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Doctor insights on: Can Alcoholics Successfully Achieve Controlled Drinking

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I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

C A G E: If you drink and cannot routinely stop at one, you may have issues with control. If others have confronted you and you typically deny the issue or get angry at the messenger, you may have prototypical defenses. If you admit to feeling guilt about how much you drink and wish to cut down, this could signal a problem. Drinking in the am, blackouts, or legal trouble all are worrisome. 2 of 4 get help. ...Read more

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Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Possibly: Ask yourself these questions: 1) do you feel the need to cut back on your drinking? 2) are you annoyed when others ask you to stop? 3) do you feel guilty about drinking? 4) do you need an "eye-opener" drink in the morning to get going? More than one 'yes' response to any of these questions raises suspicion of alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

No: Drinking one to drinks per day does not make you an alcoholic. That is unless they are very large drinks. One drink is considered to be either one 4 ounce glass of wine, one-12 ounce beer of one-single ounce/shot of whiskey or hard liquor. More than two of such drinks per day are more problematic. One to two drinks per day has actually been proven to be beneficial. ...Read more

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Which medical tests for an alcoholic who stopped drinking?

Which medical tests for an alcoholic who stopped drinking?

The physician will: Know what to draw. The important thing is to stay sober and make sure you get to that evaluation. Alcoholics anonymous is a great organization to help with sobriety. ...Read more

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With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

Nauseous alcoholic: It could be due to alcohol-induced pancreatitis, acid reflux, alcoholic gastritis or alcoholic liver disease. It's best to stop drinking and go see your doctor for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Are there more alcoholics in countries like france where kids drink?

Are there more alcoholics in countries like france where kids drink?

Good question: The definition of alcoholism differs from country to country and from culture to culture. A doctor's joke: how does a doctor diagnose alcoholism? Answer: a patient who drinks more than the doctor. ...Read more

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Am I an alcoholic if I lightly drink more than a couple nights a week?

Am I an alcoholic if I lightly drink more than a couple nights a week?

Depends: It depends on what you mean by "lightly" and "more than a couple?" seven is more than a couple. But seriously, what do you think if you were very honest with yourself? I have a feeling that if you are asking this here, you have some sort of concern. Why not go get yourself checked out just to make sure you are okay? What do you to lose? Maybe, this was your first step. See: www.Aa.Org. Good luck. ...Read more

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If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean i'm an alcoholic?

If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean i'm an alcoholic?

Maybe: One definition of addiction that i like is that an addiction is a brain disease which causes a person to engage in behaviors that he or she knows could lead to dire consequences-the person knows this is true-but still continues to engage in the behavior. One can become addicted to food, sex and substances. It has to do with how much of an impairment it causes in the person's overall functioning. ...Read more

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What will happen to a late stage alcoholic if he stops drinking suddenly?

What will happen to a late stage alcoholic if he stops drinking suddenly?

Seizures, DT's: In very heavy drinkers, especially those who have already done damage to their bodies with alcohol, the sudden cessation of alcohol can result in a severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome, where pulse and blood pressure can reach unsafe levels, plus vomiting, diarrhea and severe anxiety and tremor. Seizures and DTs, which may be lethal, can also occur. Cessation should be done in a medical setting. ...Read more