A friend of mine yesterday a man I'm dating ( who is type 2 diabetic and is not supposed to much drink alcohol and ive seen how strange he acts when he does and it concerns me ) . ( he is 58 I am 54) We went out last evening to dinner and he only had iced tea but then in the car rinsed his mouth with listerine , then I said I guess you'll need to spit out the door on the ground he said WHY ? I swallow it all the time. I said .. there is alcohol in it and also toxic ingredients. He is very picky about foods he eats and tastes and I was shocked he could swallow it. He said it's fine and he's always done it. Am I wrong to think #1 he is getting a buzz doing this a few times a day and also could be a factor in the "diabetes" control and alcohol issue. This is NOT a dumb man , he is very intellegent but when it comes to his diabetes management , he was never even trained by a endo or a dietitician. and says his Dr said wine is fine because its different than sugar. Thanks for help... I keep feeling red flags ( easpecially since my ex was a functioning alcoholic )
Well dear, I have my hubbys Listerenne bottle in front of me, & it lists Eucalyptol .092%
Thymol 0.064% all osited as antiplaque/antigingivitis
I dpon't know if her uses the smae type or not. It's the coll mint. I don't really know if it will hurt him or not, but if he seems fine, I suggest you ask a pharmatist as it is not intended to be drank... Mary
Well, this is most definitely a perplexing situation. First of all, if he says he does it all the time, and by all the time, I can only assume at least two or three times a day, hardly enough alcohol to make him drunk. However, in the throws of my addiction, I did the exact thing and I will tell you this if you promise to have a strong stomach. He will bring on a bout of diarrhea, more than likely. Now, as alcoholics, we tend to go overboard in monitoring what we (and others) ingest and mistakenly out of concern, turn ourselves into pains in the asses. Remember, alcoholism is a secretive disease for those who have it, so for him to openly drink this in front of you indicates that he does not see it as alcoholic behavior. If he is chugging half of the bottle, then I would step in because by anyone's standards that is not only weird, but just plain gross! HAVE YOU EVER ACCIDENTALLY SWALLOWED THAT CRAP? It's YUCK!!! Another misconception is that bad breath emanates from the tongue. WRONG.IT COMES FROM THE STOMACH. SOME OF THE INITIAL STENCH (LIKE GARLIC) DOES REMAIN ON THE TONGUE, BUT IT SPENDS A GOOD 5-7 HOURS BEING BROKEN DOWN IN THE STOMACH ACID RIGHT INSIDE YOUR BODY. Perhaps that is why he feels the need to swallow the mouthwash. It sounds like you are turning into an alcohol Nazi. Back off until you find pints of booze in the back of the toilet or hidden in his golf club bag or taped behind a piece of furniture or hidden under a floorboard or in the glove compartment of his car, etc., etc., etc., And if he freaks out on Sundays before the liquor stores open, or you find 20 bottles of Witch Hazel laying around for no good reason (it is a disinfectant that is harmless when swallowed-but it packs a wallop of a buzz-I should know: I drank it one Sunday morning with a horrible case of the tremors and not a single store was selling booze before 12:00 p.m. Yes, if you suspect, you should remain diligent-that is what any caring person would do. BUT you can't allow it to consume you. Love has a way of doing that. We want to protect the ones we love, but sooner rather than later, we, too, are caught up in their disease. I am a 48 year old woman who finally got a breakthrough after 27 years of drug and alcohol abuse. I know every trick in the book because I played them, and the people around me. I didn't do it to hurt anyone-I was desperately sick. I can't undo what I did, but I can warn others. That is how I can live with myself. If I can help jut one person, then all the agony I caused and suffered was worth it. I don't want to see ANYONE caught in the throes of this monster, and mark my words-ALCOHOLISM HAS A SECOND NAME: SATAN, and he lives only to kill and destroy. Write me any time and I will give you a dose of reality from the heart-NOT A BOOK. I speak the truth because I LIVED THE TRUTH. I'm not getting paid by money, I'm getting paid by God and his money transcends all. Read your books written by Phd's and Masters and folks who have never lived in skid row or found themselves on the cold, hard floor of a homeless shelter with their shoes under their pillow because that was the only safe place to keep them from being stolen. Talk to someone who took ate burgers from McDonald's because they couldn't bear to throw them away (God Bless MxDonald's). Talk to me. I promise one thing and one thing only: THE TRUTH.
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