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Is pain under the sternum related to alcoholism?

Is pain under the sternum related to alcoholism?

Alcohol.: Can cause gastritis, myocarditis, & liver/gall bladder traumas, leading to similar symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more


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Alcoholism runs in the family, I'm scared to drink, should I be?

Alcoholism runs in the family, I'm scared to drink, should I be?

Not unreasonable: Many physicians who work in chemical dependency will strongly advise children of alcoholic parents (esp male relatives) to strongly consider remaining abstinent because of increased risk of alcoholism. Alcohol is not necessary for life, and many people without any family history or other risk factors avoid alcohol for general health reasons nowadays. I would be scared, too. ...Read more

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If alcoholism runs in family, does this mean I shouldn't drink? I'm in college and drink sometimes, but want to be cautious and not risk dependence.

If alcoholism runs in family, does this mean I shouldn't drink? I'm in college and drink sometimes, but want to be cautious and not risk dependence.

Be careful: If you have alcoholism in your family then you are more vulnerable than other people to develop this disease. Alcoholism is a genetically predetermined illness. You are vulnerable to it so be careful. Drink responsibly and moderately or not at all. ...Read more

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How can alcoholism be a disease?

How can alcoholism be a disease?

Many reasons: Like heart disease ; diabetes, alcoholism is due to genes ; poor life style choices- diet, no exercise, smoking. Genetics are 50% responsible. Children of alcoholics are 8 x more likely to become alcoholics. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Evidence shows altered neurotransmitter response to alcohol. If one of your family members is alcoholic, you risk surprise addiction to a prescribed pain pill. ...Read more

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What can be done for alcoholism?

What can be done for alcoholism?

Treatment available: A desire to stop drinking has to come from patient to be successful. Pressured into treatment, forced to quit w/o commitment is rarely successful. There is no cure but many treatments can keep drinking at bay ; bring a person to a healthy, happy, fulfilling life.
Stages
1. Coming to a decision,
2.Detoxification,
3. Active work--rehab, 12 step, support group, meds for craving
4. Relapse prevention. ...Read more

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What solves alcoholism in older men?

What solves alcoholism in older men?

Recovery: Typically, alcoholism doesn't get cured. It is an ongoing disorder that requires ongoing work to treat it. Recovery can occur, but it does involve connections to other people and persistent work. Find a good alcohol treatment facility and commit to the recovery process. You an also seek out alcoholics anonymous or rational recovery groups as well. ...Read more

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Help please! Is alcoholism a disease?

Help please! Is alcoholism a disease?

Yes: As I understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read more

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What is Alcoholism a risk factor for?

Alcoholism increases the chances of:: Breast cancer, Cervical cancer, Dupuytren's contracture, Epidural abscess, Hemorrhagic stroke, Hepatitis C, Lipoma, Liver abscess, Liver failure, Low folate (folic acid) level, Obesity in adults, Sepsis, Septic arthritis, Sporotrichosis, Status epilepticus, Toxic shock syndrome, Transient ischemic attack, Vascular dementia, Vitamin B3 deficiency, Vitamin C deficiency, Wernicke encephalopathy, Zinc deficiency, Obesity, Acute kidney failure, Chronic atrial fibrillation, Mallory Weiss tear, Hepatitis, Gingivitis, Encephalitis, Hiccups, Kidney failure, Stroke, Alcohol intoxication, Atrial flutter, Transfusion related acute lung injury, Tuberculosis, Alcoholic hepatitis, Chronic pelvic pain, Cocaine abuse, Dementia, Gallbladder diseases, Liver cancer, Nerve pain, Neuropathy, Receding gums. ...Read more

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What should I do to cure my alcoholism?

What should I do to cure my alcoholism?

Start with AA: Asking your question here is a first step. Go to an AA meeting today. Find a meeting near you: http://www. Aa.org/ and be surrounded by countless others regaining their lives from alcohol. Great to want to cure your alcoholism, but "one day at a time" is the best mind-set. Find a sponsor. Listen to those at the meetings for courage. Maybe a therapist or doctor can also help. Don't give up! ...Read more

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What can be initial signs of alcoholism?

What can be initial signs of alcoholism?

Functioning: Impairment in functioning is the real key to a problem, as well as problems with one's family and relationships, problems on the job or with someone's work, marital problems, isolating and drinking alone, anger outbursts, alcohol withdrawal like shakes and tremors, drinking in the morning, history of duis, history of blackouts, problems with the law, spending too much on alcohol & health problems. ...Read more

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What are some of the tests for Alcoholism?

What are some of the tests for Alcoholism?

The tests for Alcoholism include:: Complete blood count, Basic metabolic panel, Liver function test, Toxicology screen, CT of head, Carbohydrate deficient transferrin, Clinical Institute Withdrawal Assessment for Alcohol, GGT, Drug and alcohol screen. ...Read more

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What are the signs when you get alcoholism?

What are the signs when you get alcoholism?

May also include: Feel guilty about your drinking
mislead others or hide your drinking habits
family or friends express worry about your drinking
drink in order to relax or feel better
have black outs while drinking
regularly drink more than intended
tolerance to alcohol needing more to feel effects
lose interest in things that used to bring pleasure
hide alcohol, irritable about family's concerns. ...Read more

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Can there be such a thing as mild alcoholism?

Can there be such a thing as mild alcoholism?

NO: Alcoholism is diagnosed when the drinking causes severe emotional, legal, financial employment or health issues you can drink twice a month and still be an alcoholic if it causes issues along the lines mentioned! ...Read more

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Is it possible that alcoholism cause high h&h?

Is it possible that alcoholism cause high h&h?

Not Usually: However, many drinkers also smoke ; nicotine dependence can produce elevated hemoglobin ; hematocrit as a compensatory process. ...Read more

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What happens if alcoholism starts at a young age?

It is more severe: And often is genetic. Men, in particular, who start drinking early in life typically have underlying psychiatric issues, strong family histories of alcoholism, and may also have antisocial tendencies with early criminal behaviors (delinquency etc.). Cloninger called these people type 1 alcoholics, and babour called it type a. They are also more likely to be polysubstance abusers than late onset. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of alcoholism?

What is the definition or description of alcoholism?

Alcoholism: Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences. It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Without a support group, many relapse after abstaining for a while. ...Read more

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What is the importance of the symptoms of alcoholism?

What is the importance of the symptoms of alcoholism?

Alcoholism: Is a deadly disease, so the importance of recognizing the symptoms as early as possible is to be able to avoid the negative consequences of the illness by getting treatment as soon as can be. Treatment is life saving! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Alcoholism?

What is the definition or description of: Alcoholism?

Alcohol dependence: Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort to avoid feeling bad. ...Read more

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What are the causes of alcoholism or is it simply a bad habit?

What are the causes of alcoholism or is it simply a bad habit?

Biology & addiction: Some people have a biological predisposition for alcoholism that runs in their families, other people develop a tolerance and addiction from overuse. Heavy drinking may start out as a bad habit, but alcoholism is an addiction and a disease that needs proper treatment or it can be life threatening. 12 step program and psychotherapy, as well as detox and rehab programs can be very helpful. ...Read more

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How do I overcome alcoholism?

Join AA: Follow their protocol, work with other members. There are meds available to curb craving, and you could discuss with your doctor. Some psychiatrists and psychologists deal with addictive personalities, and may be very helpful. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism make me sterile?

Can alcoholism make me sterile?

Yes: Drinking too much alcohol can affect your fertility. Alcoholism can affect the hormone system of your body, as well as affect the nutrition that you get out of food. These effects may resolve after you stop drinking, or they may become permanent. However, you should not count on alcohol making you sterile or impossible to father or conceive a child. Also, you should not drink while pregnant. ...Read more

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How can alcoholism physically kill?

Alcoholism: Alcohol affects every organ in the body, except for the kidneys. One can bleed to death from hemorrhages in the esophagus, called esophageal varices. One can also die from liver failure, as well as from alcohol damaging one's bone marrow, making one more prone to infections. An alcoholic may pass out and hit their head and die from a bleed on the brain. Aspiration pneumonia is also common. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a weakness or an illness?

Acquired illness: Seems to be some hereditary susceptibility, brought out by emotional stressors, or situational habituation, and, in the end, it is difficult to break the patterns and stabilize. However, groups like alcoholics anonymous have great success, and even medications can assist. Do not ascribe to the anti-social weakness theory, as that is anachronistic. ...Read more

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What is the best way to combat alcoholism?

No simple answer: Alcoholism is a complicated disorder that requires a comprehensive approach--therapies, medications, support groups, life changes, etc. ...Read more

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Withdrawel symptoms of alcoholism, itching?

Possibe: Alcohol is a brain sedative. Withdrawal can vary from seizures, delirium to mild agitation. Predicting the severity of withdrawal is difficult as tolerance varies greatly. ...Read more

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Is my alcoholism coming from psychological issues?

Is my alcoholism coming from psychological issues?

Perhaps: People drink and have substance abuse problems stemming from all sorts of reasons. Without better knowing your situation, it is difficult to ascribe a cause and effect mechanism, but since you asked the question it seems likely that you already suspect at least some of the causes for your condition. You might try aa, check out www. Aa.Org in addition to trying to see a psychiatrist or psychologist. ...Read more

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Is it possible that alcoholism cause hematomacrosis?

Yes: Secondary (acquired) hemochromatosis is due to other blood-related disorders (such as thalassemia or certain anemias) or many blood transfusions. Sometimes it occurs in people with long-term alcoholism and other health conditions.
www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000327.htm
hemochromatosis is too much iron in the body. It is also called iron overload. Causes there are two types. ...Read more

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What are the main psychological effects of alcoholism?

What are the main psychological effects of alcoholism?

Alcohol: Effects depend on the amount consumed. Small to moderate consumption causes reduced risks of blood clots, stone formation, diabetes & rheumatoid arthritis. Large consumption causes impaired memory & vision, anemia, cardiomyopathy, hepatitis, cancer mouth/esophagus, gastritis, pancreatitis, diabetes type 2, depression, anxiety, psychosis, insomnia, panic, cravings. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more