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how much should i worry about alcohol abuse?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology 39 years experience
Don't worry; act!: Alcohol abuse is a disease that deserves serious concern. It can threaten health, and in the worst cases destroy the liver and lead to death. It is also a major cause of marital stress, divorce, job loss, and even homelessness. If you or someone you love abuses alcohol, act now. Seek help from your physician and from other sources such as alcoholics anonymous. Don't delay!
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
Not clear: Personal abuse? Family member? Abuse is a pattern of ongoing behavior and "drug" seeking despite negative consequences (job or family loss etc). Worry about it if it is there.
Dr. David Sherer
Anesthesiology 37 years experience
Alot: Alcohol abuse can affect many organ systems -- especially liver, nervous system, heart, immune and gastrointestinal. Drink only in moderation if your doctor says that it is ok. Usually, one beer or glass of wine per day, or one shot of liquor. But, always check with your doctor first.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Pediatrics 38 years experience
The CAGE questions are a good start, Have you felt you should Cut down on your drinking? Have people been annoyed or criticized by your drinking? Have you felt bad/guilty about your drinking? Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning as an eye opener, pick me up or to steady nerves? Also helpful to call the Alcoholics Anonymous hotline, check out the website, try out a meeting.
Apr 7, 2012
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology 33 years experience
Depends: A "loaded" question, no pun intended. Some say if you worry or "feel guilty" about your drinking, then you may have a problem. Do you drink in the morning? Do others worry about your drinking? Does it interfere with your life?

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