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I am a binge drinker for 2 years. Alcohol doesn't affect me anymore, 11 units would get me drunk before but now i'd take 3-4 times more and still me ok?

I am a binge drinker for 2 years. Alcohol doesn't affect me anymore, 11 units would get me drunk before but now i'd take 3-4 times more and still me ok?

Seek help: This sounds like you are developing a serious drinking problem at an early age, with the development of tolerance to smaller amounts of alcohol, and self-described binge drinking. You are recognizing that you have a problem, and you should seek counseling or treatment for alcohol dependency. ...Read more

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Why don't people believe that alcohol is a drug?

Why don't people believe that alcohol is a drug?

They aren't aware: Alcohol use is a widely accepted way to relax; it is used in many social contexts. People may put pressure on each other to drink, to be part of the "party." people don't tend to put it in the same category as other drugs because they're in denial about the harm it can lead to in some individuals. Although awareness is growing, many are equally blase about nicotine. ...Read more

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How is it that isn't alcohol considered medication?

How is it that isn't alcohol considered medication?

Better treatments: Ethanol (alcohol found in alcoholic beverages) is a substance that has depressant effects on the nervous system. It can have unpredictable and generalized effects on the nervous system and we have better and safer medications these days to provide the desired beneficial effects. Ethanol will cause drug interactions/problems with medications and can be lethal in combination with sedative hypnotics. ...Read more

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I can't stop thinking about alcohol. Am I addicted?

CAGE: Is it hard to stop at one drink when you imbibe? A sense that you cannot do so and feel a loss of control about quantity ingested. If others have confronted you, how do you respond? Angry, dismissive, exclude them from your social circle. Do you feel guilty about how much you are drinking? Do you ever ingest in the morning - eye openers?
If positive to two or more, you may be alcohol addicted. ...Read more

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Would alcohol cause me pain or danger because I havegallstones. I've cut out anything high fat and haven't had the pain in a few weeks. Waiting on surg?

See answer: Alcohol, in moderation would be ok. You need to continue to cut out fats and any foods that can aggravate your gall stones and gall bladder issues. Be sure to follow-up with the surgeon and get the condition corrected as soon as possible. Best wishes. ...Read more

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How long can a person with cirrhosis live who still drinks alcohol daily, doesn't eat very much or some days doesn't eat at all.?

How long can a person with cirrhosis live who still drinks alcohol daily, doesn't eat very much or some days doesn't eat at all.?

Cannot say...: ...Conservative estimate would be weeks, but could continue on for years. We were designed with fragility and resiliency. Other medical issues, extent of cirrhosis (the yellow indicates severe) and compliance with treatment (even while drinking). Info provided suggests several days to few weeks. ...Read more

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I heard alcohol is not sweet but people like it anyway. I can't understand how anything besides water could taste good if it doesn't have sugar. Why?

I heard alcohol is not sweet but people like it anyway. I can't understand how anything besides water could taste good if it doesn't have sugar. Why?

Alcohol use: Alcohol is not sweet, beer can be bitter in taste.
People like using alcohol for relaxation, socialization, to deal with stresses, to numb the painful feelings from anxiety and depression.
Alcohol addiction leads to many complications. ...Read more

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Can't sleep without alcohol. Is there a good substitute?

Can't sleep without alcohol. Is there a good substitute?

Mutual support helps: You might consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous. Let them know about your difficulty sleeping and listen to how other recovering alcoholics have approached this challenge. ...Read more

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I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

I prefer the new mouthwashes that don't use alcohol, are they just as effective?

Yes: Mouth wash is an adjunct to your main oral hygiene regimen (brushing and flossing). They are not required. Nonalcohol mouthwash is good for people with dry mouth, burning mouth syndrome, lichen planus, oral lupus, etc... Biotene is a common nonalcohol mouthwash and widely use. ...Read more

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Alcohol. Helped anxiety most of my life and beta bickers years ago didn't work so what do I do??

Alcohol. Helped anxiety most of my life and beta bickers years ago didn't work so what do I do??

Time 4 New Approach?: #1) It really helps to work with a mental health clinician like a clinical psychologist who has specific training/expertise in treatment of anxiety disorders. #2) it's vital to understand what anxiety is, how it ticks so you can take back you life from anxiety when it interferes w/ your ability to function. Consider researching anxiety & effective treatments: http://www. Anxietybc. Org ...Read more

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I have a diabetes, and I just can't leave taking alcohol atleast twice a week. How can I control my diabetes?

I have a diabetes, and I just can't leave taking alcohol atleast twice a week. How can I control my diabetes?

Self control: Hi! If you have diabetes, drinking alcohol or soda is just adding extra sugar into your system. It will complicate the ability to control your diabetes. If you are drinking twice a week, I would encourage you to reduce it to once a week then discontinue completely. If you drink with friends or family, ask them to support your effort to stop drinking to save your body from diabetic complication. ...Read more

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How can I reduced sgpt. Reading. By taking medicine or by workout which is most effective and fast I don't uae alcohol and sgpt reading is 89?

Incomplete info: Elevated SGPT is a sign of liver disease. A level of 89 is not too high but could still represent liver disease. The treatment had to be directed at the cause of the liver damage. It is not feasible to diagnose the cause without a detailed history, physical examination and may be additional investigation. It would be prudent to discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have an alcohol test in 16 days but I don't know what kind it is. Would I be able to pass the test if I drink today and not the other 15 days?

I do not know: Essentially, there must be a reason you have a scheduled alcohol test in the near future. You most likely should not be drinking at all. Depending on the test, some may be able to test for alcohol for longer than your concerned about. Best not to drink alcohol if someone is testing you for some apparent reason. Best wishes. ...Read more

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When medications say do not take with alcohol does that mean I cant ever drink or does that mean don't take it with alcohol still in your system?

When medications say do not take with alcohol does that mean I cant ever drink or does that mean don't take it with alcohol still in your system?

Depends: Most meds labelled like that can actually be taken with alcohol. Manufacturers are known to be overly cautious like that. But there are a few notable exceptions. In the vast majority of cases you can take the warning to mean not with alcohol in your system. Your specific case may be different so best to ask your doc. Of course excessive use of alcohol should be discouraged whether you take any o ...Read more

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Pain in soft spot behind both earlobes has gotten worse. First bite syndrome? Is triggered by first sip of alcohol or first bite of some foods (can't

Pain in soft spot behind both earlobes has gotten worse. First bite syndrome? Is triggered by first sip of alcohol or first bite of some foods (can't

NotLikelyFirstBite: First Bite Syndrome is characterized as pain in Parotid region (salivary gland) or lower jaw area and not behind the ear lobes, it subsequently improves with each bite. The location of your pain does not fit with typical pain of first bite syndrome. The cause is not known but may be related to nerve impairment due to cervical spine surgery. Your pain is unlikely as first bite syndrome. Get it chcked ...Read more