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Can Alcoholics Successfully Achieve Controlled Drinking
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Alcoholic: If never drank, not likely.Get a more detailed answer ›
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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