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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Overview)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the help of family interventions.


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What are symptoms of alcoholism?

What are symptoms of alcoholism?

Withdrawal and drinking despite negative consequences: When someone drinks depite negative consequences. If alchohol "calls " them and/or they have withdrawal when they stop. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
1,555 doctors shared insights

Alcoholism (Overview)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the help of family interventions.


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How is alcoholism treated?

How is alcoholism treated?

Multiple ways: To treat alcoholism, there are both inpatient and outpatient programs. Many are run in accord with 12-step philosophy. Visit aa (http://www.Aa.Org) to get an idea. Also there are aftercare recovery groups that teach skills for living without depending on alcohol. Addiction medicine docs can help too ; and psychiatrists to treat conditions that might interfere with your recovery. ...Read more

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Overcoming Alcoholism (Tip)

Overcoming Alcoholism

Many people have overcome alcoholism successfully. ...See more

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What are the causes of alcoholism?

What are the causes of alcoholism?

Alcoholism: It's an incredibly complex combination of genetic and environmental factors that are poorly understood. Alcoholism can run quite strongly, suggesting a genetic component, but also, the environment plays heavily into the clinical picture, i.e., how much one is around alcohol. Proponents of Alcoholics Anonymous believe that alcoholism is a spiritual problem, or one of characterological defect. ...Read more

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What defines alcoholism?

What defines alcoholism?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more

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Overcoming Alcoholism (Tip)

Overcoming Alcoholism

Avoid persons, places and things associated with drinking. Go to either aa or smart recovery. ...See more

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How does alcoholism affect my body?

How does alcoholism affect my body?

Many detriments: Medical problems from alcoholism include: depression, anxiety, suicide, liver failure, encephalopathy (brain problems), malnutrition, heart problems, ulcers, lung problems, aspiration pneumonias, esophageal problems, GI bleeding, kidney disease, bladder cancers, intestinal cancers, other cancers, bone marrow suppression, (need we go further?). ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a disease?

Is alcoholism a disease?

Yes: It is recognized as a disease by the World Heath Organization, the American Medical Association, and the federal government. ...Read more

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Overcoming Alcoholism (Tip)

Overcoming Alcoholism

“there is an island of opportunity in the middle of every difficulty.” ― alcoholics anonymous. ...See more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more