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How do I know if my husband is end stage alcoholism?

How do I know if my husband is end stage 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 more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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


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My question is do you think I have alcoholism? 2-3 glasses of wint 4 times per week

My question is do you think I have alcoholism? 2-3 glasses of wint 4 times per week

What do you think?: Have you lost control of your drinking? Have you experienced unmanageability? You might want to attend an open meeting of alcoholics anonymous and see if you identify with those who see themselves as alcoholics. ...Read more

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The first stage of alcoholism is characterized by what symptoms?

The first stage of alcoholism is characterized by what symptoms?

Overconsumption: You can find information on usual stages of alcoholism at this website. http://alcoholselfhelpnews.wordpress.com/2008/05/24/5-stages-of-alcoholism/ in general a person is consuming more alcohol regularly and appears to function despite that. ...Read more

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He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?

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

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Will the intervention stop alcoholism?

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 more

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Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

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 more

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What are the signs that a person has alcoholism?

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 more

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Is alcoholism all bad?

Is alcoholism all bad?

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 more

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Have you tried medications for alcoholism ?

Have you tried medications for alcoholism ?

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 more

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How do I tell if bf has trouble with alcoholism?

Observe: Perhaps one of the simplest defintions that can be readily observed by a partner is--does the persons drinking cause problems in their life and yet despite these problems do they continue to drink? ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more