Is it me or is splitting up liver disease into alcohol induced cirrhosis or drug induced cirrhosis completely counter productive giving the nature of the disease. The first thing you need to do if youre an alcoholic is stop drinking and the stigma or being branded an alcoholic is one of the obstacles most find hard to admit. I was told im the only cirrhosis a to c sufferer in my area by my gp recently which i dont believe as its the 12th biggest killer in uk and fifth in us so its obviously a matter of the patient not going through the whole diagnosing process rather than an actual credible figure. Its probably why some patients feel they,re being fobbed off and ignored sometimes. I THINK IF THEY WANT PATIENTS TO SEEK HELP THEN IT WOULD BE AN EASIER PROPOSITION IF THE ILLNESS WASNT LABELLED THUS. Also patients wouldnt feel like they can tell friends and family without being judged as "bringing it on themselves". Im sure we all know the difference it makes with just a single person to open upto for support but its hard with a badge like that. Alcoholics and drug users are usually looking for an excuse not to seek help so a stigma attached to their illness is bound to have a negative influence on them in my humble opinion at least.
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