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Does Alcoholism Make Men Less Fertile
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
Yes: Alcohol use in men may have negative effects on sperm (decreased semen volume, movement, shape, and count), with inflammation and increased white blood cells in the semen. Alcohol intake is associated with lower levels of fuel (gonadotropins) from the brain and direct effects on the testes leading to lower testosterone. Interestingly, a specific component of red wine, myricetin may affect sperm. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Recovery: Typically, alcoholism doesn't get cured. It is an ongoing disorder that requires ongoing work to treat it. Recovery can occur, but it does involve connections to other people and persistent work. Find a good alcohol treatment facility and commit to the recovery process. You an also seek out alcoholics anonymous or rational recovery groups as well. ...Read more
Evaluation: I'd recommend a medical work-up and neuropsychological assessment in order to determine the best treatment. There is a disorder of thinking and behavior called wernicke-korsakoff syndrome that is caused by chronic alcohol-related vitamin deficiency. However, someone with a history of alcoholism may have another type of dementia, or other medical issues that affect thinking and behavior. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
First order of: Business is to make sure that there are no other reversible causes of the confusion. This should include of course stopping the alcohol safely. It should also entail a search for other contributors such as a low b 12 or other vitamin, nutritional, medical, and infectious causes of confusion. A look at medications should ensure that none of them are causing the confusion as well. ...Read more
Yes: Drinking too much alcohol can affect your fertility. Alcoholism can affect the hormone system of your body, as well as affect the nutrition that you get out of food. These effects may resolve after you stop drinking, or they may become permanent. However, you should not count on alcohol making you sterile or impossible to father or conceive a child. Also, you should not drink while pregnant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: Yes, it depletes vitamins.Get a more detailed answer ›
Look At The Symptoms: End stage alcoholism is marked by a total loss of control in all aspects of the alcoholic's life including relationships, employment, physical and mental health. The individual cannot stop drinking as attempts to stop cause severe withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations delirium tremens, or seizures. Multi-organ failure is common and mortality rates are very high. Treatment must be sought. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It helps: An "intervention" is often the first step in treating alcoholism or addiction. The most important aspect, however, is the persons own desire to do something about their "disease". An intervention typically involves a period of in-patient rehabilitation, followed by support groups(such as aa), sometimes therapy and there a host of medicines that may aid in helping one to stop drinking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes : As i understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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