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Doctor insights on: Alcoholic How Long Does It Take To Become An Alcoholic

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How long does it take an alcoholic to develop cirrhosis?

Variable: Hard to say. Usually many years but it is quite variable and some people may never develop cirrhosis. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from alcoholic hepatitis? Can this disease cause HE?

How long does it take to recover from alcoholic hepatitis? Can this disease cause HE?

Acute or chronic?: Acute alcoholic hepatitis will cause a rise in your liver enzymes and the damage will be transient but continued alcohol consumption may lead to chronic hepatitis with cirhossis and other sequelae including hepatic encephalopathy. If you know alcohol is a problem for you or a loved one, you should get help before it becomes irreversible. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get addicted to alcohol, does it take a while to become an alcoholic or are you addicted right away?

How long does it take to get addicted to alcohol, does it take a while to become an alcoholic or are you addicted right away?

Alcohol addiction: I've had some patients who knew alcohol was "their" drug right away -- from their very first drink. At least initially they felt it altered their lives and experience by relieving painful anxieties. They could go from shy and retiring to being the life of the party, by using alcohol. For such people, using alcohol within limits was impossible. Not everyone responds in this way, though. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your brain chemistry to return to normal once an alcoholic has stopped drinking?

How long does it take for your brain chemistry to return to normal once an alcoholic has stopped drinking?

Alcoholism: There is quite a bit of debate about this. But, it is at least one year. The post acute withdrawal symptoms that happen after six months are very telling. Clarity continues to be restored during those first twelve months of sobriety. ...Read more

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How long does it take for someone to develop alcoholic neuropathy? I started drinking 3 years ago and feel numbness, tingling next day after drinking.

How long does it take for someone to develop alcoholic neuropathy? I started drinking 3 years ago and feel numbness, tingling next day after drinking.

See details: The time span is very variable. How much do you drink in an average day? Judging from your question, you will have a lot more serious issues from alcohol to worry about in the future than a possible neuropathy. ...Read more

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When a heavy alcoholic stops drinking, how long can it take for body to rehydrate and repair itself in general and realize the alcohol is gone?

When a heavy alcoholic stops drinking, how long can it take for body to rehydrate and repair itself in general and realize the alcohol is gone?

Impossible to say: Because it depends on how much damage has already been done. It is not a matter of "rehydration, " since most alcoholics are actually overhydrated. Damage to brain, heart liver and some other organs may become permanent if severe enough over time. In addition, the metabolic changes caused by alcohol result in neurotransmitter/receptor imbalance that can take months, even years, to heal. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

Depends: Count Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a drink (some say as much as two but I think it depends on the individual) for its effects on your body and mind, then judge for yourself. Drink +driving= potential disaster. ...Read more

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I had quite a few alcoholic drinks about 24 hours ago, is it safe to take my tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 dose or should I wait longer?

I had quite a few alcoholic drinks about 24 hours ago, is it safe to take my tylenol (acetaminophen) 3 dose or should I wait longer?

Safer to wait: In general it is best not to combine alcohol with controlled medications. You run the risk of accidental overdose, respiratory suppression and aspiration. When it comes to metabolism of alcohol, the blood level declines in a predictable way. Better wait since we don't have enough information. ...Read more

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How long on average does it usually take a liver to repair itself from something like alcoholic hepatitis, given healthy diet and cessation of alcohol?

How long on average does it usually take a liver to repair itself from something like alcoholic hepatitis, given healthy diet and cessation of alcohol?

Depends on length of: Time and extent of hepatitis present, and if cirrhosis may also be present? The liver is a remarkable in terms of regenerating itself provided there's not a lot of fatty infiltration present (scarring). If you have mild hepatitis, that is better than having severe alcoholic liver disease too. So, it's great that you are restoring your overall health to your liver & body that will accelerate this. ...Read more

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How long does it take you to become an alcholic?

How long does it take you to become an alcholic?

One month?: It depends what you mean by an alcoholic. If a person drinks of alcohol for 30 days, one will likely have some withdrawal symptoms (shakes) if one stops abruptly. Usually the diagnosis of alcohol dependency has to do also with impairment in functioning. One drink is one ounce of liquor which is the same as 12 ounces of beer which is the same as four ounces of wine. ...Read more

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Should alcoholics take zinc supplements? If so, how much?

Should alcoholics take zinc supplements? If so, how much?

The wrong answer: I'm not aware of any reason to think they'll help either with the physical problems caused by alcohol, or the craving. It'll upset your stomach and can make you copper deficient. An alcoholic needs sobriety by whatever means, not one more non-evidence-based treatment or distraction. I've seen lives transformed by sobriety many years into the illness. ...Read more

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What are the long term effects of being an alcoholic?

What are the long term effects of being an alcoholic?

Bad: The worst is the damage you will sustain to your brain; hard to measure scientifically but reflected as personality changes that will make you far harder for most good people to like. You have 1 chance in 3 of ruining your liver, which is a wretched way to die, but this & the rest are nothing compared with the loss of enjoyment of most of the other wonderful things life has to offer. You can stop. ...Read more

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How can I make my dad take care of himself if he is alcoholic?

How can I make my dad take care of himself if he is alcoholic?

Get him treatment: Alcoholism is a medical illness and not a character problem. Do what you would do if he had diabetes or hypertension. Take him to a specialist who treats addiction. It can be treated on an outpatient basis in most cases. ...Read more

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Is it okay to take alcoholic beverage the day before the medical exams?

Is it okay to take alcoholic beverage the day before the medical exams?

How many alcoholic: Beverages? If you are talking one drink, there should be no problem. The safe drinking limit for women is no more than 1/day, 7/week and never more than 3 on one occasion. If they are doing blood tests, use of alcohol may cause some problems with some of them, especially if they are testing for alcohol metabolites. Is alcohol that important to you? If so, consider getting advice about it. ...Read more

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On average, how long will an alcoholic have in stage 3 of alcohilism before he dies?

On average, how long will an alcoholic have in stage 3 of alcohilism before he dies?

No definite answer: There are too many variables such as age, amount of alcohol consumed, other medical issues, etc, etc to answer your question. ...Read more

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What to do if I have on the average 4 alcoholic drinks per day. How long before I get cirrosis?

What to do if I have on the average 4 alcoholic drinks per day. How long before I get cirrosis?

Probably you won't: If everybody who drank as much as you do got cirrhosis, there would be a lot more of it out there. We don't know what this is doing for your brain long-term, and it's pricey, and i'd still urge you to cut back to 1-2 like most folks who drink daily. Your liver might be replaceable; your brain isn't the neither is the time that you could have been more sober and doing something more fulfilling. ...Read more

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I take Buspirone 7.5mg twice a day. If I had 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks would it be ok? Would it damage my body?

I take Buspirone 7.5mg twice a day. If I had 1 or 2 alcoholic drinks would it be ok? Would it damage my body?

Buspirone, Alcohol: Using Buspirone with Alcohol may increase dizziness, confusion, impairment in thinking, judgment, and motor coordination.

Let the Wise Man within you ask:

• Severity of Anxiety
• Reasons to use Buspirone
Depression, blackouts, DUI
• Relationships, Financial, Legal problems
• Need to see Psychiatrist for Alcohol use, Tolerance, or ; Therapy for stresses in life
• AA Meetings ...Read more

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My husband is an alcoholic & smoker, he has been having heaviness in his chest 44yr old 180lbs 6'1 what could it be. He takes no meds?

Anything!: This could be just about anything - cardiac disease, presenting as angina, lung infection, reflux disease, anxiety attacks. His medical history increases his risks of heart disease.
He needs to have a thorough physical exam. Please have him see his physician ...Read more

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What kind of pain med can I take with an ulster? Note: I'm an alcoholic.

What kind of pain med can I take with an ulster? Note: I'm an alcoholic.

The Joy of Sobriety: Thank you for being honest about your drinking. People who combine pain medications and alcohol die. I hope you are smart enough to realize this. It is surely in the news a lot lately.

If you were in my office today I would do everything I could to compassionately get you into a detox medical setting and to work with you to treat the pain and the addiction. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins I should take if I might be an alcoholic?

Are there any vitamins I should take if I might be an alcoholic?

Yes: Actually, the most important one is a b vitamin called thiamine, or vitamin b 1.
That being said, taking a vitamin does not make up for poor overall nutrition. Thiamine can prevent problems caused by a deficiency of thiamine called wernicke-korsakoff syndrome, which is rare and also irreversible. Thus, once you have it, it does not go away. The syndrome causes severe short term memory problems. ...Read more

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Help what take detox alcoholic what take vomiting?

Help what take detox alcoholic what take vomiting?

Alcohol Intoxication: Your Life is Precious!
Thank you for informing about Alcohol withdrawal syndrome.
I commend you for wanting Detox.
Vomiting is uncomfortable. It is likely that you have Alcohol Intoxication. Please go to ER for Diagnosis and Treatment. ...Read more

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Can someone on acyclovir take in alcoholic beverage?

Can someone on acyclovir take in alcoholic beverage?

Never a good mix: Acyclovir can cause dizziness. Alcohol frequently increases central nervous system adverse effects of other drugs. Alcohol can also interfere with how drugs are metabolized. The level of drug in the blood may increase which leads to more frequent side effects. This is especially a concern with driving or working on dangerous machinery. Another concern is missing doses of acyclovir. Best not! ...Read more

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What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

What kind of vitamins should a recovering alcoholic take?

Whole Food Vitamins: Vitamins are widely available in all of the places you have mentioned, and they are also widely VARIABLE in quality. In general, vitamins made from whole foods (they will be labeled as such) are more easily absorbed and used by your body and are a better choice. These types of vitamins are generally only available at health food stores, both local and online. Look for one rich in B vitamins. ...Read more

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How long does an alcoholic with kidney problems have to live?

How long does an alcoholic with kidney problems have to live?

Consult nephrologist: Taking care of the kidney problems. Of course subject may drink her/himself to death. Could die from acute alcohol poisoning, liver cirrhosis, kill him/herself in a dui accident or just walk into traffic on a highway. There are many ways to shorten one's life as an alcoholic. ...Read more

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What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

What medicine can a recovering alcoholic take to mitigate their withdrawals?

A few: Most of them are in the benzodiazepine class. There are protocols for "detox" and they are important. They shouldn't be taken just as needed to mitigate withdrawal symptoms. This is because alcohol withdrawal is potentially quite serious, medically and behaviorally; and because, unsupervised, people often resort to combining the medicine and alcohol, which is dangerous. ...Read more

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I was just wondering why does it often take hitting rock bottom for an alcoholic to seek treatment?

True of "bad habit": Change is difficult for anyone, and people generally do not change - whether it is smoking, drinking alcohol, using heroin or being overweight - until they experience losses. People do not necessarily have to hit "rock bottom, " and much depends on how much their "society" - family, friends, co-workers etc. - enable the drinking/drugging. Family interventions can help people enter treatment early. ...Read more

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I had a few alcoholic drinks with dinner tonight. Is it okay to take my Latuda or should I skip tonight's dose?

I had a few alcoholic drinks with dinner tonight. Is it okay to take my Latuda or should I skip tonight's dose?

You have got this: Backwards. Using lurasidone with alcohol may ^ potential side effects like dizziness, drowsiness, confusion, & cause difficulty concentrating. You should be taking your latuda regularly and skipping alcohol altogether. Take your meds as directed. ...Read more