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Can alcoholism contribute to an anxiety disorder?

Can alcoholism contribute to an anxiety disorder?

Absolutely: Although alcohol usually relieves anxiety in the short term, heavy or chronic use often increases anxiety. This is especially true during alcohol withdrawal, with anxiety, racing heart, sweating, etc. In addition to alcohol's physical effects, many alcoholics are anxious about losing jobs and friends, getting into legal or financial trouble, etc. Alcoholism is not a calm existence at all. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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 ...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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Alcoholism or withdrawal related to anxiety attacks?

Alcoholism  or withdrawal related to anxiety attacks?

Both?: Symptoms of anxiety attacks can be cause by alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Usually, shakiness from a panic attack will get better in a short while, whereas tremors from alcohol withdrawal may get worse until a person may actually have a withdrawal seizure. Panic attacks do not cause seizures. A seizure is a medical emergency as a person could stop breathing and die. ...Read more

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Are there any relationships between alcoholism and anxiety disorders?

Are there any relationships between alcoholism and anxiety disorders?

Nerves and alcohol: People with anxiety disorders are appx. 3 times more likely to abuse alchohol often to try to alleviate the anxiety but in the long run, it makes anxiety worse. ...Read more

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Is Neurontin (gabapentin) helpful for anxiety and the cravings associated with alcoholism? What are the side effects?

Is Neurontin (gabapentin) helpful for anxiety and the cravings associated with alcoholism? What are the side effects?

Yes: Neurontin (gabapentin) helps reduce cravings and anxiety. It has quite a few side effects, primarily drowsiness, headache, nausea. But if you are early in your abstinence and recovery you are not going to feel well no matter what you do. So if the side effects are not too bothersome I would continue the medication for its benefits. ...Read more

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Can hives be a symptom of alcoholism detox? And will steroids help eliminate the hives? I'm a 56 yr. Old female. I stopped drinking one week ago. I had two days of anxiety and a small patch of hives on my forearms, which have progressively covered my bod

Hello. : Hello. Although hives is not one of the typical symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, anxiety certainly is. Hives can be caused by anxiety. If you are alcoholic, i don't recommend detoxifying yourself without medical supervision. You can become quite ill while detoxifying. Most people detoxify in an inpatient setting but some doctors are will to do outpatient detoxification protocols. Your body is going through tremendous changes right now. Recommend that you be medically evaluated for your hives and for withdrawal symptoms. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism all bad?

Is alcoholism all bad?

Nothing Good: Alcoholism damages the body, destroys the liver, weaknes the heart and cause dementia. These are the three major organs to sustain life. It also destroys relationships and work productivity. So I am sorry but i cannot find anything good in this. If you are using alcohol as a sedative or pain reliever there are better alternatives. ...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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What is done for alcoholism?

What is done for alcoholism?

Treatment: Behavior methods have been successful in helping many become sober and reducing risk of relapse. First step is to approach your doctor and assess the impact on your brain and body. Then obtain treatment referrals. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism be inherited?

Can alcoholism be inherited?

Yes: Having one parent with alcoholism increases one's chances of having this problem. Your chances increase if both parents are alcoholic. Being aware of this and avoiding drinking too much will help. It may be best to figure out a way to have a happy life without having to drink at all. There are lots of very happy people who do not drink. (like me). Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more