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Alcohol Awareness Ribbons
How can I create awareness among doctors when it comes to alcohol or drugrelated problems in general?
Teaching Doctors: The disease of addiction was nothing i learned in medical school. So, this is a vary valuable endeavor you want to undertake. First is always to share your story when you can. Second, i know that there are out reach activists in many aa or na programs that you can join up with. These committees teach, publish pamphlets and reach out to a variety of groups of medical professionals. ...Read more
Yes; not sure!: Men with a mother, sister, or daughter with breast or ovarian cancer, male relatives with breast cancer, or with ashkenazi jewish heritage, have a high risk of carrying a brca mutation. Men with this mutation are at risk for breast and other cancers. Rarely, men without a brca mutation get breast cancer, usually in their later years. I think the ribbon is still pink! sorry guys... ...Read more
Yes.: Men get breast cancer at a rate of about 1% of the rate in women. Given that female breast cancer is, unfortunately, all too common, male breast cancer is unusual but not rate. I am not aware of any "ribbon" campaign for male breast cancer; the one for "breast cancer" should be sufficient. ...Read more
Although we might be aware of the risks involved with using alcohol, drugs, we still use them. Why?
What symptoms of alcohol withdrawal should I be aware of? I drink 4-6 a night. I am considering a detox centre.
It's obvious alcohol and tobacco users greatly increase their risk for developing this cancer, what about those who don't abuse these substances? What do they need to be aware of to prevent this?
I started a course of metronidazole yesterday and was not aware that I should avoid alcohol. I drank two glasses of wine last night. Will I be ok?
Yes: If you drank last night and are not having stomach symptoms, you will be fine. ...Read more
Are physicians and psychiatrists aware of how much patients self meditate, swap meds with friends and drink alcohol? Since i got out of the air force I have watched fellow veterans and other people as well exchange medicines. Drink with the medicines and
Sometimes :-): No human can possibly know what others intend or are doing, unless the person tells it. Or, sometimes they may be seen by others who report it. I'm thinking you mean "self-medicate" rather than "self-meditate." I really hope my patients are meditating -- and they're welcome to do it without telling me. :-) It's very sad when they're uninvested enough in their health to swap meds. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
Depends: The NIH says that more than one drink per day for women or 2 drinks per day for men may suggest a problem with alcohol. Cravings are usually defined as thoughts about drinking. These are problematic if you have (or have had) a problem with alcohol abuse. They may also be problematic if they are obsessive and you cannot stop these thoughts. A conversation with your FP may clear up and confusion. ...Read more
Yes and No: Phenethyl alcohol is found in certain plants, so it is natural in that setting. Like many compounds, scientists may have the ability to create it in a lab (it would not be natural in that setting). Likewise, this or similar compounds in a plant in your yard would be natural, but having a bottle of the compound sitting on your table would be unnatural. It all depends on the details. ...Read more
Voluntarily stopping: An "alcohol intervention" involves placing the person in question into treatment but only with their consent. Typically done with help of family and friends. The mission is to achieve complete abstention but integral to this is the ultimate agreement from the individual. This is important for success. It usually involves admission to an inpatient treatment program, of which there are many. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol: For alcoholics, any alcohol is "too much." also, if on psychotropic medications, any is "too much." for others: more than 1 drink/day for women, and more than 2 drinks/day for men. Also, any amount that's more than you intended; makes you feel physically bad or guilty the next day; gets you into conflict with others; causes memory lapses or embarrassment; or interferes with important tasks. ...Read more
Many: It may be difficult to effectively perform an "intervention" if one does not have the proper training. Generally, all of the person's family and friends gather around and tell the person how his or her drinking has affected them. This may help or may lead to adverse consequences for which those who are gathered, are ill equipped to handle. The person may actually become suicidal or dangerous. ...Read more
Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots , stone formation , diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more
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