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3 Stages Of Alcoholism
Look At The Symptoms: End stage alcoholism is marked by a total loss of control in all aspects of the alcoholic's life including relationships, employment, physical and mental health. The individual cannot stop drinking as attempts to stop cause severe withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations delirium tremens, or seizures. Multi-organ failure is common and mortality rates are very high. Treatment must be sought. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more
He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?
Yes: Unfortunately with dementias one often loses the ability to stop inappropriate social behaviors including the ones mentioned. The behavior is primarily physiological in this context. Measures to help him feel safer and medications which might enhance inhibitory circuits could be tried. I am not aware of any "magic bullets" for this but I would avoid shaming or confrontations. Try singing!? ...Read more
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. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes : As i understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Test yourself: There are several tests that may indicate whether you have a problem. The most common screening we use in medicine is the cage questions... ?have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? ?have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? ?have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? ?have you ever taken a drink first thing in the morning (eye-opener). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing Good: Alcoholism damages the body, destroys the liver, weaknes the heart and cause dementia. These are the three major organs to sustain life. It also destroys relationships and work productivity. So I am sorry but i cannot find anything good in this. If you are using alcohol as a sedative or pain reliever there are better alternatives. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
YES HAVE PRESCRIBED: There are two approaches ; 1. To reduce cravings using either Campral or naltrxone or 2. The deterrent Antabuse that only reacts if you are exposed to alcohol. The deterrent works by blocking the breakdown of alcohol with a build up of one of the metabolites and this leads to nausea, vomiting, and elevated blood pressure. Varying response rates to these to be honest. Have to really want it! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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