BY REQUEST FROM THE ARCHIVES.
Drink too much and then vomit, it’s an equation that has held true since man first learned about fermentation. The body switches over to auto mode when so much alcohol is consumed it can no longer be processed quickly enough. The stomach muscles contract violently and through the process of vomiting the alcohol and anything else in the stomach is ejected. It’s an instinctive defense mechanism whose function is to protect the body from alcohol poisoning. The young and overzealous (abusers) crowd incur this unpleasant process most often because they lack the experience and good judgement to regulate their alcohol intake; I know I did back in my younger days. At least when it was all said and done, usually it made you feel better.
You’ll notice I left out alcoholics from the “young and dumb” list on my list of people who vomit often, but it was intentional. You see even though logic would suggest that alcoholics who can not control their drinking would top the list as those most likely to be part of the vomit club it is not true. Yes alcoholics cannot control their drinking, but no self respecting alkie is going to waste a pint of cheap vodka by spewing it onto the pavement. In my case since I could not master my drinking, instead I mastered my body’s gag reflex and avoided the subsequent vomiting. Alcoholism is such a devious disease that it can conquer even the body’s natural instinct to expel alcohol that has reached a poisonous level.
Of course it is only a matter of time before the process of achieving and maintaining such a level of toxicity degrades your health. Loss of motor control, tremors, and the nausea brought on by bleeding ulcers eventually made it impossible for me to hold down anything, even alcohol (a frustration I would assume is something akin to not being able to acquire a vein to shoot up). There is a price to be paid for denying the body’s desire to rid itself of poison.
Why bring up such a vile topic? I guess I wanted to illustrate how powerful the urge to drink is for the alcoholic. Take a normal person bending over the ceramic altar if they want a drink and you will be lucky to stay out of the way of the dry heave spittle as they cuss you. You will not need to ask an alcoholic the same question, because he will be over in the corner choking down the gag reflex in order to conserve his alcohol.
Just another example of how an alcoholic will put drinking above anything else, including health and even the gag reflex.
My thanks to the Partnership for a Drug Free Texas for the Drug Free Bunny