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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

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


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Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Many: Binge drinking, drinking that affects work and relationships. Look up the cage questions and seek help if you need it! ...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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Can you drink beer with gallstones? Or any alcoholic drink?

Can you drink beer with gallstones? Or any alcoholic drink?

You can: It turns out that there is some data/evidence that moderate alcohol consumption actually reducing gallstone incidence. I wouldn't encourage you to do this but rather review this with your primary care physician about ways to reduce issues with gallstones. Best of luck. ...Read more

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At what point does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

At what point does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Alcohol abuse: When a person starts to lose control of his or her drinking, and develops other symptoms related to alcoholism. Here's a link that can help to see other symptoms: http://www.Webmd.Com/mental-health/addiction/understanding-alcohol-abuse-symptoms it would also be a good idea to consult with an addictions' specialist. ...Read more

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Can you die from alcohol abuse?

Can you die from alcohol abuse?

Yes, indeed!: Alcohol abuse can slowly affect one's liver. End result is death from liver failure due to cirrosis. ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and alcohol abuse different?

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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Is rubbing alcohol ingestion fatal if an alcoholic drinks it in desperation or accidentally?

Is rubbing alcohol ingestion fatal if an alcoholic drinks it in desperation or accidentally?

Poisoning: Yes, it can be fatal with large amount ingested, and if emergent medical care is delayed. So can alcoholic beverages! ...Read more

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Will drinking alcohol cause cirrhosis?

Yes: It use to be leading cause but hepatitis c is currently is the leading cause of cirrhosis in the us. ...Read more

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Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Any insights on when does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Yes: Alcohol becomes abuse when it starts affecting your life negatively:if you having problems at work or showing up late or missing work; if it is making you fight with others or causing problems in your relationship; if you have legal problems from drinking; if you find yourself "sneaking" alcohol or hiding how much you use from other people. ...Read more

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What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

What is the medical definition of alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse?

Addiction: Alcohol 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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Can occasional binge drinking lead to alcoholism?

Can occasional binge drinking lead to alcoholism?

Possibly: Traditional alcoholics drink every day or risk going into withdrawal. Binge drinking over time can easily develop into daily drinking, however. The destructive effects of binge drinking are substantial and include health problems, potential legal problems, and relationship problems. Binge drinkers need to ask themselves why they overindulge and try to find strategies to quit. ...Read more

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How much alcohol can an alcoholic safely drink?

How much alcohol can an alcoholic safely drink?

None.: Any recovered or recovering alcoholic will tell you that. Zero. Zip. Nada. If you have to ask the question, there's already something badly wrong. Even if this were possible -- why would someone who's already lost a big piece of life to the horrors of alcohol abuse ask about going back to it? ...Read more

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Could nicotine cause intoxication similar to alcohol intoxication?

Could nicotine cause intoxication similar to alcohol intoxication?

Not similar: The amount of nicotine in tobacco is not enough to cause true nicotine intoxication, except when small children are exposed, usually by ingesting it. Nicotine intoxication can be lethal, and actually nicotine-like substances have been used to kill rodents and other pests. Tobacco workers also routinely get it. Alcohol intoxication looks completely different. Seizures, abd. Pain, twitches occur. ...Read more

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Can someone drink alcohol with gilbert's disease?

Gilbert's Disease: Those with gilbert's may have mild elevations of bilirubin, due to a reduction in metabolism. This appears to be the only change, and you should metabolize alcohol normally. ...Read more

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Could being an alcoholic cause health problems other then cirrhosis and alcohol overdoses?

Yes: Alcohol can damage every organ in the body, causing heart failure, heart arrhythmias, brain damage with dementia, memory problems, cancer of head and neck, stomach, esophagus and colon (and elsewhere), damage the stomach lining and cause bleeding, make you more susceptible to infections, deplete vitamins and cause deficiency diseases, and hundreds of other things. If this is you, get help now. ...Read more

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Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Alcohol or non alcohol based mouthwash for bad breath?

Either: Both types of mouthwash are going to have agents in them that will kill bacteria that tend to cause bad breath. If you are aware of halitosis, be sure to brush your tongue well, especially toward the back. This is a common source for bad breath. Also be sure to get your teeth cleaned at the dentist if it has been a while. Mouthwash helps, but often just covers up the real problem. ...Read more

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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation: In any physical dependence the body adapts and the withdrawal symptoms are the body responding to the lack of the substance. Because addictions cause changes in neurotransmission they are difficult to treat and require enough time for the body to adjust to being "clean.". ...Read more

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Alcoholism (Definition)

An addiction to alcohol or mental illness and compulsive behavior ...Read more