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Doctor insights on: Abuse Of Alcohol

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What do you consider worse marijuana abuse or alcohol?

What do you consider worse marijuana abuse or alcohol?

Don't know: Abuse of either implies dysfunction in business, personal, or health issues. I know people like to say how much more unhealthy someone on alchohol may be and often it is true. However, the intellectual impairment and potential lung/cardiac disease from smoking may be worse for certain people who abuse marijuana. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol poisoning?

Is there a difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol poisoning?

Yes: Alcohol abuse is defined as having consequences from alcohol use that are not physical in nature, such as legal problems i.e. Dui, loss of job or poor performance in school, relationship problems, etc. Alcohol poisoning is a direct effect of drinking too much alcohol during a specific period of time that causes physical harm to the body such as respiratory depression. ...Read more

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Food for recovery from alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal and malnutrition? And other tips on how to recover? I'm aching a lot and dizzy

Food for recovery from alcohol abuse and alcohol withdrawal and malnutrition? And other tips on how to recover? I'm aching a lot and dizzy

Congratulations: on your recovery process. Alcohol/drug withdrawing needs to be supervised by your doctor for your safety. At some point he/she will encourage you to continue on your own and return if needed. Malnutrition is a risk factor. Lab testing for nutrient levels is best. Otherwise, include protein, good fats, and carbs in each meal. Don't listen to the low fat and no eggs hype. It is not good science ...Read more

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Why do I have a little ear? The other is normal. My mom abused crack alcohol and other drugs the whole time she was pregnant with me. Could that have anything to do with it?

Body symmetry: Our body symmetry is often very close but not exact. There are often different sizes & other characteristics of each ear, each hand, each eye, etc. Even when mom never used any substances/alcohol in pregnancy. Not sure how big a size difference we are talking about. While it is not impossible that use of substances/alcohol played a role, it may be harmful to dwell on or assume that mom caused it. ...Read more

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What conditions are most common in people who abuse alcohol?

Alcohol Abuse: It could be a genetic predispostion towards alcohol abuse usually from father to son, or could be depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, adhd etc. ...Read more

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Can a person that has abused alcohol go back to being a 'moderate' drinker? Or would they be forced to abstain altogether?

Can a person that has abused alcohol go back to being a 'moderate' drinker? Or would they be forced to abstain altogether?

Why do you ask?: Most people who have at one time in their lives lost control with respect to alcohol will tell you that they cannot return to moderate drinking. Don't encourage anyone to test this. And if you've ruined a major part of your life, or nearly died, as a result of drinking, why would you WANT to go back to that stuff? ...Read more

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Will my children become alcoholics after watching me abuse alcohol for years?

Will my children become alcoholics after watching me abuse alcohol for years?

Not necessarily: Many studies indicate that there is a genetic component to alcoholism. Being brought up in an alcoholic home can only enhance this risk. Children tend to develop problem solving skills that they have observed in a parent. Taking a drink is not a good example. If you care enough to be concerned, you have already taken a positive step toward sobriety and a better life. ...Read more

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If a child is bullied more as a kid are they more likely to abuse alcohol as an adult?

If a child is bullied more as a kid are they more likely to abuse alcohol as an adult?

Perhaps: Bullies, and those who are bullied, are more at risk for many emotional health problems later on. Many people try to self-treat their emotional pain with substances like alcohol. There are many other factors that also influence the risk of adult alcohol abuse, including family history of alcohol or drug abuse, personal characteristics of vulnerability vs. Resilience, social support, or lack of it. ...Read more

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I abused alcohol 10 years ago. Last year I starting having a couple of drinks a couple of times a week. Does this mean i'm still an alcoholic?

I abused alcohol 10 years ago. Last year I starting having a couple of drinks a couple of times a week. Does this mean i'm still an alcoholic?

It Depends: Most people with alcohol dependency are unable to drink socially and in moderation. Some are, most are not. Also, a lot of folks with this problem will say they are a recovering alcoholic, even though they haven't drank in years. Finally, alcohol abuse is not necessarily the same as alcohol dependence. If drinking interferes with your life in any way, you probably should not drink at all. ...Read more

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Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Why do the liver cells of people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth tissue?

Alcoholic liver : Not sure what you mean by smooth tissue. Generally, early in the disease alcoholics get more fat in their liver, followed shortly by liver inflammation, and eventually by fibrosis or scarring of the liver. At that point the liver appears shrunken. and hard in texture. .Best to try to quit drinking now. Your doctor can provide help. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can the doctor measure whether i'm abusing alcohol?

Can the doctor measure whether i'm abusing alcohol?

No : No, the doctor can measure your blood alcohol level and find out how much you had to drink, by that sometimes they can conclude if you are drinking on the regular basis, but there is no physical test that will show for sure if you are abusing alcohol. That said, your doctor or psychiatrist or psychologist after conducting an interview with you can diagnose alcohol abuse or dependence, . ...Read more

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Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Why do the liver cells of some people who abuse alcohol and drugs have an increased amount of smooth ER?

Induced effect: EtOH induces proliferation of smooth ER in hepatocytes in order to detoxify the body. Specific drugs will do the same. ...Read more

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I used to abuse alcohol. But have not in two years.Anyway i get pins and needles and numbess in the last year. Where is this from?

Periph. neuropathy: Peripheral neuropathy is a problem of the nerves in the extremities and has several major causes: most common is diabetes, but alcohol abuse is also a common cause. Generally, the symptoms can be treated somewhat with medications to make the nerves less irritable, but alcoholic neuropathies are typically irreversible. See your doctor for treatment options. ...Read more

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Connection between narcolepsy and chronic alcohol abuse over time? 52 year old brother-in-law diagnosis with narcolepsy and has abused alcohol for decades.

Connection between narcolepsy and chronic alcohol abuse over time? 52 year old brother-in-law diagnosis with narcolepsy and has abused alcohol for decades.

Challenging problem: Chronic alcohol abuse could lead to falling asleep simply from intoxication -- which could complicate ongoing narcolepsy if this is also going on. Alcohol abuse will certainly worsen any brain-related condition, and will disturb sleep -- insomnia common. Is he willing to get help for the alcohol abuse? If not, the outlook is not good for him. ...Read more

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Ggt 171 ALT 51 not abusing alcohol or drugs not taking pain relief just finished co amoxiclav 625 mg three times daily for 7 days?

Ggt 171 ALT 51 not abusing alcohol or drugs not taking pain relief just finished co amoxiclav 625 mg three times daily for 7 days?

Maybe "hepatitis": Hepatitis is defined as inflammation of liver cells, as is indicated by elevation in serum transaminases (ast, alt, ggt). Hepatitis can be caused by a variety of issues (infectious, ischemic, metabolic, toxic, infiltrative, alcohol-related, drugs, etc.). Ggt is not however specific to just the liver--so, what tests have been done ; what has been ruled out? ...Read more

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I'm 33 years old and when I was in my 20's I abused alcohol, lately whenever I have a drink socially I get the worst pain in my stomach. Why?

I'm 33 years old and when I was in my 20's I abused alcohol, lately whenever I have a drink socially  I get the worst pain in my stomach.  Why?

Irritation: Regardless of what you did in your 20s, it sounds like your stomach is telling you something! i would worry about direct irritation called gastritis, or even ulcer disease. Drinking socially is of course something that needs to be explored as it can be a lot or a little. With the pain being so severe, it would be good to talk with your physician, especially with what you shared of your past use. ...Read more

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Can a liver failure patient be refused a place on the transplant waiting list if he abuses alcohol?

Yes: Alcoholism can lead to chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, and loss of liver function. Most liver transplant programs have strict rules about transplanting livers into non-recovered alcoholics. Very often documented abstinence of 6 months or more is required. Check with your local transplant program about their rules and protocols. ...Read more

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I've had no falls or abuse. No drugs/alcohol. Chronic rib fx. Just found out from a recent break. Was told prior it was just a strained muscle.cancer?

I've had no falls or abuse. No drugs/alcohol. Chronic rib fx. Just found out from a recent break. Was told prior it was just a strained muscle.cancer?

Be checked: There are multiple potential causes including osteoporosis or other pathological condition affecting the bone. Further workup should be done to identify the etiology and potentially begin treatment to prevent other fractures. ...Read more

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Can smoking cigarettes and abusing alcohol look like bipolar disorder? I was diagnosed with bipolar after i started using. Now i quit and need info.

Can smoking cigarettes and abusing alcohol look like bipolar disorder? I was diagnosed with bipolar after i started using. Now i quit and need info.

Bipolar and alcohol: You would be a tough patient to diagnose because although alcohol abuse can look exactly like bipolar disorder, it is very common for bipolar persons to abuse alcohol and other drugs in an attempt to self treat depression or during periods of mania. If you've quit abusing alcohol, this is great and you should see your psychiatric now that you're sober and you may get a better evaluation. ...Read more

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