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Distinction Between Early Onset Alcoholism And Late Onset Alcoholism
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Abuse vs dependence: Regular drinking of 1-2 drinks might be healthful. More than 4 can cause harm and would be called abuse. Dependence comes with tolerance (needing more to get high), and withdrawal sx (am shakes, anxiety, insomnia, seizures and brain damage). Chronic use can lead to b vitamin deficiency and relative malnutrition as alcohol has empty calories. This can cause sudden and permanent brain damage. ...Read more
They're the same: I have heard it said that only the person with alcohol dependency can call themselves an alcoholic. They both mean the same thing and involve a loss of control of alcohol in a person's life associated with impaired functioning. There are effective treatments available. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question: Alcohol abuse: - intemperate use. - legal consequences - drinking more than you thought you were going to alcohol dependence: - you can stay away from it for different periods, but when you come back, and you have one drink, you just can't stop. - dependence - in extreme forms - requires a drink of alcohol in the morning just to "settle your nerves" and function. - drinking despite md orders. ...Read more
The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference. ...Read more
Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more
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