and pee or poo problems

Let’s yarn about this

Cover picture

Too much grog can affect your PEE because:

  • it upsets the bladder (pee bag) and causes you to pee more often
  • it dulls the nerves of the bladder and makes it sleepy and sends wrong messages
  • it makes it hard to hold on to the pee and you may wet your pants
  • you can’t feel if the bladder is full
  • there is more chance of getting germs in the pee, and
  • grog tells the kidneys to make more pee.

Too much grog can affect your POO because it:

  • upsets the gut and gives you runny poo that is hard to hold in
  • makes you feel crook and gives you a gut ache
  • dulls the nerves of the bowel (back passage) and you can’t feel if the bowel is full (makes the bowel sleepy), and
  • can make you mess your pants and feel shamed.
Wet pants

Too much grog upsets your body and your health

  • Grog makes your brain and thinking slow down and you lose control of your pee and poo.
  • If your thinking is too slow you can’t walk properly or find the toilet.
  • Grog can make you feel bad and sick the next day.
    You don’t eat the right foods or drink enough fluids to keep your bladder and bowel healthy.
Poor health

What you can do

  • Keep your brain in control so you can feel when you want to pee and poo.
  • Before you start to drink try to set a limit on the grog – take it slow.
  • Drink a glass of water after every glass of grog so you don’t dry out.
  • Eat food while you drink grog – the food will help break down the grog.
  • Wear clothing that is easy to pull up and down.
  • Get into other things like sport, walking, fishing, art, or family.
  • Talk to a friend who can help you to slow down or stop boozing.
Go fidhing

Talk to your health worker, nurse or doctor

Who can help?

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health service
  • Health workers
  • Nurses
  • Doctors
  • National Continence Helpline Freecall™ 1800 33 00 66
Talk about your problem
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This series of brochures has been developed by the Continence Foundation of Australia and funded under
the Australian Government’s National Continence Management Strategy.

Indigenous artwork created by Georgina Altona and Warwick Keen.
Other illustrations by JAT Illustrational and Fusebox Design.

© 2010

All information in this publication is correct as at August 2012

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