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Doctor insights on: Alcoholic Relapse

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Are all binge drinkers alcoholics?

Are all binge drinkers alcoholics?

No: No, but if this behavior becomes more common with symptoms of withdrawal and/or cravings with disregard to consequences etc, thenit is consistent with alcohol dependency binge type. It is more common in young adults but can occur at any age. ...Read more

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Are benzodiazepines dangerous for recovering alcoholics?

Are benzodiazepines dangerous for recovering alcoholics?

Not really: Benzodiazepines when prescribed by a physician is in fact used to treat alcohol dependance. ...Read more

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Is drinking non alcoholic wine pre operatively ok?

Is drinking non alcoholic wine pre operatively ok?

Probably yes: There are small amounts of alcohol in "non-alcoholic" wines and beers - about 0.5-1% (compared to 6-12%). My question would be whether you are drinking it because you had problems with alcohol previously, in which case my answer would be no. This is because it is very likely to serve as a trigger to drinking alcohol again. If you have not had a problem, it is not likely to cause any harm pre-op. ...Read more

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Can I drink alcohol after recovery from acute alcoholic pancreatic attack after 10 months?

Can  I  drink alcohol  after  recovery  from  acute  alcoholic  pancreatic  attack  after  10  months?

Not recommended.: Acute alcoholic pancreatitis is a very serious disease, which can even be fatal in many instances. The fact that you have recovered from your previous episode does not mean you are not at risk of developing it again, and a repeat episode could be worse. Although you might get away with it, the potential risks if you don't are so severe that I would recommend not drinking again. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is alcoholic cardiomyopathy reversible?

Is alcoholic cardiomyopathy reversible?

For a while it is: Early on, it's one of the more reversible causes of cardiomyopathy. After enough time has passed (which is variable), it becomes irreversible. Anyone who drinks large amounts of alcohol and has a depressed ejection fraction should stop immediately. ...Read more

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Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Can Valium trigger a relapse in a recovering alcoholic?

Yes: Valium affects the brain in a similar way as alcohol. Taking it could "trigger" the brain and cause cravings for alcohol. Try to avoid and if they must be used make sure your treating physician knows about addiction and your history. Best to avoid if at all possible. ...Read more

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What is relapse remitting ms?

What is relapse remitting ms?

RRMS: Relapsing-remitting MS is the most common form of MS. In this, there are episodic "attacks" or relapses of symptoms interfering with neurological function. These could affect vision, movement, sensation, speaking, coordination, bowel or bladder function, etc. Normally these attacks last 2-3 days. They often are treatable and the symptoms resolve. ...Read more

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Cure for alcoholism naltrexone?

Cure for alcoholism naltrexone?

Not a cure: Naltrexone will help alcoholism by staving off the effect and making you sick if you drink. Alcoholism is not curable but treatable addiction disordet. ...Read more

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Emotionally disturbed addict. I'm a recovering alcohol, crack, heroin and Valium addict, how to cope?

You need support: Few people, if anyone, can recover all on their own. There are self-help groups like aa/na and others, formal therapy groups that use cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapies and family/couples therapies. Work on improving health with diet and exercise, and develop other fulfilling activities and hobbies, religious and/or meditative practices. Treat underlying psychiatric problem. ...Read more

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Will drinking alcoholic beverages affect my sarcoidosis?

Will drinking alcoholic beverages affect my sarcoidosis?

YES: Alcohol affects everything. It is a toxin. You have t decide if it is worth the risk and this will be determined by the severity of your disease. It will also affect the metabolism and affect of any medications you may be taking. Safest course is to not drink it. The more severe your sarcoid or more meds you take the greater your risk. ...Read more

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Can someone have respiratory depression after drinking alcohol?

Can someone have respiratory depression after drinking alcohol?

Yes, they can: Yes, if they drink enough, respiration can be depressed. With high enough alcohol level, the person can become comatose and die. ...Read more

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How many years of weekend binge drinking cause cirrhosis?

How many years of weekend binge drinking cause cirrhosis?

Impossible to say: Everybody has a different tolerance to alcohol. Man can generally process more alcohol than women, perhaps due to larger body & liver mass. Other factors such as hepatitis virus coinfection and fatty liver disease can contribute to liver injury from alcohol. Genetics can perhaps play a role also. Regardless of anyone's ability to handle alcohol, binge drinking is strongly discouraged for all. ...Read more

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Can you die from drinking on antabuse (disulfiram)?

Can you die from drinking on antabuse (disulfiram)?

Doubt it: It is unlikely. If you are of poor health, the stress may be severe enough; however, in healthy patients, it does not happen. I had one patient do 3-4 shots before they started having a reaction, they had the expected reaction of flushing and nausea which lasted 6 hours. Many of my patients can drink up to half drink before a reaction starts. That is why it should be used with other measures. ...Read more

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Could one with schizophrenia drink alcohol?

Could one with schizophrenia drink alcohol?

If at all...: Only in moderation. Alcohol has numerous ill effects on general as well as mental health. The sedative effects of alcohol can be worsened by many psychiatric medications which can be life threatening risk of alcohol use disorders is elevated in individuals who suffer from schizophrenia. ...Read more

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Is drinking lighter colored alcoholic drinks an effective hangover prevention strategy?

Is drinking lighter colored alcoholic drinks an effective hangover prevention strategy?

Drinking lighter colored drinks isn't a good method of hangover prevention — but it may help a little: A hangover is caused by several things, including chemicals in alcoholic drinks other than alcohol. Among the compounds linked to a hangover are products of alcohol fermentation called congeners. Congeners are found in larger amounts in dark liquors, such as brandy, whiskey, darker beer and red wine, than they are in clear liquors, such as vodka, gin and lighter beers. One particular congener — methanol — breaks down into the toxins formaldehyde and formic acid, which can worsen a hangover. Several studies have investigated hangovers, but none has found an effective method of hangover prevention. While lighter colored drinks may slightly help with hangover prevention, drinking too many alcoholic beverages of any color will still make you feel bad the morning after. Drinking large amounts of alcohol can cause dehydration, low blood sugar, digestive irritation and disturbed sleep — all factors that lead to hangover symptoms. The only sure way to prevent a hangover is to drink in moderation or not drink at all. For healthy adults, moderate drinking means up to one drink a day for women of all ages and men older than 65, and up to two drinks a day for men 65 or younger. A drink is defined as: 12 ounces (355 milliliters) of beer — about 5 percent alcohol, 8 ounces (237 milliliters) of malt liquor — about 7 percent alcohol, 5 ounces (148 milliliters) of wine — about 12 percent alcohol, 1. 5 ounces (44 milliliters) of 80-proof distilled spirits — about 40 percent alcohol. Be careful, though — some drinks may contain more alcohol than you realize. Often drinks are larger at bars and restaurants. And some drinks of the same size may contain more alcohol than others. For example, some light beers contain almost as much alcohol as regular beers, and some liquors contain a higher percentage of alcohol than others. ...Read more

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Chronic alcoholism recovery undone by severe anxiety?

Chronic alcoholism recovery undone by severe anxiety?

Professional help: Having other comorbid conditions such as anxiety can cause relapse if not properly addressed. I would encourge professional help from someone who knows about anxiety and addictions. Some medications used for anxiety could be addictive as well. Add couseling or learn about mindful meditation. This can help with coming to terms with your anxiety, improve it and accept it without it causing distress. ...Read more

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