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I've read you shouldn't get angry or confront an alcoholic family member, but can it help to calmly state that I'm worried about them?
Relationship Turmoil: You are a very Caring family member! Have Heart to Heart Talk with your alcoholic family member, tell what you have appreciated about him/her in your life, and that you would like to have happy Family Relationships; After that express your concerns and worries about the behavior under the influence of Alcohol; and suggest to see a Psychiatrist for assessment and attend AA meetings. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my sister is an alcoholic and it has become a matter of life or death. can our family get a court order to have her committed in a facility?
Depends on state: All states generally have rules regarding involuntary commitment, but the requirements vary considerably state to state and even court to court. Generally, the person has to be clearly a danger to themselves or others, and some courts require that they be shown to be incapable of making appropriate decisions as well. I would strongly recommend getting a lawyer with familiarity with your laws. ...Read more
Care for self 1st: Taking care of you first, is important. You can attend alanon meetings, which are for family and friends of alcoholics. This group can familiarize you with typical family patterns in alcoholism, and the 12 step process also. Thus supported, you'll be better able to deal with your family member. S/he may notice the changes in you, and be curious enough to seek aa help. I've seen this happen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: but at 43 you would probably know about it already. Studies of the heredity of alcoholism would indicate that boys born of alcoholic fathers have about 4 times the prevalence of alcoholism by age 40 as those without alcoholic fathers (32% vs. 8%). However, the majority DON'T, and heredity does NOT define us. Limiting your drinking, abstinence and/or developing good coping skills important. ...Read more
Yes: and some doctors recommend that people with a strong history of alcoholism stay completely away from alcohol, as there is good evidence that it can be passed down, particularly to male offspring, while female offspring have a greater prevalence of depression. If you use alcohol, stick with safe limits (1 drink/day, no more than 7/week and never more than 3 on one occasion). ...Read more
I used to be an alcoholic and a cocaine addict. I still drink, my whole family drinks a lot around me, what is the best way for me to cope with this?
12 Step Groups: Such as those found in AA and NA groups will provide support for you. They believe that one ALWAYS remains an addict but that one can be in recovery. Please look in the phone book or check w/your doctor or local social service agency to find a group. They often meet in public buildings and churches. Congratulations on your progress and peace and good health. ...Read more
Should i stop drinking - my dad and most of his family are alcoholics, could it be passed down to me?
Worth considering: I had a colleague in an addictions practice who routinely advised anyone with a strong family history of alcoholism not to begin consuming alcohol, and if they did, to strongly consider stopping. Genetics are not the only influence, and many people with + family histories never get into any trouble with alcohol, but they are at greater risk. ...Read more
I am very concerned as I have been diagnosed with chronic pancreatitis. Having been a "regular" drinker having 2 or 3 glasses of wine per night for many years I never thought of myself (nor did anyone in my family) as an alcoholic! I have lost about 5 l
I have extended family members who deal with alcoholism, however nether one of parents my do. Is the chances of me being an alcoholic high or low?
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