’t write the paper for you be they will make suggestions to make it better.

Susan asks…

Hit the back of my head.. Help?

I saw a sofa chair, thought it was hard so I plunged into it, but it turned out to be fluffy soft and I ended up bumping my head into the hard wood rim of those wall glass thingies where you put stuff in for display. My head bounced back and I was like ow. So just imagine the speed of me letting myself go into that chair after ice skating for 3 straight hours after a month of being lazy.

So, I hit either my pariental or occipital lobe and a bump formed quickly. I drank some tea on the spot and my head was kinda hot but I can’t tell whether it was frOm the bump or cause I drank tea after 3 hours on the ice.

I came home and I was pretty tired and my eyes felt heavy, once again, not sure whether it was from ice skating so long or because of the bump… Well I kinda had a migrane so I took some pain killers.

When I put the ice pack on my forehead, the tired sleepy feeling goes away but I just put it on the back, my bump instead.

Now I feel better, slight headache at the front, not sure if it’s from the cold air aNd sudden exercise overdose lol…

My question is, do you think I’ll be fine?
Please don’t say go to the ER, I just want to know if something like that is livable.

Thanks!

admin answers:

I think you should be just fine, it doesn’t sound like anything TOO serious.

Carol asks…

How long do you think it will take for my alcoholism to kill me? How extreme of an alcoholic am I? honestly?

please give me an honest opinion.

I’m 24 years old, and I’ve been drinking for 6 years. But at first since I was under 21 and I just asked my parents/sister for some beer every now and then it wasn’t so bad, but when I was 19, my grandfather paid for a trip to Cancun that I took with my friends and my girlfriend from back then, I spent all summer in Cancun where the drinking age was 18, well for 2 months, it wasn’t just a 6 pack here and there, it was constant drinking, and ALOT of liquor and beer with some wine thrown in here and there, and well I enjoyed it, so I came back an alcoholic, and from there on I started drinking about 12 beers a day at first, then about 18, I also drank liquor here and there and my family and friends were very upset, but I’m a master manipulator lol some have called me a sociopath, so I manipulated them into buying them for me, it caused me some legal problems too and at first I just had to pay fines (well my parents/grandfather) and then they gave me a suspended sentence and probation, well I somehow managed to convince my probation officer to not alcohol test me and I didn’t stop drinking. I didn’t go to college and I’d just sit at home all day drinking and playing video games, smoking cigarettes and writing, and at night I’d just go to strip clubs and sneak in liquor on a flask.

Well after I turned 21, it got worse, I started drinking a lot of liquor and more beer, for 3 years now I drink about 24 beers a day (coors light or corona), and about 3-7 mini bottles of vodka (50ml), and every now and then some wine. I also binge drink a lot to get drunk faster.

Well up until recently I’d pretty much lost a lot of my friends and my parents had just given up on me, they still gave me money to buy alcohol but I could tell my father hated me.

Well now through some luck (well not really luck), I inherited money and a house from my grandpa, so now I have no reason to stop drinking. Sometimes I honestly don’t care and I’m really happy, but sometimes I get depressed and feel alone (my girlfriend broke up with me because I cheated on her) and I realize that me drinking has really ruined me.

But now I’m not ruined, well not really ruined I have money now and I’ve been spending it on more drinking, more sex, and more hedonistic lazy pastimes. But I see other people my age and they’re in serious relationships and even thinking about marriage, while every Friday night I’m passed out at a random girl’s house after having a one night stand or worse yet passed out by myself after watching online porn. I also just hire escorts and go to strip clubs and parties, and while I do have fun, sometimes I feel like it’s all meaningless and in the eyes of the world Im a loser.

My mind also changes a lot, sometimes I feel happy sometimes depressed and since I inherited the money I got excited that I might never have to work again but at the same time it’s made me feel worthless. I’ve also gained weight which I don’t like.

So based on the above how long do you think I have? I drink about 24 beers a day + 7 shots of liquor, smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day, don’t exercise much, don’t eat healthy. and I’m 24 years old about to turn 25 and been drinking for 6 and a half years, I’m 6-1, weigh 215 pounds.

Everytime I think about stopping my drinking I get anxiety and my whole world revolves around drinking.

admin answers:

Could be another 14 years or another 35 years or more.

Think about living your miserable existance that long. If that’s what you want to do.

However, you’ve made the first step to quit by admitting you have a problem with drinking.

.

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Your Questions About Carnitine

September 19, 2012
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Paul asks…

Is L-Carnitine worth taking, or should I just stick to a healthy diet without supplements?

I have read that L-Carnitine can speed up weight loss?

Has anyone taken it? If so, what were the results??

admin answers:

The way it naturally occurs L-Carnithine helps your muscles repair themselves after a strenuous work out. This repair is the source of muscle growth and an elevated resting metabolism. So in small doses it can help you burn calories faster. I have noticed a small difference in body fat, body composition but not necessarily weight loss. Excessive amounts of this or any vitamin will only result in more expensive contents in your septic tank and may overstress your kidneys, so . . . If a little is good, more is NOT better.

Ruth asks…

is there a good support group for people who have primary carnitine deficiency?

i was just told i have this rare muscle desease and i would like to talk with others who have the same.
thank you but no this is not fabry deases. it was a confimed carnitine def.

admin answers:

Is this Fabry Disease ?

Anyway here are some links to support groups for carnitine deficiency support.

Hope they help.

Richard asks…

How Can I Flush Acetyl L-Carnitine From My System?

I began taking the supplement to clear my mind. It worked beautifully, but, I began having constant stomach upset, but, didn’t know why. This morning, after I took my latest-and last-dose, I saw that my condition is one of the side effects of the this supplement.
Is there anything I can take to flush it out of my system, or will I just have to let it work itself out of my system, and how long does that usually take?
Thanks, in advance, for any & all informed answers.

admin answers:

You are going to have to let it pass.

You should completely feel better in 24-48 more hours.

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Your Questions About For Those In Peril On The Sea

September 18, 2012
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Joseph asks…

From which song does the line ¨for those in peril on the sea¨ come from?

admin answers:

It’s name is Eternal Father, but it’s also known as the Navy Hymn. It’s sung at Navy Funerals and memorial services as well as services for sailors of all kinds.
My heart is on the sea, so it really hits a nerve.
It makes me cry everytime I hear it.

William asks…

who is saving all those drowning sailors while Wills is on a Canadian beano?

for those in peril on the sea :(

admin answers:

Are you in peril on the sea then?

I am sure there are others who take his place when he is on leave.

Unlike our network and mobile phone provider here, which experiences severe problems every summer when staff go on leave!!!!

Steven asks…

who is saving all those drowning sailors while Wills is on a Wimbledon beano?

for those in peril on the sea :(

admin answers:

The bloke who replaced him. Marty Blanchard.

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Your Questions About Eye Exercises For Lazy Eye

September 17, 2012
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Joseph asks…

HELP ON HOW TO LOOK GOOD FOR MY 16th…..?

well… in the last few months… ive becomes fairly lazy and have been eating too much junk..
im 5’5″ and now weight 9 stone… ((sorry dont know that in lb or kg..))

i want to atleast get back down to 8 and a half… because thats my ideal weight..
im starting to get fat around my legs and on my stomach..
next monday im going to start bike riding after school with my friend again..

my party is on the 5th april…
but i want to look ”sexy” and no before you say it… im not a sl*t..
but there will be some fit boys coming.. ((no.. dont get any ideas..)) i just want all eyes to be on me..

any ideas on how to lose this excess weight that i dont really need?? lol

and no.. im not turning anorexic and are not going to stop eating…
but what exercise focuses on thighs bums and tums :P
3rd comment..

i live in england :D
lol

admin answers:

Exercise and diet. There is no pint of doing a diet if you dont exercise and reverse. Also portion your food. =D good luck!

Donald asks…

Canter pirouette question! Any dressage riders out there? Greg B?

I’m afraid nobody on here will be able to help me, but on the off chance there is an upper level dressage rider online tonight I’ll go ahead and ask.

Ok, so I’m learning to ride a canter pirouette. My horse is a schoolmaster who knows what to do, I think sometimes he rolls his eyes and sighs at how low he’s fallen in the world to be carting around the likes of me. Anyway, here’s how my instructor introduced it to me. I start by developing a good canter on a 20m circle, then spiral in until I’m on a small volte, maybe 6-8m. On the volte, I ask for haunches-in. Then, maintaining the haunches-in, I continue spiraling in until I’m on maybe a 1m circle. The hardest part is keeping the “jump” in the canter, and making sure the horse’s outside shoulder continues to come around on the circle. If I don’t keep the horse wrapped around my inside leg, he kinda falls against my inside leg and out through the outside shoulder, we lose the bend, and it seems more like a leg yield than a haunches-in. So, I really have to concentrate on keeping my inside leg on, turning the horse’s outside shoulder from my outside rein, and keeping my weight down on my inside seatbone. It’s not easy, but I suppose that’ the point of the exercise!

Here’s the problem I’m having. It’s not entering into the pirouette, it’s coming back out of it. Once I get down to the smallest circle I can hold, I only ride 3-4 strides, then release the horse to spiral back out. But when I try to spiral back out of the pirouete (I guess technically I’m in leg yield since I maintain inside bend as I move out on the circle) my horse loses his balance. We lose the bend, he drops his back and we lose the frame, and I lose his outside shoulder. He ends up running through the outside shoulder as we wobble our way back to the rail like a drunken sailor. I’m sure the problem is 100% rider error. My horse is very well schooled, but like any horse he is always happy to take advantage of my mistakes.

So, any suggestions? I know more practice will help. I’m just learning this movement. But it seems weird that riding a pirouette comes fairly easy but leaving the pirouette proves nearly impossible! Just for some background, we manage haunches in on a straight line and half pass pretty well now. I do always struggle to keep enough impulsion and “jump” in the canter when doing anything lateral, but my horse can be very lazy and at 17 hands sometimes I just lack the core strength to keep pushing the canter forward.

admin answers:

I always train canter pirouette by riding a square, and doing a quarter pirouette at each corner. The reason I mention this, it that it helps me (and the horse) learn to get out of the pirouette. ‘Cause guess what, that is a very hard part of riding the pirouette!

When the quarter pirouettes are going well, you ride a half pirouette and then ride forward out of it. I know this isn’t exactly what your instructor is having you do, but it helps to get the rhythm of changing from the haunches in to the sort of leg yield. Plus, it’s fun to do; it really gets the horse on the outside aides, and then it’s less work for you to keep him going.

When the half pirouettes are good, they I just go for the whole thing and ride on out of it.

I also train canter pirouette from within a walk pirouette, and transition from the walk to canter while keeping the pirouette. I usually can only get a half pirouette out of this at first because the youngsters just aren’t strong enough yet, but it keeps them from getting too worried about the movement.

Years ago I worked with Carole Grant Oldford, and she taught me the quarter pirouette trick.

I love the older schoolmasters; they are so smart at making you work for it, but once you get the key to the question, they do it so well.

Have fun!

Daniel asks…

How long do you think I will live?

please give me an honest opinion.

I’m 24 years old, and I’ve been drinking for 6 years. But at first since I was under 21 and I just asked my parents/sister for some beer every now and then it wasn’t so bad, but when I was 19, my grandfather paid for a trip to Cancun that I took with my friends and my girlfriend from back then, I spent all summer in Cancun where the drinking age was 18, well for 2 months, it wasn’t just a 6 pack here and there, it was constant drinking, and ALOT of liquor and beer with some wine thrown in here and there, and well I enjoyed it, so I came back an alcoholic, and from there on I started drinking about 12 beers a day at first, then about 18, I also drank liquor here and there and my family and friends were very upset, but I’m a master manipulator lol some have called me a sociopath, so I manipulated them into buying them for me, it caused me some legal problems too and at first I just had to pay fines (well my parents/grandfather) and then they gave me a suspended sentence and probation, well I somehow managed to convince my probation officer to not alcohol test me and I didn’t stop drinking. I didn’t go to college and I’d just sit at home all day drinking and playing video games, smoking cigarettes and writing, and at night I’d just go to strip clubs and sneak in liquor on a flask.

Well after I turned 21, it got worse, I started drinking a lot of liquor and more beer, for 3 years now I drink about 24 beers a day (coors light or corona), and about 3-7 mini bottles of vodka (50ml), and every now and then some wine. I also binge drink a lot to get drunk faster.

Well up until recently I’d pretty much lost a lot of my friends and my parents had just given up on me, they still gave me money to buy alcohol but I could tell my father hated me.

Well now through some luck (well not really luck), I inherited money and a house from my grandpa, so now I have no reason to stop drinking. Sometimes I honestly don’t care and I’m really happy, but sometimes I get depressed and feel alone (my girlfriend broke up with me because I cheated on her) and I realize that me drinking has really ruined me.

But now I’m not ruined, well not really ruined I have money now and I’ve been spending it on more drinking, more sex, and more hedonistic lazy pastimes. But I see other people my age and they’re in serious relationships and even thinking about marriage, while every Friday night I’m passed out at a random girl’s house after having a one night stand or worse yet passed out by myself after watching online porn. I also just hire escorts and go to strip clubs and parties, and while I do have fun, sometimes I feel like it’s all meaningless and in the eyes of the world Im a loser.

My mind also changes a lot, sometimes I feel happy sometimes depressed and since I inherited the money I got excited that I might never have to work again but at the same time it’s made me feel worthless. I’ve also gained weight which I don’t like.

So based on the above how long do you think I have? I drink about 24 beers a day + 7 shots of liquor, smoke 2 packs of cigarettes a day, don’t exercise much, don’t eat healthy. and I’m 24 years old about to turn 25 and been drinking for 6 and a half years, I’m 6-1, weigh 215 pounds.

Everytime I think about stopping my drinking I get anxiety and my whole world revolves around drinking.

admin answers:

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 61 percent of U.S. Adults drink alcohol. Most users will not experience any harmful effects. When alcohol is consumed in large quantities—as by alcoholics or binge drinkers—the liver can be severely damaged.

Alcoholic liver disease is an umbrella term for liver conditions caused by alcohol abuse—fat buildup in the liver (fatty liver); inflammation of the liver (hepatitis); and the most serious condition, cirrhosis (scarring) of the liver.

Testing
Doctors confirm alcoholic liver disease with blood tests, imaging and/or tissue testing. Blood tests check liver enzymes for signs of disease, while imaging—such as a CT or MRI scan—can show fat buildup or inflammation. Tissue testing, or a biopsy, looks at samples of liver tissue for inflammation or scarring.

The Mayo Clinic says the No. 1 recommendation for patients with alcohol-related liver diseases is to stop drinking. Existing damage is typically treated with dietary changes and anti-inflammatory medication, such as corticosteroids. In serious cases, a liver transplant may be needed.

Life Expectancy
The life expectancy for people with alcoholic liver diseases depends on the disease, health status and treatment. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 90 percent of patients with cirrhosis who stop drinking will live at least five more years.

Recovery
Though some damage done by excessive drinking is permanent, abstaining from alcohol can allow at least partial healing, and dramatically increase your chances of survival.

Read more: Life Expectancy in Alcoholic Liver Disease | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_5610261_life-expectancy-alcoholic-liver-disease.html#ixzz1uI18m9Nx

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