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Doctor insights on: Alcohol Abuse Vs Alcoholism

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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

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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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 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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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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What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

Old Terms: In the DSM 5, all substance disorders are characterized as Use Disorders and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of criteria that are met. Dependence and abuse are not used. ...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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How to quit alcohol for alcoholism?

How to quit alcohol for alcoholism?

Many ways: If drinking every day also has morning deign any history of seizure confusion better to have detox under medical supervision than go to long term rehab if had many failure in past try medication after rehab change your environment anc go to aa meeting. ...Read more

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Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

Why do people use chocolate when seeking drug or alcohol fix for addiction and alcoholism?

Feels good: There are substances in chocolate which actually can stimulate the pleasure centers in one's brain so a person feels better after eating chocolate. Everything in moderation is usually sound advice as far as chocolate is concerned. I love chocolate and always have, but i know i can't eat it all the time or too much or i'll become fat. ...Read more

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I ALWAYS crave alcohol. I rarely drink it but whenever I do drink it tastes great & calms me. Is this alcoholism? I have family history of alcoholism

I ALWAYS crave alcohol. I rarely drink it but whenever I do drink it tastes great & calms me. Is this alcoholism? I have family history of alcoholism

NO: Alcoholism is heavily used word, I would not name cravings for alcohol as alcoholism. Drinking alcohol can be problematic / abuse/ dependence depending on individual assessment. Cravings are there because probably you have learnt the behaviour from your family. Yes, you are at most risk than others with no family hx of heavy alcohol use. brief Psychological support can be helpful. ...Read more

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How can you treat moderate alcoholism (alcohol deaddiction)?

How can you treat moderate alcoholism (alcohol deaddiction)?

Alcoholism Treatment: Treatment of Alcoholism: Let Wise Person within you ask: • Effect on marriage, relationships, work, and finances • CONVICTION to overcome Alcoholism; and reasons for it Then, see a Psychiatrist for • Therapy to understand use of Alcohol and its effects, • to learn coping skills for stresses of life • Attend AA Meetings regularly • Be open minded to go to Intensive outpatient Program ...Read more

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How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

They are one in the: Same. When you become dependent on alcohol, i.e., addicted to alcohol, you suffer from alcoholism. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alcoholism and alcohol dependence?

What's the difference between alcoholism and alcohol dependence?

They're the same: I have heard it said that only the person with alcohol dependency can call themselves an alcoholic. They both mean the same thing and involve a loss of control of alcohol in a person's life associated with impaired functioning. There are effective treatments available. ...Read more

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When a person never has a hangover & has to keep alcohol in them at all times to function how severe is their alcoholism?

When a person never has a hangover & has to keep alcohol in them at all times to function how severe is their alcoholism?

Very Severe: If you can't function with out alcohol in your system all the time you are an alcoholic. How can it be any worse unless you are totally wasted 24 hours a day. Time to get help right now. This affects everyone around you wether you think so or not. I know I have family with similar concerns, you will never regret it! ...Read more

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How much alcohol affects the brain in negative ways and can permanently damage your health/put you at risk for alcoholism?

Alcohol affects vary: With body wt, gender, age, genetics, food consumed, beverage concentration, other drugs ingested, & tolerance. Any amount affects the brain. 5+ drinks kill brain cells, decreases rem sleep, lowers inhibitions & reasoning, impairs reflexes & coordination, etc. Guidelines for moderate drinking = male: max 4 drinks/day, 16/week; female: 3/day, 12/week. Greeleypsychologist.Com/alcohol.Xhtml. ...Read more

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How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

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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What medications can help treat alcoholism? I worry about my father in law. I've read that there are several different pills that could help him fight the need for alcohol once he has completed a detox program. Is there one that stands out as having a hig

Other medication too: Alcoholism is not a uniform disease & different medicines have different benefits. For many the support & spiritual tenets of aa are most successful. Other medicines, both standard- & under research- that block relapse, also include: anti seizure/antimigraine med topiramate anti nausea med ondansetron anti muscle spasm med baclofen these are 'off label' uses meaning not yet officially approved. ...Read more

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Can alcohol withdrawal symptoms last more than a month? Also can chronic alcoholism cause damage to your central nervous system?

Can alcohol withdrawal symptoms last more than a month? Also can chronic alcoholism cause damage to your central nervous system?

Yes: The physiologic symptoms attributed to alcohol withdrawal can last for weeks particularly in the most severe cases. And it is known that alcoholism is a damaging to the central and peripheral nervous system. It can cause an alcohol related dementia and neuropathy. Some of the nervous symptoms are attributed directly to the neurotoxicity of alcohol others to often found nutritional deficiencies ...Read more

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Is alcoholism associated with being abused as a child?

Is alcoholism associated with being abused as a child?

No: Alcoholism is a disease. While there are many environmental factors that may exacerbate this condition, childhood abuse is no more, or no less, important. ...Read more

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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


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Alcoholism (Definition)

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