alcohol dependence

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Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal if use is stopped.
Authored by Dr. Robert Kwok
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Encephalopathy
Wernicke encephalopathy
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Dr. Bob Stewart answered:

Is alcohol dependence rare?

Alcohol dependence

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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.
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What sort of problem is alcohol dependence?

A Serious Problem

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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.
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What are the symptoms of alcohol dependence?

Step One of AA

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We admitted we were powerless over alcohol— that our lives had become unmanageable. To learn more, you might consider attending a meeting of AA.
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Dr. Barbara Lavi answered:

How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

They are one in the

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same. When you become dependent on alcohol, I.e., addicted to alcohol, you suffer from alcoholism.
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How can i medically help me with my alcohol dependence?

Thiamine

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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
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Is there anything you can take to end alcohol dependence?

No

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But, there are excellent treatments. I often prescribe a medication called Antabuse 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.
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What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation

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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."
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What to do about alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms?

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

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

Not really

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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.
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