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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Overview)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol.


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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

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Overview)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol.


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What defines alcoholism?

What defines alcoholism?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance,
withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Alcoholism (Tip)

Many people have overcome alcoholism successfully. ...See more

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Is alcoholism a disease?

Is alcoholism a disease?

Alcoholism a disease: Alcoholism a disease due to:
Short Term Health Risks
•Motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings,
•Homicide, Suicide, Sexual assault
•Alcohol Poisoning
•Risky sexual behaviors leading to pregnancy or STD
Long Term Health Risks
•High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease
Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon
•Memory problems, Dementia
Depression, Anxiety ...Read more

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How is alcoholism treated?

How is alcoholism treated?

Multiple ways: To treat alcoholism, there are both inpatient and outpatient programs. Many are run in accord with 12-step philosophy. Visit aa (http://www. Aa.Org) to get an idea. Also there are aftercare recovery groups that teach skills for living without depending on alcohol. Addiction medicine docs can help too ; and psychiatrists to treat conditions that might interfere with your recovery. ...Read more

Dr. Emma Rishton Dr. Rishton
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Alcoholism (Tip)

“there is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty.” ― alcoholics anonymous. ...See more

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What is done for alcoholism?

What is done for alcoholism?

Treatment: Behavior methods have been successful in helping many become sober and reducing risk of relapse. First step is to approach your doctor and assess the impact on your brain and body. Then obtain treatment referrals. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism be inherited?

Can alcoholism be inherited?

Yes: Having one parent with alcoholism increases one's chances of having this problem. Your chances increase if both parents are alcoholic. Being aware of this and avoiding drinking too much will help. It may be best to figure out a way to have a happy life without having to drink at all. There are lots of very happy people who do not drink. (like me). Good luck to you. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Alcoholism (Tip)

It helps to have a buddy system to hold you accountable and support you. ...See more

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How is alcoholism dangerous?

How is alcoholism dangerous?

Alcoholism Health Ri: Short Term Health Risks
•Motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings,
•Homicide, Suicide, Sexual assault
•Alcohol Poisoning
•Risky sexual behaviors leading to pregnancy or STD
•Miscarriage and stillbirth
Long Term Health Risks
•High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease
Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon
•Memory problems, Dementia
Depression, Anxiety ...Read more

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What are signs of alcoholism?

Signs of alcholism: C - have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

A- have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

G - have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

E - eye opener: have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

From: http://alcoholism.About. Com/od/tests/a/tests. Htm. ...Read more

Dr. Jeff Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Alcoholism (Tip)

Don't go it alone. Alcoholics tend to isolate themselves at times they need fellowship the most. ...See more

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What are symptoms of alcoholism?

What are symptoms of alcoholism?

Withdrawal and drinking despite negative consequences: When someone drinks depite negative consequences. If alchohol "calls " them and/or they have withdrawal when they stop. ...Read more

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How can alcoholism be a disease?

How can alcoholism be a disease?

Many reasons: Like heart disease ; diabetes, alcoholism is due to genes ; poor life style choices- diet, no exercise, smoking. Genetics are 50% responsible. Children of alcoholics are 8 x more likely to become alcoholics. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Evidence shows altered neurotransmitter response to alcohol. If one of your family members is alcoholic, you risk surprise addiction to a prescribed pain pill. ...Read more

Dr. Emma Rishton Dr. Rishton
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Alcoholism (Tip)

“the hard things in life, the things you really learn from, happen with a clear mind.” ― c. Knapp. ...See more

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What can be done for alcoholism?

What can be done for alcoholism?

Treatment available: A desire to stop drinking has to come from patient to be successful. Pressured into treatment, forced to quit w/o commitment is rarely successful. There is no cure but many treatments can keep drinking at bay ; bring a person to a healthy, happy, fulfilling life.
Stages
1. Coming to a decision,
2.Detoxification,
3. Active work--rehab, 12 step, support group, meds for craving
4. Relapse prevention. ...Read more

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What are the causes of alcoholism?

Alcoholism: It's an incredibly complex combination of genetic and environmental factors that are poorly understood. Alcoholism can run quite strongly, suggesting a genetic component, but also, the environment plays heavily into the clinical picture, i.e., how much one is around alcohol. Proponents of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that alcoholism is a spiritual problem, or one of characterological defect. ...Read more

Dr. Sophie Duriez Dr. Duriez
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Alcoholism (Tip)

Alcohol abuse resulting personality change & anger is often confused with bipolar disorder! ...See more

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What sort of problem is alcoholism?

A serious one.: Alcoholism is a disease that affects mind, body & spirit. One loses control of alcohol use, is preoccupied w alcohol & continues to drink alcohol in spite of problems related to it's use. One may drink more than intended & over time may need to drink larger amounts of alcohol to obtain the same effect. Attempts to cut down on use or to stop use may have been unsuccessful. Alcoholism creates > ...Read more

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How does alcoholism affect my body?

How does alcoholism affect my body?

Many detriments: Medical problems from alcoholism include: depression, anxiety, suicide, liver failure, encephalopathy (brain problems), malnutrition, heart problems, ulcers, lung problems, aspiration pneumonias, esophageal problems, GI bleeding, kidney disease, bladder cancers, intestinal cancers, other cancers, bone marrow suppression, (need we go further?). ...Read more

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What solves alcoholism in older men?

What solves alcoholism in older men?

Recovery: Typically, alcoholism doesn't get cured. It is an ongoing disorder that requires ongoing work to treat it. Recovery can occur, but it does involve connections to other people and persistent work. Find a good alcohol treatment facility and commit to the recovery process. You an also seek out alcoholics anonymous or rational recovery groups as well. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Alcoholism?

What are the symptoms of Alcoholism?

Alcoholism Symptoms: Alcoholism affects body and mind leading to symptoms, diseases and disorders.
Medical symptoms and conditions due to:
•GI Disorders
•High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease
Cancer of, mouth, throat, liver, and colon.
Delirium
•Memory problems, Dementia
Psychiatric Symptoms and conditions due to:
•Psychotic Disorder, Homicide
Depression, Suicide
Anxiety Disorder, Insomnia ...Read more

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What diseases does alcoholism cause?

What diseases does alcoholism cause?

Alcoholism causes: Chronic damage to lots of systems, the most notable are kidney and liver--those being the two systems most engaged in eliminating the toxic substances that ethanol becomes (acetaldehyde to acetic acid to acetyl-CoA.). Permanent brain damage (Korsakov's syndrome) can result from chronic exposure to ethanol and its nor-metabolites. Let the body deal with its own ethanol from natural digestion... ...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 is Alcoholism a risk factor for?

Alcoholism increases the chances of:: Breast cancer, Cervical cancer, Dupuytren's contracture, Epidural abscess, Hemorrhagic stroke, Hepatitis C, Lipoma, Liver abscess, Liver failure, Low folate (folic acid) level, Obesity in adults, Sepsis, Septic arthritis, Sporotrichosis, Status epilepticus, Toxic shock syndrome, Transient ischemic attack, Vascular dementia, Vitamin B3 deficiency, Vitamin C deficiency, Wernicke encephalopathy, Zinc deficiency, Obesity, Acute kidney failure, Chronic atrial fibrillation, Mallory Weiss tear, Hepatitis, Gingivitis, Encephalitis, Hiccups, Kidney failure, Stroke, Alcohol intoxication, Atrial flutter, Transfusion related acute lung injury, Tuberculosis, Alcoholic hepatitis, Chronic pelvic pain, Cocaine abuse, Dementia, Gallbladder diseases, Liver cancer, Nerve pain, Neuropathy, Receding gums. ...Read more

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Will the intervention stop alcoholism?

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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Where can I get help for my alcoholism?

Alcoholism Help: I commend you for your desire to get help for Your Alcoholism.
Let Wise Person within you ask:
•Duration of Alcoholism?
•Effect on marriage, relationships, work, and finances?
•Conviction to overcome Alcoholism; and reasons for it?
See a Psychiatrist for
•Therapy to understand use of Alcohol and its effects,
•To learn coping skills to deal with stresses of life
•Attend AA Meetings regularly ...Read more

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What should I do to cure my alcoholism?

What should I do to cure my alcoholism?

Start with AA: Asking your question here is a first step. Go to an AA meeting today. Find a meeting near you: http://www. Aa.org/ and be surrounded by countless others regaining their lives from alcohol. Great to want to cure your alcoholism, but "one day at a time" is the best mind-set. Find a sponsor. Listen to those at the meetings for courage. Maybe a therapist or doctor can also help. Don't give up! ...Read more

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What can be done to stop my alcoholism?

Agree w Dr. Pappas: If a person is going through withdrawal after stopping alcohol use – detoxification in an inpatient setting (sometimes outpatient) may be needed. Attending a rehabilitation program (in or outpatient) is optimum. Basing sobriety on Alcoholics Anonymous can be effective. Some work with an addiction medicine specialist or an addiction psychiatrist. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more