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Alcoholism And Pain Under The Sternum
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.
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.
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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!
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.
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. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. Without a support group.See 1 more doctor answer
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!See 1 more doctor answer
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.
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.