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I am curious if alcoholism runs in my family, how do I know if I have or will inherit this disease?

I am curious if alcoholism runs in my family, how do I know if I have or will inherit this disease?

Unknown: Genes are for risk, not destiny. Children of alcoholics, some studies show, are at 4 times the risk of being alcoholic as those whose parent is not alcoholic. The gene expresses a vulnerability to alcoholism or addiction & may bless you w/ forewarning . Many people go their whole life not knowing a potential chronic disease may otherwise loom. Being alert about drugs/alcohol is wise & possible. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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. ...Read more


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Our family has a history of alcoholism, how can I prevent this from happening to my children?

Our family has a history of alcoholism, how can I prevent this from happening to my children?

Proper nutrition: Alcoholism is a largely genetic condition related to metabolic imbalances that affect alcohol metabolism. Minimizing sugar & avoiding tobacco & caffeine is crucial. Vitamins b3, b6, b1, c, zinc, chromium & essential fatty acids can be extremely helpful. They need to know that they are probably allergic to alcohol & should avoid it. See "the vitamin cure for alcoholism" by abram hoffer md phd. ...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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I suffer from severe alcoholism, and my family is coming to visit this very stressful time. How do I cope with this?

AA: Find an aa meeting today, and attend until family leaves. By that time you will have discovered the importance and help that aa will afford you. ...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.

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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I have extended family members who deal with alcoholism, however nether one of parents my do. Is the chances of me being an alcoholic high or low?

I have extended family members who deal with alcoholism, however nether one of parents my do. Is the chances of me being an alcoholic high or low?

Family disease: Whether or not you drink, you are likely to have been affected by alcoholism in your family. You might consider attending a meeting of al-anon for the families and friends of alcoholics. ...Read more

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Help please? I want to know what are some of the health risks of alcoholism other then mantal health effects?

Help please? I want to know what are some of the health risks of alcoholism other then mantal health effects?

Too many to count: Alcohol damages virtually every organ in the body, including brain damage and dementia, weakens heart muscle and causes arrhythmia, inflames the liver and causes hepatitis/cirrhosis, the stomach and causes gastritis, esophagitis and worsens ulcers, the immune system and increases infections. It also causes cancer of the head/neck and lung, liver cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer (and others). ...Read more

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Does alcoholism leave any long-term effects on body?

Does alcoholism leave any long-term effects on body?

Absolutely: The liver detoxifies alcohol and is greatly effected over time with some users developing cirrhosis. Brain cells are lost from drinking and never regenerate. Virtually every chronic condition is worsened by alcohol use, not to mention falls, fights, and car accidents that occur in greater frequency when individuals are intoxicated. ...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

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What are the effects of alcoholism on children and youth, physiologically speaking?

What are the effects of alcoholism on children and youth, physiologically speaking?

Many: Low self Esteem, Guilt and Despair, feelings of abandonment, chronic depression, anxiety and stress. Often children of alcoholics are physically and emotionally abused. ...Read 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