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Doctor insights on: Genetics Of Alcoholism And Obesity

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Dr. Kevin Passer
1,555 doctors shared insights

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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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?

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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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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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

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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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What sort of problem is alcoholism?

A serious one.: Alcoholism is a disease that affects mind, body & spirit. One loses control of alcohol use, is preoccupied w alcohol & continues to drink alcohol in spite of problems related to it's use. One may drink more than intended & over time may need to drink larger amounts of alcohol to obtain the same effect. Attempts to cut down on use or to stop use may have been unsuccessful. Alcoholism creates > ...Read more

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What is a good way to cure minor liver problem caused by alcoholism?

What is a good way to cure minor liver problem caused by alcoholism?

Abstain from Alcohol: I am not sure what you mean by minor liver problems. One's liver can repair itself, if the damage is not too severe. A blood test can be used to determine the extent of the damage and also how much one's liver is able to return to normal functioning. ...Read more

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How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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Is there a big link between agoraphobia and alcoholism?

Is there a big link between agoraphobia and alcoholism?

Possibly: Alcoholism is a disease, agoraphibia is an anxiety disorder. Not everyone with alcoholism has agoraphobia and vis-versa. Many people with alcoholism have an anxiety disorder, so there is a link between the two. Both problems need to be addressed for successful recovery. Treating agoriphobia alone without getting help for the alcoholism will unlikely be successful. ...Read more

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
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Obesity (Definition)

The definition started with Louis Israel Dublin, chief statistician of the Metropolitan life insurance company, in the early 1940s, as a BMI >25 (definitely >30) for people in their 20's based on retrospective observational life insurance data of the age at which people died later in life. This was subsequently adopted by the medical disease industry. However, BMI is ...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