Tribe Sober – Inspiring an Alcohol-free Life!
After running Tribe Sober for 5 years and helping hundreds of people to ditch the drink and embrace alcohol-free living, I’ve learned a thing or two. My biggest insight has been that sharing our stories around alcohol is the most powerful way we can help others – that’s why the heart of this podcast is recovery stories.
We are, however, also interviewing some experts over the next few episodes – we’ve got a doctor, a psychiatrist, a professor, a journalist – and this week we kick off by interviewing Mauritian scientist, Jean Deenmamode, about the CDT test.
In this Episode
- Jean takes us through his career development and explains how he first came across CDT testing back in 2008
- He explains how the traditional “liver function” that many of us rely on is just not a reliable indicator of whether or not alcohol is harming our health
- Alcohol harms many other parts of our bodies, so there is no reason to focus only on the liver – for example, it is linked to 7 different types of cancer
- The CDT test is a simple blood test that will show elevated markers if a person has been regularly drinking half a bottle of wine or more
- These elevated markers are a clear indication that alcohol is taking its toll on the body and that a change needs to be made
- It’s not a test that puts people in a box and calls them an “alcoholic – it’s a lifestyle assessment that can prompt them to change their drinking habits
- Seeing the results in black and white (as a number) can make all the difference – and often shocks people into taking action
- If people do a CDT test they get an early warning and may be able to adjust their consumption, rather than having to stop drinking completely
- If you drink within the low risk limits of one and a half of bottles a week, you are unlikely to be harming your health
- When a patient presents with anxiety/depression, a doctor can do a CDT test to open the conversation about the patients drinking habits
- Alcohol increases anxiety and when people give up drinking their anxiety will often lift
- The test is inexpensive (30 Euros, R600) and can be arranged by your Doctor
- Tribe Sober members can contact Dr Judy who will arrange for the test
- If you are unable to source the test then you can contact Jean Deenmamode directly on +44(0)7917026152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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