THIS IS WHY YOU DON'T TOUCH ALCOHOL. Matthew Perry shares his experience with alcohol use disorder.
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Matthew Perry was an American and Canadian actor, creator, writer, producer and author. Best known for his role as Chandler Bing on the NBC television sitcom Friends. Perry suffered from severe addictions to drugs and alcohol. In his memoirs, Perry wrote that he became an alcoholic at age 14. Through his recovery, he became an advocate for rehabilitation and a spokesperson for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. In 2013, Perry received the Champion of Recovery Award from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. In 2022, he released his memoir, Friends, Lovers, and the Big Terrible Thing. He passed away on Oct.28 2023.
"At least one in ten Americans meet the criteria for either alcohol abuse or alcohol dependence; which we now call 'alcohol use disorder."
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– Liver Disease. Heavy drinking can lead to liver problems such as fatty liver, inflammation (alcoholic hepatitis), and cirrhosis, which can be irreversible over time.
– Digestive Problems. Excessive alcohol consumption can cause digestive issues like gastritis, ulcers, and interfere with nutrient absorption while damaging the pancreas (pancreatitis).
– Heart Problems. Alcohol use can result in heart problems, including high blood pressure, enlarged heart, heart failure, and irregular heartbeats like atrial fibrillation.
– Diabetes Complications. Alcohol can disrupt glucose regulation, increasing the risk of low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) in people with diabetes who take insulin or other diabetes medications.
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