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Alcoholic How Long Does It Take To Become An Alcoholic
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Hard to say. Usually many years but it is quite variable and some people may never develop cirrhosis. ...Read more
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 your brain chemistry to return to normal once an alcoholic has stopped drinking?
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
I had quite a few alcoholic drinks about 24 hours ago, is it safe to take my tylenol 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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