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how long can an alcoholic go without a drink

A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. Omar Eton
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37 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Long half life: Oramorph has a long half life. Don't know your dose or why you are taking it. If stable and feeling normal, you can have a drink without getting into ... Read More

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Depends on medicine: This depends on the medication you're taking. Please ask your own physician, who is better able to answer. With some medications, you should not be ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bernard Seif
39 years experience Clinical Psychology
Alcoholism: Needs to be addressed or the person will destroy his/her body, mind, family, and spirit. If you are the loved one of an alcoholic, please consider go ... Read More
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Impossible to say: because it depends on how much damage has already been done. It is not a matter of "rehydration," since most alcoholics are actually overhydrated. Da ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kathy Robinson
31 years experience Family Medicine
Varies: It varies from person to person but most people can go without eating for a very long time (months). Drinking is different. Most people can only go ab ... Read More
A 53-year-old female asked:
Dr. Vasudev Ananthram
31 years experience Cardiology
Don't try : Depends on your physical condition, ambient temperature and activity. I would not try to find out.
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli
44 years experience Clinical Psychology
Alcohol addicition: You will not become addicted right away but if you inherit a certain genetic structure you may be prone to alcoholism. If your tolerance is high that ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Variable: Without water most people will not last more than a 7-10 days. Without food, it depends on the fat stores of the person, ambient temperature, amount o ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
3 days and 3 weeks: Three days without water and three weeks without food.This is average and there are some who can beat the averages, by training their bodies.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Pretty much: Less if it's hot out. Please don't do this, or at least wise up when you get really thirsty.
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Betsy Greenleaf
22 years experience Gynecology
Urination frequency: As the bladder fills it will get to a certain volume that will trigger it to send a message to your brain that you have to urinate. As long as some ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
2 hours: 2 hours.
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Dr. Gregg Albers
40 years experience Addiction Medicine
Drug abuse: The longer you use any drug or alcohol, the more dependent you become and the harder it is to end your use. The question should be how soon can you s ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Wash bottle!!: Months to years, depending on environment, uv exposure, temperature, etc. Don't share unless you want infected.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
One day: Fasting can be very dangerous! Dehydration, malnutrition are risks that can be lethal. If from some illness, intravenous fluids may be required to s ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Martin
31 years experience Family Medicine
Usually 1-3 hrs.: IV fluids for dehydration usually takes 1-3 hours depending on the level of dehydration and how much IV fluids needs to be given.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brandon Maples
17 years experience Pharmacology
Depends: That depends on a lot of factors, such as body weight, amount of Acetaminophen taken, etc. If you or someone you know is considering overdosing, i st ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Stuart Wasser
34 years experience Addiction Medicine
Cant say: You may never develop cirrhosis; however, your question indicates a concern over an obviously heavy pattern of alcohol use. You need to stop drinking ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
48 years experience Addiction Medicine
Did you have problem: With oxycodone - like being addicted to it? When you say quitting (as opposed to stopping) that's what comes to mind. If you had problems with oxyco ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Not advised!: Staying without drinking for that period of time might compromise your body systems, and kidneys might go off. I would not advise to do that Please ge ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joan Kinlan
51 years experience Psychiatry
Better to stop: You can wait a day. You shouldn't drink when you take i or painkillers.
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A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Erik Borncamp
24 years experience Wound care
Depends: Strangulated is different than incarcerated. Incarcerated just means trapped. Strangulated means the trap is so tight it cut off blood supply and th ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Grace Akoh-Arrey
15 years experience Pharmacology
Hypoglycemia: Insulin over dose can range from mild to severe. Prolonged low blood sugar can result in irreversible brain damage and even death. Mild symptoms which ... Read More
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A 84-year-old male asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience Urology
Depend...: Multiple factors-aging, coexisting illness, drug use, supportive care, pace of change, etc., contribute to personal state of overall health, which in ... Read More

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