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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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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?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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