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Is having a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover, normal?

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Dr. Brian Fishman
Dr. Brian Fishmananswered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
No: Ask yourself these questions: 1) do you feel the need to cut back on your drinking? 2) are you annoyed when others ask you to stop? 3) do you feel guilty about drinking? 4) do you need an "eye-opener" drink in the morning to get going? More than one 'yes' response to any of these questions raises suspicion of alcohol abuse.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Please do not hesitate to talk about this with your primary care physician, who can be a great resource in helping you.
Nov 25, 2011
Dr. Ravi Srivastava
Addiction Medicine 36 years experience
No: It is indicative of alcohol dependentce a nd withdrawal. It is a sign of advanced disease.

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Last updated May 16, 2016

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