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A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

1 doctor answer4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Alcohol: Guide them to seek counseling, attend rehab program , & aa meetings. Also need to monitor by addiction specialist for withdrawal.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

How might you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 26 years experience
The individual: Needs to be willing to accept help. You can express your concerns (be specific). You can offer to drive someone to an alcoholics anonymous meeting or to see an addiction medicine specialist. But you can't make they stop drinking. Often you are planting a seed that may or may not come to fruition at a later date.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Are there any pills to help me stop drinking alcohol?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Erik Messamore
Psychiatry 25 years experience
May improve odds: It's VERY unlikely that meds alone will succeed. Medication can help improve odds of success at working a comprehensive (and personalized) program to help understand and change drinking behavior. FDA-recognized meds for this are: disulfiram, acamprosate, and naltrexone. Though not recognized by the FDA, topiramate seems useful for this as well.
Dr. Paul Pyles
Dr. Paul Pyles commented
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
Zoloft may also help reduce drinking.
Feb 21, 2015
Dr. Paul Pyles
Dr. Paul Pyles commented
Addiction Medicine 34 years experience
I have also had some patients use Buspar with success.
Feb 21, 2015
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