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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Overview)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal if use is stopped.


Dr. Robert Woods
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Overview)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal if use is stopped.


Dr. Craig Westin
Board Certified, Clinical Psychology
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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

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Overcoming Alcoholism (Tip)

Overcoming Alcoholism

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

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Dr. Jeffrey Roth
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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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Dr. Gregg Albers
Board Certified, Addiction Medicine
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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

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Overcoming Alcoholism (Tip)

Overcoming Alcoholism

Avoid persons, places and things associated with drinking. Go to either aa or smart recovery. ...See more

Dr. TRUC DAO
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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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Dr. Robert Woods
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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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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Board Certified, Neurology
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Overcoming Alcoholism (Tip)

Overcoming Alcoholism

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

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more


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