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Doctor insights on: Distinction Between Early Onset Alcoholism And Late Onset Alcoholism

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What are some useful things to do in early recovery from alcoholism to assist in healing?

What are some useful things to do in early recovery from alcoholism to assist in healing?

Be Kind to Yourself: Remember what you put before your sobriety you will lose so sobriety comes first. Take care of your physical and emotional health, rest, eat healthy foods and get enough fluids. But more than that, go to meetings, work with your sponsor, work your steps & be sure you are being real with what is going on in your own head. A day at a time, an hour at at a time, sometimes a moment at a time. Be well. ...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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He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?

He has early stage dementia due to chronic alcoholism, diagnosed in 2011. He is vulgar & inappropriate lately. Is this normal w/dementia?

Yes: Unfortunately with dementias one often loses the ability to stop inappropriate social behaviors including the ones mentioned. The behavior is primarily physiological in this context. Measures to help him feel safer and medications which might enhance inhibitory circuits could be tried. I am not aware of any "magic bullets" for this but I would avoid shaming or confrontations. Try singing!? ...Read more

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I keep finding my father in law urinating in the trash can late at night could this be alcoholism and what should I do?

I keep finding my father in law urinating in the trash can late at  night  could this be alcoholism and what should I do?

Several possibilitie: Well, it's unlikely that he's an alcoholic if he doesn't drink any alcohol. However, he may have difficulty getting to bathroom in time, he may not know what he's doing (like sleep walking), or this may be early dementia. Does he know that he's doing this? If not, that's worrisome. If yes, does he care? It would be a good idea to get him to see his doctor for a thorough evaluation. ...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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What defines alcoholism?

What defines alcoholism?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...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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How is alcoholism treated?

How is alcoholism treated?

Multiple ways: To treat alcoholism, there are both inpatient and outpatient programs. Many are run in accord with 12-step philosophy. Visit aa (http://www.Aa.Org) to get an idea. Also there are aftercare recovery groups that teach skills for living without depending on alcohol. Addiction medicine docs can help too ; and psychiatrists to treat conditions that might interfere with your recovery. ...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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How is alcoholism dangerous?

How is alcoholism dangerous?

88,000 deaths: Appoximately 80% of untreated alcoholics die of their disease. Alcohol affects the brain, liver, kidney, stomach. Most common things that kill alcoholics are accidents, alcohol poisoning, suicides, liver disease. ...Read more

Dr. Chevies Newman
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Premature (Definition)

Very premature is a condition in which a baby is delivered between 28 and 31 weeks' gestation. Depending on how premature, how sick, and how lucky or unlucky a baby is, he can get brain problems, cerebral palsy, blindness, deafness, developmental problems, learning disabilities, severe lung diseases, infection and loss of some intestines, etc... Babies who are only moderately premature usually ...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