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Alcoholic Person Definition
Liver inflammation: In people who have an apparent genetic or other predisposition, repeated heavy use of alcohol initially causes fat to accumulate in liver cells, which ultimately causes inflammation, which is alcoholic hepatitis. Under microscope there are inflammatory cells and signs of the body's reaction. With repeated injury, scarring begins to occur, and when severe and widespread results in cirrhosis. ...Read more
Definition provided: Alcohol is absorbed from the intestines and broken down in the liver. Some of the byproducts are toxic to the liver and at high enough levels, can lead to alcoholic hepatitis. This is usually self limiting when consumption is low and sporadic and is reversible. When taken excessively and chronically, it can lead to scarring of the liver, and in some cases lead to cirrhosis and liver failure. ...Read more
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
Judge not: There are certainly genetic predispositions. But all addictions are functionally destructive and lead to premature death. Knowing the cause may help the patient in their self awareness, but the other patient (family/friends) need to know how to support with out enabling their self destruction. Alcoholic, is a big word. Don't let it be a big label. Search more. ...Read more
6 Pack: The answer is simple- Who is incharge- you or the six pack. If the six pack is in charge, then you won't ever desrease the amount. If you are in charge, then you can put it down. Also, it is important to realize that different beerrs have different alcoholic content. Some beers have as much as 12-14% alcohol. That will push you over the limit for driving and judgement decision.. ...Read more
Alcoholism: Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. The amount of alcohol that can increase the risk of developing alcoholism include 15 or more drinks/week for men, 12 or more drinks/week for women, and 5 or more drinks/occasion at least 1x/week for any gender. ...Read more
Sobriety: If an individual is alcoholic they don't become "cured" of their alcohol dependence. However, they can maintain sobriety and work continued recovery programs. Alcoholics anonymous is a 12 step program that forms a solid base for recovery. ...Read more
No: Alcohol is only one of many causes of cirrhosis. Other comon causes include viral infections (e.g. Hepatitis c), autoimmune disorders (e.g. Autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis), metabolic abnormalities (e.g. "fatty liver" disease, abnormal copper or iron storage), and certain medications. ...Read more
Yes: Certainly a person with cirrhosis can have non alcoholic beverages ...Read more
How long can a person function as an alcoholic drinking bottle of vodka a day? Years? Very worried
Alcoholism: Needs to be addressed or the person will destroy his/her body, mind, family, and spirit. If you are the loved one of an alcoholic, please consider going to AlAnon meetings. They will help you keep yourself together no matter what your loved one is doing. It's also a good example. Peace and good health. ...Read more
Is a person an alcoholic if they have been drinking two glasses of wine a night for the last twenty years?
Not Necessarily: Alcoholism is defined as affecting a persons life to their detriment. Something they would do even knowing it is causing harm and it has a negative impact on them physically or in their family or job settings. I personally feel that the liver needs a rest from constant exposure so I usually recommend that people not drink every night. ...Read more
Will high ALT (76) affect alcoholic metabolism by liver? I mean time taken to metabolize compared to normal person.
See below: Can't say with certainty but most likely effects will be minimal. ...Read more
Person diagnosed with alcoholic hepatitis. Doctors say liver is completely damaged. What is survival rate? Its day 5 and vitals are still normal
Liver: It is impossible to tell with the limited information you provided. Unknown lab values and other diseases make impossible to guess. Talk to the patient's physician. ...Read more
What can I tell a person with type 2 diabetes, who may also be an alcoholic, about alcohol's affect on blood sugar? Specifically, a bottle of wine...
Alcohol is detriment: Alcohol metabolizes like carbohydrate and that is a diabetic's problem: carb metabolism. To drink is to poison the system for them. In addition, alcohol causes pancreatitis, or inflammation of the gland that makes insulin, thus reducing it's ability to function well. They should abstain... ...Read more
Can a person safely drink 1-2 alcoholic beverages on a special occasion while on 5mg of lexapro (escitalopram)? Getting conflicting info, are there liver issues?
I wouldn't: If I were the person concerned, I wouldn't drink while taking Lexapro (escitalopram) or any other psychotropic medication. If your liver is impaired, metabolism of both Lexapro (escitalopram) and alcohol will be impaired also. Some may be able to tolerate the increased sedation, etc, but I'm not willing to okay something I wouldn't want to do myself. ...Read more
Can a person contract HSV 1 if sharing an alcoholic drink but uninfected person used a straw and the infected person drank from cup directly?
My friend is an alcoholic & is still drinking. Her upper abdominal area is totally bloated! She's normally a thin person. It's like she has a tire around her waist, since the bloating extends all the way around her back. What is wrong?
Liver damage: When the liver is severely damaged, fluid accumulates in the abdomen, specifically in the peritoneum. The liver itself may either be swollen early in the course and contribute to abdominal swelling, or with very severe damage becomes small and scarred, and all of the swelling is due to the fluid. Her chances of an early grave are severe, especially if she keeps drinking. Interventions may help. ...Read more
Real tough: You need a thorough medical evaluation. I would focus on stomach and liver issues. ...Read more
What makes a person's gag reflexes stop working? When patient has been talking morphine and ativan (lorazepam) for alcoholic hepatitis.
It depends: Chronic alcohol dependency can damage every organ in the body (except the kidneys). That means, alcohol can damage the nerves responsible for the gag reflex, plus, strong opiates like morphine can inhibit the gag reflex. So, it is possible morphine can make an already bad situation worse, possibly resulting in aspiration pneumonitis. ...Read more
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