Don't normally post, but have found the advice in this forum so helpful.
On 30th November 2015, I married my husband having been together since 1999.
On 5th December we had a party for all our friends.
On 6th December, I got a phone call from my GP (not the receptionist but actual GP) asking that I go and see him urgently, no time to think, or panic. Went to see him straight away and was told to go home pack a bag for 4-5 days and take a letter to Ayr Hospital, where consultant was aware I was on way.
I was in hospital for 10 days, waiting initially for bloods to settle and have scans and scopes, then was told my alcohol consumption over the years (never thought of myself as alcoholic/alcohol dependant, but did drink a bottle of wine most days, but was always able to function, and never drank while working) had caused liver damage. I swore there and then never to touch another drop. I was signed off work for six weeks to allow me to get into a routine with new meds, and to take me over the festive period, I work in a field where after meeting drinks etc. at this time of year is common.
Over the last year, things have steadily got worse, and now stage 3/4 liver cirrhosis, and have yet to return to work.
However there is good news, I have been dry for a whole year, and my marriage has remained strong, and I have admitted to myself that I had a drink problem, and to be alcohol dependant means different things to different people. You don't have to be rolling drunk all the time, or need a quick drink to get you going, for some, like me it was the routine but it is all the same.
Good luck to everyone over this festive season, I will say a prayer for everyone at midnight mass on Christmas Eve, first time in 15 years I will have attended