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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Overview)

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 to avoid feeling bad.


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What sort of problem is alcohol dependence?

What sort of problem is alcohol dependence?

A Serious Problem: Alcohol dependence is characterized by consumption of alcohol where if one stops drinking abruptly they experience symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can include tremors, cravings to drink more, depression, hallucinations, and in some cases even death. Anyone who notices any of these symptoms when they stop drinking, should seek medical help. There is treatment for alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Overview)

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 to avoid feeling bad.


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Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Possibly: Many people self medicate in a variety of ways. Over drinking and alcoholism is one of the ways. Please remember this is only one possible scenario. To get a definitive diagnosis go to a therapist trained in treating alcoholism. ...Read more

Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Alcohol dependence (Tip)

Many people have overcome alcoholism successfully. ...See more

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What are the symptoms of alcohol dependence?

What are the symptoms of alcohol dependence?

Step One of AA: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol— that our lives had become unmanageable. To learn more, you might consider attending a meeting of aa. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Treatment: You will be disappointed going to the drug store. You could buy some vitamins and try to stop. Most alcohol dependent people need a structured program, such as aa, or an inpatient treatment program were you can be treated with detox meds. Not all alcoholics need detox meds, all need support, education, vitamins, and do better with a structured program. ...Read more

Dr. Emma Rishton Dr. Rishton
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Alcohol dependence (Tip)

“there is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty.” ― alcoholics anonymous. ...See more

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Are some of us more prone than others to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

Are some of us more prone than others to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

Prone to drugs?: The same gene makes you prone to both drugs and alcohol. Kids of alcoholic, even if they do not become alcoholic, has the same gene their parents have, and can digest massive amount of booze while their friends can only take a limited amount. Cannot be alcoholic if no posession of genes that allow presence of massive amount of enzymes to digest big quantity of alcohol. Same with drugs! ...Read more

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Is alcohol dependence rare?

Is alcohol dependence rare?

Alcohol dependence: Is not rare, but most people who use alcohol have no significant problems from it. In hawaii, a state that has good data, about 4% of adults admit to moderate or severe alcohol dependence. A national study found that of those who use alcohol, 3% drink heavily and have 3 or 4 signs of dependence & 1% are chronic or relapse drinkers with 6 or 7 signs of dependence. ...Read more

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Dr. Jan Lei Iwata Dr. Iwata
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Alcohol dependence (Tip)

It helps to have a buddy system to hold you accountable and support you. ...See more

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What sort of problem is alcohol dependence?

A Serious Problem: Alcohol dependence is characterized by consumption of alcohol where if one stops drinking abruptly they experience symptoms of withdrawal. These symptoms can include tremors, cravings to drink more, depression, hallucinations, and in some cases even death. Anyone who notices any of these symptoms when they stop drinking, should seek medical help. There is treatment for alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of alcohol dependence?

Step One of AA: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol— that our lives had become unmanageable. To learn more, you might consider attending a meeting of aa. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Jacobs Dr. Jacobs
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Alcohol dependence (Tip)

Don't go it alone. Alcoholics tend to isolate themselves at times they need fellowship the most. ...See more

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How can I medically help me with my alcohol dependence?

How can I medically help me with my alcohol dependence?

Thiamine: Alcohol causes thiamine deficiency (so does sugar). Get rid of sugar in all its different forms and take some large doses of thiamine like 100 mg 3 times a day and a supplement of magnesium + a multivitamin. You can get them at the healh food store. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can take to end alcohol dependence?

Is there anything you can take to end alcohol dependence?

No: But, there are excellent treatments. I often prescribe a medication called Antabuse (disulfiram) for my patients with drinking problems. It works by making the person very sick if they drink while it's in their system. There are two other medications indicated for alcohol dependence-naltrexone and campral. Sadly, there is no cure. It's one day at a time. ...Read more

Dr. Emma Rishton Dr. Rishton
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Alcohol dependence (Tip)

“the hard things in life, the things you really learn from, happen with a clear mind.” ― c. Knapp. ...See more

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What is the definition or description of: Alcohol dependence?

Alcohol dependence: 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 to avoid feeling bad. ...Read more

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Developing alcohol dependence on a glass a day. Should I stop?

Developing alcohol dependence on a glass a day. Should I stop?

Not really: A person cannot become dependent on a glass per day. Unless of course it is a very large glass. How much are we talking? One to two "beverage alcohol equivalents" per day are not usually harmful nor dependence producing. One beverage alcohol equivalent is one 4 ounce glass of wine, one 12 ounce beer or one ounce of whiskey or liquor. ...Read more

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Dr. Sophie Duriez Dr. Duriez
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Alcohol dependence (Tip)

Alcohol abuse resulting personality change & anger is often confused with bipolar disorder! ...See more

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What to do about alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms?

What to do about alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms?

See doctor: If you are asking how to treat and deal with your alcohol problem, make an appointment with a psychiatrist who has experience with addictions. He or she will work with you to diagnose specifically what is your illness, and prescribe a treatment regimen to help with withdrawal and follow up long term sobriety. Treatments are safe and effective. Be serious and persevere, and it will be worth it. ...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