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Doctor insights on: Can Occasional Binge Drinking Lead To Alcoholism

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Can occasional binge drinking lead to alcoholism?

Can occasional binge drinking lead to alcoholism?

Possibly: Traditional alcoholics drink every day or risk going into withdrawal. Binge drinking over time can easily develop into daily drinking, however. The destructive effects of binge drinking are substantial and include health problems, potential legal problems, and relationship problems. Binge drinkers need to ask themselves why they overindulge and try to find strategies to quit. ...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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How harmful for your health is occasional smoking and binge drinking?

Not good: Depends on how occasional and how severe the smoking and drinking are. If you are drinking alcohol to the point of blacking out or losing motor control, this is dangerous. Smoking has clear adverse effects on the heart, lungs and other organs. ...Read more

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What is the long term damage that can be caused by infrequent binge drinking?

Memory loss: The most serious medical consequences which can occur as a result of binge drinking are neurological. One can have potentially fatal seizures during the withdrawal phase. If one is not adequately nourished, the areas of the brain involved in memory formation may be damaged permanently (wernicke korsakoff syndrome). Of course there are social consequences, like relationship or legal problems, too! ...Read more

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How can binge drinking affect happiness?

Depression: Alcoholism is known to cause depression and anxiety among other problems. Not much good to say about alcoholism in any form. Increases risk for high-blood pressure, certain cancers, sleep apnea, heart disease, etc. You need to get help. Reach out to someone. http://rethinkingdrinking.niaaa.nih.gov/. ...Read more

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What does it mean when someone is binge drinking?

Alcoholism: Binge drinking is often one of the most difficult forms of alcohol abuse to treat. The person often doesn't crave alcohol in between episodes and there can be weeks in between but their weakness is that once they start drinking they cannot stop until he either black out or pass out in many cases. The risks are significant. Alcohol poisoning, car accidents, physical fights other activities that are not remembered the next day have landed many people in jail, some for life as a result of binge drinking.Fortunately, for those who cannot control it, there are treatment options. Medicinal treatment options include campral, daily naltrexone, and monthly injections called vivitrol.Alcohol counseling and psychotherapy and treatment of any accompanying psychiatric condition should also be undertaken.Any physical diseases occurring at the same time should also be addressed. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can psychology be used to treat binge drinking?

Can psychology be used to treat binge drinking?

Yes: Different types of psychological therapy can indeed be used to help binge drinking symptoms decrease. Also, 12 step programs if run effectively, in addition to therapy can be very helpful. ...Read more

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What are some harmful effects of binge drinking coffee?

Depends: On what you think is a binge. Some people drink 20 cups of coffee a day without any apparent problems. Others have one cup of coffee and have a tremor and can't sleep that night. Most people who drink coffee consume 2-3 cups per day, and rarely drink it after mid-afternoon. This rarely causes problems. In sensitive people, it can elevate blood pressure &pulse, cause insomnia and anxiety & headache. ...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


Dr. Mark Tosca
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Binge Drinking (Definition)

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking many alcoholic beverages in a short time. A binge may be 5+ drinks for men and 4+ drinks for ...Read more