‘The pressure became too much’ – David Rudisha on battle with alcoholism

Double Olympic Champion David Rudisha has opened up on coping with personal tragedy and battle with divorce and alcohol in his career.

During a candid interview with the BBC, Rudisha vowed he has put all his challenges behind and is firmly focused on a full recovery.

Local celebrities whose careers took a nose dive due to their battle with alcoholism

Rudisha took to alcohol to try and overcome the myriad of challenges that were heavily stacking up in his life including being off the track and parting with his wife Elizabeth Naanyu in 2016.

“The pressure became too hard. I used to hang out with friends and party a lot,” Rudisha told BBC.

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Perhaps the most devastating and recent blow to the athlete came earlier this year in March when he lost his father, Daniel Rudisha, whom he described as his biggest source of inspiration in his career.

Local celebrities whose careers took a nose dive due to their battle with alcoholism

 He died two weeks ago from heart attack at Nakuru War Memorial Hospital. The elder Rudisha himself was a stellar athlete who represented Kenya at the highest level internationally.

The late Rudisha represented the country during the 1964 Commonwealth Games in 1964 in Kingston, Jamaica.

“He played a big role in my life. He gave me the passion to love the sport and taught me discipline and respect towards fellow athletes,” Rudisha said.

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David Rudisha and his dad

The Olympic champion said his father was his greatest strength and encouraged even when he failed – something which Rudisha says made him be the star he is today.

In 1968 alongside Hezekiah Nyamao, Charles Asati and the late Naftali Bon, Rudisha won silver in the 4×400 relay.

Daniel Rudisha’s greatest accolade came during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich where he won gold with Charles Asati, Hezekiah Nyamao, Robert Ouko and the late Julius Sang in the relay event.

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‘Alcohol was going to kill me, pancreatitis saved me’ – Journalist Tom Mboya

Former K24 journalist Tom Mboya has opened up on his battle with alcohol and how it left him .ill at a time when his career was at its peak.

Mboya says he had a job that could easily fund his lifestyle hence that made it easy for him to fall into the trap.

A CNN award comes with so much prestige. I had been awarded as the best journalist in the world in 2012. After that I decided to go away from the media and move on to something bigger.

Two years after I won the CNN. It saddens me deeply when I see the youth battle with alcoholism.

I have been sober for 10 years and why I talk about my past addiction is that I want to encourage someone who thinks they have hit a dead end.

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Tom Mboya,former NTV journalist

I ran into trouble at some point bin my life, I had a great job , a good salary so I could fund my drinking habit.

I started drinking and at some point it became too much for my body to handle. I ended up in hospital with pancreatitis.

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Alcohol was gonna kill me but pancreatitis came and saved me. I talk about it as a way of me giving back in my own special ways.

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Dramatic When Drunk? Here’s Why You CAN’T Blame ALCOHOL For BAD Behaviour

Many of us try to blame our bad behavior on simply having too many drinks.

But it turns out that the excuse of becoming a ‘different person’ when we drink is just a myth.

Psychologists have found our personalities barely change at all, and that we simply lose our inhibitions and become more extroverted.

During a test, where participants drank four cocktails over 15 minutes, US researchers observed that their sober and inebriated personalities stayed much the same.

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It may be the case that people simply expect to become different when they are drunk, or that the changes are all in their heads.

Study leader Dr Rachel Winograd, said: ‘There may be a small subset of people who turn into someone completely different when they are drunk, and this may suggest an alcohol problem, but on the whole, most people do not.

‘They instead experience shifts in perception and mood, which may not be observable.

‘We saw people laughing louder, making jokes, doing funny dances, which they would likely not have done sober.

‘But this does not mean that if people behave badly when very drunk, that they are not responsible.’

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SO INSPIRING! ‘Shuga’ Actress Waihiga Mutero Confesses About Her ALCOHOLIC Life And How It All Started Due To a CHEATING Boyfriend

Waihiga Mutero, 24, went down a dangerous path of alcoholism after the boyfriend she was head over heels for cheated on her. Everyone, except her, knew about the affairs and when she finally found out, the embarrassment and humiliation made her get a rebound boyfriend.

But the new man drank a lot and before she realised it, she had joined the bandwagon and became an alcoholic.

To understand Waihiga’s story fully, we need to go back to the beginning. Waihiga was born on July, 1 1992 and was adopted when she was an infant. She moved to South Africa when she was nine years old after her father got a job there.

Waihiga says she had a culture shock and struggled to adjust from having many friends back in Kenya to starting life all over again. She had to learn self-reliance fast.

In school, Waihiga realised she had a natural talent in acting. “Drama was the one class I succeeded at effortlessly.”

In 2009, Waihiga watched Shuga – a youth series advocating safe sex sponsored by MTV Base and became determined to be part of the production.

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After completing her matriculation, Waihiga moved back to Kenya in 2010 and joined USIU in 2011 for her university studies.

She got a chance to become part of the Shuga cast after going through vigorous auditions. “I auditioned tirelessly and beat more than 500 people to get the role of Njoki, the girl whose character slept with everyone. Acting in Shuga was a dream come true.”

Waihiga balanced between school and acting, but her studies were her number one priority.

During one of the auditions Waihiga attended, she met a big shot producer, whose company was scouting for actors for a show called Living on Campus, and the two started dating. She was smitten and felt on top of the world. But there was trouble in paradise. Her boyfriend was cheating on her and everyone, but her, knew.

“These big time producers usually cheat. They have so many women around them. When people tried to tell me he was cheating, I would hear none of it. I thought they were trying to get in between us and I’d tell them off,” Waihiga says.

But as they say about everything done in the dark – it always comes to light. Waihiga found out the allegations were actually fact. “I felt humiliated and immediately started dating someone else.”

Waihiga’s rebound drank too much and she caught on. “Before him, I didn’t drink a lot. I’d only drink during the weekends, but with him, I started drinking daily. And before long, I was even outdrinking him and I thought that was cool. I thought I was tough – being able to outdrink guys.”

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Waihiga’s relationship with the new man did not last long. He dumped her, saying she had stopped taking care of herself, was unpresentable and maintained poor standards of hygiene.

With the rejection, Waihiga turned all her focus to alcohol. “After all, alcohol could not leave me, it could not cheat on me.”

In 2013, Waihiga was cast in the TV series Maisha. But as she continued to “graduate” to stronger alcoholic drinks, her work suffered. “I am one of those people who when I do drink, you can immediately tell. My eyes become red, my speech is slurred, I get overexcited and have fake hype.”

Her employers warned her to get her drinking under control, but she didn’t listen. She started showing up late and one day, Waihiga didn’t show up at all.

“I started having a sense of entitlement and felt I was being underpaid and exploited. Now when I look at it, I realise it was experience I could have built on instead of losing everything.”

Waihiga’s parents started picking that all was not well with their daughter and later found out she was not attending class, despite them paying the expensive fees.

“It reached a point they stopped paying my fees because they were coughing money every semester and I was getting Fs because of not attending classes and I’d have to repeat.”

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Waihiga’s parents signed her up at a rehabilitation Christian centre in one of the posh suburbs in Nairobi.

“It was a horrible experience. First of all, the workers forcibly shaved my mohawk, saying it was a rebellious hairstyle. We [patients] were drugged to keep us under control and sometimes the attendants would beat people up if they didn’t follow orders.”

Waihiga continues, “I was once slapped. It was hell and I had to fake I was better to get out of there. They use intimidation to make patients submit. I paid lip service and said all the right things – like that I would never touch alcohol again – for them to allow me to leave.”

Waihiga says the drugs administered were medication for people with psychosis and bipolar disease and they made patients’ health deteriorate. The idea is to ensure patients become dependent on rehabilitation so the owners continue making money, she says.

“Patients ate ugali every other day. There are people who became so reliant on the rehab, they had a discount.”

After leaving rehab, Waihiga stayed away from alcohol for some time, but slowly started drinking again. She also had a sense of entitlement and whenever her parents delayed giving her her monthly allowance, she would confront them.

“If I was expecting the money on Monday and by Tuesday it wasn’t in my account, I would confront my parents and ask them why they were delaying the transfer yet it was my money.”

Waihiga later met a man who encouraged her to be a better person, but the relationship was short-lived because he moved to the US.

Without a strong support system, Waihiga despaired and in November 2015, she gathered the psychosis pills she had stored – she was supposed to take them daily, but didn’t because they did more harm than good – and took them at once. Waihiga’s suicide attempt failed.

She woke up in the high dependency unit at the Aga Khan University Hospital with nurses around her. “They asked me if I was going to be good.”

She had given them a hard time – kicking and fighting.

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Waihiga is currently doing a recovery programme at a halfway house – Eden House. She says it is nothing like the rehabilitation centre she had been enrolled in before. “The programme at Eden House is a lifestyle. It is giving me the tools to sustain and support my new normal which is sobriety.”

The counselors at Eden are reformed alcoholics and addicts, so they understand how hard it is to quit and remain sober.

“It’s the best thing that has happened to me in the last six years.”

Waihiga says the hardest part of moving towards sobriety is accepting there is a problem.

Through the programme, Waihiga is peeling back the surfaces and getting to the root of what issues ail her. She says she realises that for a long time, she was looking for love and acceptance and felt she never really belonged because she is adopted.

“But I realise how much my parents care about me. They never gave up on me despite all the times I messed up.”

Waihiga says there is no such thing as a functional alcoholic. “These are broken people running away from themselves. The sooner you accept there is a problem, the better. I have lost many friends to alcohol and there was a time I would go and drink in memory of them. My friends and I would tell ourselves that is what they would have wanted.”

Waihiga says she is a product of grace and encourages anyone struggling with alcoholism or any other addiction to accept there is a problem then confront it.

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How Do You Deal With A Drunk Partner?

Maina met a  woman yesterday who admitted to him that her husband has become a wreck because of alcohol.

The man is constantly drinking to the point where he is unable to work and that leaves here to take care of both the business and the home alone.

To make matters worse, he gets abusive whenever he is drunk and won’t listen to anyone, even his family, and has completely refused to seek professional help for his problem .

The question posed to listeners today was “Are you living with a drunkard? How do you deal with them?”

Here is what the listeners had to say.

Kenyans and the illicit brew problem

Over the last couple of days there has been a crackdown on second generation liquor with millions of litres poured and factories closed. Women say that their husbands who consume this illicit brew are irresponsible, cannot sire children and have neglected their families.

On the morning conversation with Larry Asego and Mwalimu King’ang’i, the big question was ‘do Kenyans know how to drink and is the alcoholic problem limited to second generation drinks?’

According to Larry Asego, if a man is alcoholic whether it is on first generation drinks, there will be serious side effects and therefore Kenyans need to deal with alcoholism as a whole and not only turn a blind eye to the 1st generation drinks.

One caller said that ‘alcohol is alcohol’ and therefore the problem should be dealt as a whole instead of focusing only on the illicit brews. What say you? Why doesn’t alcoholism where 1st generation drinks are involved cause so much uproar? Listen to the interesting conversation below

Kabete women beat up seven drunk men

Seven men were beaten up by women yesterday in Kiambu county when they were found drinking behind shops and bars A woman allegedly selling bhang was also beaten as the men staggered away from King’eero shopping centre, Kabete constituency.

Two of the men were found in a wines and spirits bar, having been locked inside by a female attendant at around 9am. They were pulled out, slapped, caned and whipped. The women told the Star the middle-aged and young men wake up early in the morning and walk to the shopping centre to drink since the sellers welcome them.

“The alcohol sellers want to make a profit but society is left crying that men and sons have abandoned their responsibilities,” resident Nancy Muthoni said. She said many young people divorce because men are unable to sire children due to the effects of illicit brews.

“These men contribute money and buy drinks from an alcohol wholesaler. They proceed to drink in corridors behind bars and shops,” resident Monica Wairimu said. The women marched to King’eero police post, where the officers said they cannot legally intervene since some outlets are licensed to sell at wholesale.

Women later went to King’eero public cemetery and prayed for eight people who allegedly died of alcohol- related problems. Michael Kang’ethe, county director of the Alcoholic Drinks Control Unit, said bars that abuse the law will lose their licences.

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Women trying to conceive should not drink alcohol at all

Women trying to conceive and those in the first three months of pregnancy are advised not to drink any alcohol at all, new guidelines recommend.

Previous guidance stated that mothers-to-be should not drink more than two units once or twice per week, but revised advice from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) states that pregnant women should completely avoid alcohol for the first three months.

There is no proven safe amount that women can drink during pregnancy and the only way to be certain that the baby is not harmed by alcohol is not to drink at all during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

Meanwhile drinking around conception and during the first three months of pregnancy may increase the chance of miscarriage. The guidance states that drinking alcohol may affect the unborn baby as some will pass through the placenta and into its bloodstream.

This can affect the baby’s development, in particular the way its brain develops and how it grows in the womb. This can lead to foetal growth restriction and increase the risk of stillbirth and premature labour.

It could also result in foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and the more severe foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), which can lead to children having physical and mental disabilities.

Chairwoman of the RCOG’s Patient Information Committee, Philippa Marsden, said: ‘For women planning a family, it is advisable not to drink during this time. Either partner drinking heavily can make it more difficult to conceive.

 

Can Coffee Protect You From the Effects of Alcohol?

Previous research has linked caffeinated coffee consumption to lower risk of liver disease. But they didn’t know whether to credit caffeine or coffee for the benefits, and according to that research’s results, you’d need to drink at least two cups of coffee per day. (It’s not a ton, but bad news if you’re naturally sensitive to caffeine.)

In a new study, researchers from the National Cancer Institute examined the 24-hour dietary recalls of 27,793 adults, then assessed their liver enzyme levels, a common way to test how well the liver functions. People who reported drinking three or more cups of coffee were the most likely to have normal liver enzyme levels — regardless of whether they drank decaf or the strong stuff.

Interestingly, heavy alcohol drinkers who also drank coffee appeared to have healthier livers than heavy drinkers who drank no coffee. “This apparent benefit was far more modest than the harmful effects of heavy alcohol drinking, which is an established cause for liver disease,” says lead study author Dr. Qian Xiao from the National Cancer Institute.

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