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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

Dr. Kevin Passer
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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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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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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

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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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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 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

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How can I tell if I'm experiencing alcohol dependence / addiction?

How can I tell if I'm experiencing alcohol dependence / addiction?

Check symptoms: These terms are used interchangeably
alcohol dependence occurs when you have to take higher doses to get the same effect and you develop withdrawal symptoms when you quit "cold turkey"
addiction is the case when you have major areas in your life negatively being impacted and you are still not able to stop. ...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 long does it take for withdrawal symptoms from alcohol dependence to stop?

Five days: Mostly, all withdrawal symptoms are over in 3-5 days. For those with severe alcohol dependency, withdrawal symptoms can consist of seizures and hallucinations. These are medical emergencies. A person could die, especially if elderly or debilitated with a chronic disease. What many folks do is to start drinking when the withdrawal becomes too uncomfortable, which only just repeats the cycle. ...Read more

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

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

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 is the link between alcohol dependence and Vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) (and similar medications)?

No link: In fact, people with add or adhd on medications like vyvanse (lisdexamfetamine) are less likely to become addicted to alcohol and other drugs. ...Read more

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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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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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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 alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

What is the alcohol dependence or drug addiction process?

Habituation: 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.". ...Read more

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How to know if some of us are prone to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

How to know if some of us are prone to drug addiction and alcohol dependence?

Drug and alcohol: Addictions tend to have a strong hereditary component as well as a learned behavior. If you have grown up in a family that has a tendency to have drug and alcohol problems be cautious and pay attention to your drinking. ...Read more

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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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Can you tell me how to get over my bulimia, alcohol dependence, and horrid depression?

Can you tell me how to get over my bulimia, alcohol dependence, and horrid depression?

The fact that you: Are motivated is a good sign. You need a mental health professional. The conditions you mention are all linked at some level so try not to become hopeless. A 12 step program can also be of great value. Peace and good health. Alcohol is ultimately a depressant. ...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

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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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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 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

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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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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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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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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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