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Why do alcoholics cough up blood?

Why do alcoholics cough up blood?

Esophagus....: Alcoholics can have bleeding from the esophagus due to abnormal veins, called esophageal varices. These abnormal veins can then bleed, sometimes catastrophically leading to death. When they bleed, it can look like the person is coughing the blood even though it is originating in the GI tract or, they can actually aspirate some of this blood and then cough it up. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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I'm an alcoholic and now i'm having a pain in the left side of my chest, coughing and taking deep breathe is really painful. Can you suggest me medicine plz?

I'm an alcoholic and now i'm having a pain in the left side of my chest, coughing and taking deep breathe is really painful. Can you suggest me medicine plz?

Alcoholics: have a higher incidence of PNEUMOCOCCAL Pneumonia..You should seek medical care ASAP
You may need to have a chest xray!

Hope this is helpful!
Don't wait!
Dr Z ...Read more

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High level liver enzymes jaundice in the eyes and coughing up small amounts of blood with mucas neg to hepatitis a b & c non alcoholic 36 yo male?

Many Things: This is serious and you should have further evaluation. Other causes of elevated liver enzymes and jaundice are drugs (antibiotics, herbal products, etc), genetic liver diseases, autoimmune liver diseases, and other viral infections besides abc (like mono). ...Read more

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My friend coughs up blood when she drinks any ideas? She admits shes an alchololic though she has cut way back on her drinking

My friend coughs up blood when she drinks any ideas?  She admits shes an alchololic though she has cut way back on her drinking

Needs medical eval: Immediately. Either coughing up or vomiting blood is a sign of a serious underlying medical issue. The cause can only be determined by a full examination, which may need specialized evaluation like bronchoscopy or endoscopy to find the cause. Alcoholics can rarely, if ever, cut back on drinking - they need to stop completely, or they will continue to damage and go back to heavier drinking. ...Read more

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What makes one an alcoholic?

What makes one an alcoholic?

Its causes problems: Alcoholic is actually not a medical term, however people in aa call themselves alcoholics because for some reason or another alcohol causes problems in their life, health, relationships, legal trouble. Maybe they were just done having it rule their lives, it kept them stuck, from realizing their dreams, maybe they were robbed of their mind, body and spirit. Unfortunately some never see this. ...Read more

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Alcoholic dimentia symptoms ?

Alcoholic dimentia symptoms
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Confabulate: One of the manifestations is korsakoff psychosis, characterized by confabulation. ...Read more

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How do I know if i'm an alcoholic?

How do I know if i'm an alcoholic?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous and see if it fits. ...Read more

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How could you define an alcoholic?

How could you define an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense. Signs of alcoholism are drinking alone, drinking in secret.
Not being able to limit alcohol. Blacking out. Trouble with the law, relationships or work due to drinking ...Read more

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How can I help my alcoholic friend.?

How can I help my alcoholic friend.?

Help with what?: If you want your friend to stop drinking, he or she has to want to or it doesn't work. Alanon is a 12-step organization designed for friends and loved ones of people with alcohol problems, and can help you deal with your concern, anger, guilt and other mixed emotions. We often 'enable' drinkers to keep drinking in ways we dont always understand, and alanon can help reduce this.Don't nag-not helpful. ...Read more

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Can alcoholic cravings be hereditary?

Can alcoholic cravings be hereditary?

Absolutely: Alcoholic tendencies run in families.(type two alcoholism) it is unclear if it its a tendency to develop abnormal craving or an inability to inhibit behavior. However, since most of the identified behavior is substance related, i suspect the former. ...Read more

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Do alcoholics stop and restart a lot?

Yes: Many alcoholics have "gone on the wagon" many times. ...Read more

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How can someone become an alcoholic?

How can  someone become an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: Alcohol becomes a priority in life. They spend significant time obtaining, using or getting over effects of alcohol. Additionally, alcohol or it's effects may prevent them from family, recreational, occupational or other activities. There body develops a tolerance to alcohol. It takes more alcohol over time to get the same effect. They may drink more or for longer than intends. It impairs them. ...Read more

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I am an alcoholic. How can I get help?

Contact: Your family doctor or local aa (alcoholics anonymous). ...Read more

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What causes a person to get alcoholic?

What causes a person to get alcoholic?

Alcoholism is a: progressive condition that starts out as novel drinking, then habitual drinking, then compulsive drinking. It can be chronic or binge in nature and can take weeks or years to develop this pattern. Some say its a bad habit (Rational Recovery) while others say its a disease (Alcoholics Anonymous). Go to a psychologist or perhaps an AA meeting for more information. ...Read more

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Does tough love work with an alcoholic?

Not always: Nothing works in every situation. Many experts indicate that an alcoholic must "hit bottom" or have nothing else to lose before they are willing to seek help. There may come a time when family and friends have done all they can and have to sever ties with the alcoholic to prevent themselves from being harmed. ...Read more

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How to know is someone is an alcoholic?

Depends: Some people with alcoholism are almost always intoxicated, lose family and friends, can't hold a job, and have every area of their life ruined by their drinking. Other people are very skilled at hiding it, drink alone and can still maintain work and family, but usually it catches up to them. It is less a matter of how much or how often people drink than what bad things alcohol does in their lives ...Read more

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How could i get sober if i'm alcoholic?

How could i get sober if i'm alcoholic?

Stop drinking: First and foremost, and this can be dangerous in smoke drinkers - if you get morning shakes or severe anxiety, you may need medical help. Use of support groups, including aa, smart recovery, women for sobriety, lifering secular recovery and others. Many people need formal treatment programs which are available in most places. Talk to your doctor about a referral. Your family may need its own help. ...Read more

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Can you be fired for being an alcoholic?

Can you be fired for being an alcoholic?

Good question: Can you be fired for having a disease. They answer would be no, you can't, that discrimination. Can you be fired for your behavior, absolutely. Alcoholism is a disease, yet many alcoholics have done horrific things, they have killed people while driving drunk, there are consequences for this. Having alcoholism explains a lot of bad behavior, however it does not excuse it. ...Read more

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How to determine when you are an alcoholic?

How to determine when you are an alcoholic?

You probably don't.: Denial is part of the disorder - so it takes a professional or someone who has experienced it to know. Do your drink more than intended? Do you spend a lot of time drinking or under the effects of alcohol? Have you tried to quit or cut down unsuccessfully? Has your tolerance level ^ed? Do you allow alcohol to put you in harms way. Does alcohol interfere with your relationships or other activities. ...Read more

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When can you say that someone is alcoholic ?

Great question : There are many stages of alcohol use. When someone is an alcoholic, they drink despite serious side effects and may go into withdrawal if they don't have it. As a screening, I use cage questions: have you felt the need to cut down, annoyed by comments on your drinking, guilt over drinking and do you have a drink when you wake as an eye opener. ...Read more

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How to determine if someone is an alcoholic?

Behavior: This biggest clue to a potential drinking problem is does the person continue to use despite negative consequences. Harm to their physical, mental or emotional health, or causing problems with work, at home, with other people. Then the denial that goes along with this; not seeing these as a problem from drinking. Defensive about their drinking, blame others for drinking. Can't stop at one drink. ...Read more

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How can I tell if a loved one is an alcoholic?

How can I tell if a loved one is an alcoholic?

Daily drinking: If a person feels a need to drink daily, that is a signal that there is a problem. The cage questioneer can also help. Do they feel a need to cut down on their drinking? Are they annoyed when you say they drink too much? Do they ever feel guilty about their drinking? Have they used an eye opener drink in the morning? Answering yes to one or more of these may indicate a problem. ...Read more

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What do if the alcoholic person is very shaky?

What do if the alcoholic person is very shaky?

Stop drinking: . They can shake for a number of reasons. They can develop nerve damage in the nerves going to hands and feet for example, due to alcohol damage or vitamin deficiencies. They usually shake due to alcohol withdrawn. Bottom line, they need medical attention. ...Read more

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How to determine when someone is an alcoholic?

How to determine when someone is an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: The synonym cage is best indicator;
c.........Cut down
a..........Annoyed
g..........Guilt
e..........Eye opener. ...Read more

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How much time do alcoholic chain smokers live?

How much time do alcoholic chain smokers live?

There is no set time: Smokers tend to cut 10-15 years off their lifespan, and heavy drinkers about the same, and certain conditions, like mouth and throat cancer are 150 times more likely to occur in alcoholic chain smokers, and this can occur in people who are in their late 30s or early 40s if they started smoking/drinking in their teens. There is much variability in genetic susceptibility to causing damage from both. ...Read more

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How does someone know if they are an alcoholic?

How does someone know if they are an alcoholic?

CAGE: The following questions are often asked to determine if alcohol is a problem: have you ever felt you needed to cut back on your drinking? Has anyone been annoyed by your drinking? Have you ever felt guilty about your drinking? Have you ever had a drink as and eye opener when you wake up? If the answer to any of these is yes, professional help should be sought out. ...Read more

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I'm turning into an alcoholic, what should I do?

Good that you are : Asking this question. The 1st thing i would recommend is to either go on-line or check your yellow pages for '"alcoholics anonymous" meetings. They are free, confidential and you get an automatic support system. Encourage you to attend your first aa meeting today. 2nd, pour out all the booze in your house (or maybe this should be first(: . 3rd, call your physician for a complete physical eval. ...Read more