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symptoms of alcohol abuse?

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Dr. Alan Anthony
Dermatology 21 years experience
Many: Binge drinking, drinking that affects work and relationships. Look up the cage questions and seek help if you need it!
Dr. Lawrence Greenfield md
Specializes in Internal Medicine
The CAGE questions are used to screen for alcohol (and other substance use) problems. Have you felt a need to CUT down? Have you been ANNOYED by people concerned with your use of substances including alcohol? Have you felt GUILT about things done or said while drinking or using? Do you ever use alcohol to calm nerves, sleep, or in the AM as an EYEOPENER? 2 or more positive responses=seek help
Jun 30, 2014
Dr. Andrew Berry
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence.
Dr. Donald Gieck
Clinical Psychology 14 years experience
Alcohol Abuse: Alcohol abuse refers to use of alcohol to the extent that it interferes with core responsibilities and tasks (family, work responsibilities), or causes negative outcomes (e.g., DUI). Abuse can progress to dependence with physical and psychological addiction - increased tolerance (need more to get the same effect), withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, and preoccupation with drinking.

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Is it safe to take medications that contain alcohol during pregnancy?

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No: Alcohol is not safe in pregnancy and can lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known safe amount of alcohol in pregnancy. So once you know you are pregnant, you should stop all of it. This includes even the small amounts that are in some medicines.
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Is it safe to take medications containing alcohol while pregnant?

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Is it possible for alcohol withdrawal or abuse cause flu like symptoms?

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Dr. Kevin Passer
Child Psychiatry 35 years experience
Yes: It may feel like one has the flu when experiencing what are known as withdrawal symptoms. Usually, one has to drink every day for at least one month, before they would have withdrawal symptoms after abruptly stopping. More over, the most severe kinds of withdrawal from alcohol can involve the person having a seizure, which can be dangerous as it can cause a person to stop breathing.
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What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? How can I care for someone with brain tumor?

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Dr. William Goldie
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Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking.
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How do you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

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Alcohol: Guide them to seek counseling, attend rehab program , & aa meetings. Also need to monitor by addiction specialist for withdrawal.

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