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how di you know if someone is dying of alcoholism?

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Dr. Elizabeth Howell
Psychiatry 41 years experience
Different ways: Alcoholism can kill in many ways. All organs of the body can be affected by alcohol. Liver disease kills many alcoholics, and it caused increased size of the abdomen with wasting and shrinkage of the arms and legs, jaundice (yellowing of the skin), difficulty thinking or reasoning, confusion, bleeding, infection. Alcohol also damages the heart and can cause chronic heart problems that may kill.
Dr. Adam Front
Dr. Adam Front commented
Clinical Psychology 27 years experience
Part of the reason that many people do not believe that alcoholism is really a disease is that most alcoholics do not look or feel very ill until they develop conditions that can be fatal.
Sep 10, 2013

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When does "just having a good time" turn into alcoholism?

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Family Medicine 8 years experience
Good question...: Ask yourself some key questions: have you ever felt you needed to cut down on your drinking? Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? Have you ever felt guilty about drinking? Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover? Answering yes to one of these questions may indicate alcoholism.
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Can alcoholism make me sterile?

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Dr. Emily Luanswered
Family Medicine 7 years experience
Yes: Alcoholism leads to impotence in men 70-80% of the time, including testicular atrophy, infertility and decreased libido. Moderate alcohol abuse can also increase the risk of infertility in women and alcohol abuse during pregnancy has a 50-70% chance of causing fetal abnormalities.
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Are there medicinal treatment option for curing alcoholism?

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Dr. David Hunter
Psychiatry 30 years experience
No: Most mental health professionals would agree that there is no cure for alcoholism. There are several medications on the market to assist with sobriety. Millions of individuals have overcome their illness by maintaining sobriety through twelve step programs like alcoholics anonymous.
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Do treatments for alcoholism work?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Depends: Some treatments work, and some don't. Depends on many factors including the addict, the addiction substance(s), the health of the addict, the therapy and the therapist skill.
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Will the intervention stop alcoholism?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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It helps: An "intervention" is often the first step in treating alcoholism or addiction. The most important aspect, however, is the persons own desire to do something about their "disease". An intervention typically involves a period of in-patient rehabilitation, followed by support groups(such as aa), sometimes therapy and there a host of medicines that may aid in helping one to stop drinking.

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