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Outside of a yearly physical monitoring my bloodwork for changes, what signs should I look for when it comes to alcohol abuse to my body.?

Outside of a yearly physical monitoring my bloodwork for changes,  what signs should I look for when it comes to alcohol abuse to my body.?

Why wait 4 problem?: Why not stop abusing alcohol before problems begin. They will develop, and sometimes can sneak up on us. Alcoho isl bad for every organ in the body, down to just about hair, skin & fingernails. There is a reason it is called intoxication. Alcohol is toxic! being drunk is actually having your brain poisoned a little bit. ...Read more

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Dr. Ira Katz
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Electrocardiogram (Definition)

Electrocardiogram (ecg, ekg) is a print-out of the electrical forces detected by electrodes on the chest wall, as electricity travels through the heart with each heart beat. The electrodes are placed in different positions, and each position "sees" the electrical activity of the heart from its own vantage point. Abnormalities in signal detected at chest surface ...Read more


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Does alcohol abuse change your peronality

Does alcohol abuse change your peronality

IT CAN: Certainly while intoxicated you lose inhibitions and can have a "personality change". Also long term effects of alcohol on mood and physical condition. If you question your alcohol use, then you clearly have an alcohol problem get help there is so much that you can do like aa, medications, detox, therapy, and treatment for depression or anxiety that may underlie the abuse. ...Read more

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What is the risk of a heart attack for a late 20's person after drug and alcohol abuse?

What is the risk of a heart attack for a late 20's person after drug and alcohol abuse?

Drug use: It depends on the amount of prior use and whether use is continuing. Certain drugs, such as cocaine, are particularly dangerous in this regard. ...Read more

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How much should I worry about alcohol abuse?

How much should I worry about alcohol abuse?

Alot: Alcohol abuse can affect many organ systems -- especially liver, nervous system, heart, immune and gastrointestinal. Drink only in moderation if your doctor says that it is ok. Usually, one beer or glass of wine per day, or one shot of liquor. But, always check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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How do I admit to needing help for alcohol abuse?

How do I admit to needing help for alcohol abuse?

Seek help!: Choose a trusted friend or family member to help you. See your personal doctor for a consultation and referral to a specialist in addiction medicine. Go to an aa meeting. Many people can and want to help you. Just reach out! don't be ashamed. You are in good company with many famous people. ...Read more

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Are there any medications that help you reduce alcohol abuse?

Are there any medications that help you reduce alcohol abuse?

Yes: Campral - will damage kidney in long run antabuse- cause liver damage trexan - cause liver damage holistic remedy high dose l-glutamine will be safer and reduces cravings. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse cause diabetes?

Can alcohol abuse cause diabetes?

It can: Make you more at risk for diabetes. Heavy drinking can make you less sensitive to insulin. Also heavy drinking can cause chronic pancreatitis which can cause insulin production problems. So this can add to the risk of developing diabetes. Your genetic make up plays the largest role. But drinking can help speed things up ...Read more

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What to do if I have questions about alcohol abuse and denial.?

What to do if I have questions about alcohol abuse and denial.?

Ask them, I suppose: Denial is a common defense mechanism when people are engaging in behaviors that are clearly self-destructive. People with all forms of chemical dependency, including alcohol abuse, will engage in denial, minimalization, rationalization, intellectualization, projection and other defense postures to assure themselves that they are right and the rest of the world is wrong. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse cause retina detach?

Can alcohol abuse cause retina detach?

Alcohol abuse: can create lots of problems. Alcohol can act as a blood thinner which can damage weak small vessels behind the eye near the retina. Please see an opthamologist and also look into a 12 step program or addictions specialist. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

What are the DSM criteria for substance dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol/drugs can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and alcohol abuse different?

Could be same: Alcoholism is a slightly more imprecise term that could imply either alcohol abuse or dependence. Alcohol abuse is when someone continues to drink despite negative consequences. Alcohol dependence is when, in addition to alcohol abuse, the person also has physical dependence (needing to drink to avoid withdrawal) or tolerance (needing increasing amounts) or compulsive use. ...Read more

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I drink alcohol every night, is this alcohol abuse?

I drink alcohol every night, is this alcohol abuse?

Depends: Safe alcohol limits in men are fewer than 15 drinks per week, and in women (and men over 60) 7 drinks per week. If you are having one glass of wine, or one shot of distilled spirits each night, you are within those limits. If you are having 2 or more, you are exposing your body/brain to some risk. If you have 4 or more drinks on one occasion, you are at high risk of alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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What is the connection with alcohol abuse and ear buzzing?

What is the connection with alcohol abuse and ear buzzing?

A Cause of Tinnitus: Alcohol among other things like caffeine can cause increase in tinnitus symptoms. If this is happening then decrease or stop alcohol intake and take vitamins and if persists see ENT to have heaing and ears evaluated. Also Aspirin and advil/ Aleve can also cause tinnitus so use tylenol (acetaminophen) instead. ...Read more

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How does my alcohol abuse lead to dependence and addiction?

How does my alcohol abuse lead to dependence and addiction?

Stop! get help!: Sadly, your ''abuse'' is ''dependence'' and "addiction''! please drop the semantic delay, a life is at stake! yours !hepatitis. ...Read more

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Alcohol abuse and medicines like Adavan, vistral, and naltrexone ?

Alcohol abuse and medicines like Adavan, vistral, and naltrexone ?

Alcohol Abuse: I admire you for caring for your Health! Naltrexone is used to treat Alcoholism. Naltrexone will not cause to "sober up" It is not a cure for Alcoholism. Do not drink alcohol while taking Adavan (Ativan). This can increase the effects of Alcohol. Vistaril may impair thinking or reactions, may cause tremors, confusion, seizures. Discuss with Psychiatrist Alcoholism program , A.A. and Therapy. ...Read more

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Can you tell me the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

Can you tell me the difference between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

Nomenclature: Alcoholism is a disease which may be ctive (drinking) or remission (sobriety). Alcohol abuse refers to the act of drinking excessively which would imply alcoholism. ...Read more

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What are the causes of cirrhosis of the liver besides alcohol abuse?

See below: Infection with hepatitis b and/or c and non-alcoholic fatty liver associated with obesity are other common causes. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/cirrhosis-liver. ...Read more

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What is a good way to differentiate between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

What is a good way to differentiate between alcoholism and alcohol abuse?

Great question: Alcohol abuse: - intemperate use. - legal consequences - drinking more than you thought you were going to alcohol dependence: - you can stay away from it for different periods, but when you come back, and you have one drink, you just can't stop. - dependence - in extreme forms - requires a drink of alcohol in the morning just to "settle your nerves" and function. - drinking despite md orders. ...Read more

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My dad has liver disease caused by alcohol abuse, he gets better than worse, is this normal?

Yes: Unfortunately, unless he is followed by a gastroenterologist, he will have problems. This is usually associated with delirium, often caused by elevated ammonia levels. Make sure, also, that he is not drinking at all. ...Read more

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What can I do if my dad has liver disease caused by alcohol abuse, he gets better then worse is this normal?

What can I do if my dad has liver disease caused by alcohol abuse, he gets better then worse is this normal?

Normal for liver dis: Normal for liver disease, dependent upon severity and compliance with treatment/prevention advice. ...Read more

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I'm always depressed when sober actually extremely depressed and dysfunctional could it be the result of lots of alcohol abuse?

I'm always depressed when sober actually extremely depressed and dysfunctional could it be the result of lots of alcohol abuse?

Alcohol: is a depressant. The aftermath of a bout of drinking has physical and psychological effects. Please try to catch this problem early on or it can ruin your relationships. self-esteem, job, and life. So glad to see that you are thinking in this way. Consider a 12 step program. Be careful not to make excuses w/yourself or minimize the danger. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse raise bilirubin? recently quit drinking, tbili and dbili were both high before, now they are normal. all imaging studies neg.

Absolutely: Elevated bilirubin levels, total and direct, absolutely can be cause by alcohol use and reflect impaired metabolic function in the liver. If your imaging studies are normal then you may not have any permanent damage. Congratulations on quitting alcohol. These bilirubin results are the red flag that signal it is wise to stay away from alcohol. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

No it cannot cause: Hiv. However, it might lead to unprotected sex, which could lead to hiv, since people's judgement is impaired and they are less inhibited under the influence of alcohol. ...Read more

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How to know if you are prone to alcohol abuse?

How to know if you are prone to alcohol abuse?

Interferes with life: If you are prone to alcohol abuse you will use alcohol despite knowing that there are negative consequences, if you want to drink less but feel that you can't, if you feel guilty for drinking too much, if you drink in the morning to treat hangover symptoms, if you spend more time and money obtaining and using alcohol than doing necessary daily tasks, and if alcohol interferes with work or family. ...Read more

Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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