How Alcohol Abuse Has Ruined My Life

CASE STUDY: Jeanine in south London
“I mean, do I look to you like the type of girl who would be part of a gang; picking on people in south London, at random?”

The answer to Jeanine’s question is a resounding No. She’s well turned out, polite and respectful to others. She’s quiet and shy, even. There is no indication at all that Jeanine – a 22-year-old trainee sound engineer from Charlton – could ever have had it in her to deliberately frighten vulnerable people in society: people who wouldn’t stand a chance should they ever have the misfortune to fall under the gaze of an aggressive girl gang out on the prowl at night-time, or even during the day.

“It was all to get money, of course,” Jeanine explains. “I mean, it was SO easy. We operated like a kind of a pack or something, like animals with an instinct for sensing other people’s fear. I used to make more money in one night than other girls that I’d been to school with were making for a whole week’s work: in a shop, or waitressing, or whatever.”

And what did Jeanine and her fellow gang members spend all that money on, then?

“Drink,” Jeanine replies, not smiling, not proud of it. “Drink, drink and more drink. Vodka, mainly. I used to get through so much vodka, it’s a miracle I’m alive.”

But Jeanine didn’t entirely get away with her ‘crime career’ without paying a price – and a horrible price at that:

“I had to have my bladder removed and now use a bag whenever I need to go to the toilet. The alcoholic poisoning eroded my (already unusually thin) bladder wall to the point – the doctors explained – where it was almost completely worn away. Carrying a bag around with me all the time isn’t exactly cool, is it?”

“None of the people who were supposed to be my mates want to know me now – surprise, surprise. I find the whole thing mortifyingly embarrassing, to be quite honest. I wish I’d never drunk in the first place. The state alcoholism has left me in has often made me contemplate suicide.”

More about the damage alcohol can do
Although Jeanine’s health condition (as a result of destroying her bladder through binge drinking) is relatively rare, health professionals across the country are growing increasingly concerned over the number of people developing bladder and kidney problems through binge drinking. Problems like these:

  • Unusually rapid bladder filling (both day and night)
  • Urge incontinence / leakages
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Overactive bladder syndrome
  • Bladder tumours
  • Irreversible nerve damage around the bladder area
  • Cystitis, and
  • Myriad other problems all caused by heavy drinking



I could not stop drinking, having tried various methods. After making contact with Rehab Treatment UK I was put at ease immediately. All my options were carefully explained and 2 days later admitted to Rehab. Without the speedy response I would probably still be drinking today, Already, the home is a happier place. Thank you Jane for starting the process for a life of sobriety.
B. Middlesex

Thank you to Rehab Treatment UK and everyone at the Clinic that was involved in my Detox. It has been hard, but the fun everyone has made it, helped to make it easier.
S. Hull