Top
30
Doctor insights on: Excessive Alcohol Abuse

Share
1

1
During alcohol abuse, why does clotting and excessive bruising occur?

During alcohol abuse, why does clotting and excessive bruising occur?

Hurts the liver: The liver makes 6 blood clotting factors: I (fibrinogen), ii (prothrombin), iv, v, vi, vii. If even one decreases, prothrombin time (pt) will increase, meaning liver synthesis function decreases. In any acute liver cell disease, if prolonged pt indicates severe liver cell death--and danger! The bruising is due to unrepaired under-the-skin blood leakage. ...Read more

Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


2

2
Why does clotting and excessive bruising occur in hepatocytes (liver cells) during alcohol abuse?

Why does clotting and excessive bruising occur in hepatocytes (liver cells) during alcohol abuse?

Metabolic toxin: Alcohol produces a number of metabolic effects that damage liver cells, cause fat accummulation in liver, liver cell necrosis/death, cirrhosis and liver cancer. Clotting and bruising are not medical terms with reference to hepatocytes. ...Read more

3

3
Can you tell me if throughout alcohol abuse, why does clotting and excessive bruising occur when alcohol damages hepatocytes (liver cells)?

Can you tell me if throughout alcohol abuse, why does clotting and excessive bruising occur when alcohol damages hepatocytes (liver cells)?

Alcohol: Affects multiple organ systems, not just the liver. To your question, though, fibrinogen and other clotting factors are produced in the liver. Alcohol interferes with their production and activity in various ways, to the effect that alchol has both a procoagulant (which would increase clotting) and anticoagulant (the opposite) effects. Whichever pathway dominates will determine the net effect. ...Read more

4

4
Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Many: Binge drinking, drinking that affects work and relationships. Look up the cage questions and seek help if you need it! ...Read more

5

5
Can you die from alcohol abuse?

Can you die from alcohol abuse?

Yes, indeed!: Alcohol abuse can slowly affect one's liver. End result is death from liver failure due to cirrosis. ...Read more

6

6
What are the tests for Alcohol abuse?

What are the tests for Alcohol abuse?

There are none.: If your pattern of drinking is excessive and daily then a problem exists. If people have told you this and you are avoiding people and situations due your tendency to be drunk easily then a problem exists. ...Read more

7

7
What are the symptoms of Alcohol abuse?

What are the symptoms of Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol Abuse: Alcohol abuse refers to use of alcohol to the extent that it interferes with core responsibilities and tasks (family, work responsibilities), or causes negative outcomes (e.g., DUI). Abuse can progress to dependence with physical and psychological addiction - increased tolerance (need more to get the same effect), withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, and preoccupation with drinking. ...Read more

8

8
Does alcohol abuse change your peronality

Does alcohol abuse change your peronality

IT CAN: Certainly while intoxicated you lose inhibitions and can have a "personality change". Also long term effects of alcohol on mood and physical condition. If you question your alcohol use, then you clearly have an alcohol problem get help there is so much that you can do like aa, medications, detox, therapy, and treatment for depression or anxiety that may underlie the abuse. ...Read more

9

9
How much should I worry about alcohol abuse?

How much should I worry about alcohol abuse?

Alot: Alcohol abuse can affect many organ systems -- especially liver, nervous system, heart, immune and gastrointestinal. Drink only in moderation if your doctor says that it is ok. Usually, one beer or glass of wine per day, or one shot of liquor. But, always check with your doctor first. ...Read more

10

10
What are the risk factors for Alcohol abuse?

What are the risk factors for Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol Abuse RiskFa: Risk factors for Alcohol abuse:

•Alcohol Dependence of parent (s)
•Parental abuse and neglect of children
•Antisocial, sexually deviant, or mentally ill parents
•family violence
•separation, divorce, or death of parent (s)
•Racial discrimination
•Living in an economically depressed area with:
•High unemployment
•Inadequate housing
•High prevalence of crime
•High prevalence of illegal drug use ...Read more

11

11
What are the complications of Alcohol abuse?

What are the complications of Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol Abuse Compli: Complications of Alcohol Abuse
• Persisting Amnestic Disorder
• Psychotic Disorder
Mood Disorder
Sleep Disorder
• Sexual Dysfunction
• Arrhythmias
• High blood pressure
• Hepatitis
• Cirrhosis
Pancreatitis
Increased risk of developing cancers of the:
• Mouth
• Esophagus
• Throat
• Liver
• Breast
Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like Pneumonia and Tuberculosis ...Read more

12

12
What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

Underage drinking: Technically, ingestion of any illegal substance constitutes abuse. Teens may not legally drink alcohol. Therefore a teen who is drinking alcohol is suffering from alcohol abuse. ...Read more

13

13
How to know if you are prone to alcohol abuse?

How to know if you are prone to alcohol abuse?

Interferes with life: If you are prone to alcohol abuse you will use alcohol despite knowing that there are negative consequences, if you want to drink less but feel that you can't, if you feel guilty for drinking too much, if you drink in the morning to treat hangover symptoms, if you spend more time and money obtaining and using alcohol than doing necessary daily tasks, and if alcohol interferes with work or family. ...Read more

14

14
Can I tell me how I can stop drug/alcohol abuse?

Can I tell me how I can stop drug/alcohol abuse?

Treatment/Support: Find someone who specializes in addictions, to help you design a plan to deal with urges, stress, find out triggers, and the big "why? " question. Additionally, stopping addiction might bring you a sense of loss -- with all the emotions a sense of loss carries and it needs to be worked through. It's a lot of work, but doable. Good luck! ...Read more

15

15
How do I admit to needing help for alcohol abuse?

How do I admit to needing help for alcohol abuse?

Seek help!: Choose a trusted friend or family member to help you. See your personal doctor for a consultation and referral to a specialist in addiction medicine. Go to an aa meeting. Many people can and want to help you. Just reach out! Don't be ashamed. You are in good company with many famous people. ...Read more

16

16
Could it be something bad if I have alcohol abuse?

Could it be something bad if I have alcohol abuse?

Yes: If indeed you have alcohol abuse problems, then it is something unhealthy. Please see your doctor to decide if you have a problem or not. See my health guides for definitions of abuse. ...Read more

17

17
How do rock stars deal with drug and alcohol abuse?

How do rock stars deal with drug and alcohol abuse?

Some, not well: Many rock stars have become examples of the worst outcomes in drug and alcohol abuse: death. Alternatively, their sagas show revolutions into and out of rehab systems, and then back again. Chemical dependency is a heartbreaking disease for anyone. For recovery, one needs sober, rock-solid supports -- and chronic exposure to others abusing alcohol/drugs in "the business" makes it much harder. ...Read more

18

18
What is the definition or description of: alcohol abuse?

Abuse is specific: Abuse is the use of a substance (or doing an activity) that the user knows (or has been told by competent authority) that continued use is dangerous or unhealthful. Addiction is escalation of dose/frequency of use, drug/activity seeking, and not doing daily activities to satisfy use. ...Read more

19

19
What are some of the conditions treated by Alcohol abuse?

What are some of the conditions treated by Alcohol abuse?

Unclear question: Alcohol abuse does not treat any conditions. Alcohol abuse may cause a variety of medical conditions. ...Read more

20

20
Are there any medications that help you reduce alcohol abuse?

Are there any medications that help you reduce alcohol abuse?

Yes: Campral - will damage kidney in long run
antabuse- cause liver damage
trexan - cause liver damage
holistic remedy high dose L-glutamine will be safer and reduces cravings. ...Read more

21

21
How does alcohol abuse affect community? Mentally and physically!

How does alcohol abuse affect community? Mentally and physically!

Depends: On the number of alcoholics in that community and whether it is associated with violence such as child or wife abuse. It is a deadly illness for anyone and very difficult to treat. ...Read more

22

22
At what point does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

At what point does "moderate" use of alcohol become alcohol abuse?

Alcohol abuse: When a person starts to lose control of his or her drinking, and develops other symptoms related to alcoholism. Here's a link that can help to see other symptoms: http://www. Webmd. Com/mental-health/addiction/understanding-alcohol-abuse-symptoms it would also be a good idea to consult with an addictions' specialist. ...Read more

23

23
Which mental illnesses can long-term alcohol abuse cause or increase the risk of?

Which mental illnesses can long-term alcohol abuse cause or increase the risk of?

Memory problems: Long term alcohol abuse can cause something called amnestic syndrome as part of a condition called wernicke-korsokoff syndrome. With such a condition, a person's short term memory is greatly diminished and in severe cases, non-existent. One can imagine the problems not being able to remember any new information can cause. An individual with such a problem can forget all new information. ...Read more

24

24
What does 3 years of alcohol abuse do to your body, damage & lasting risks? Average 3 promille...

Alcohol Damage: The damage is related to the amount you are using, the strength of the alcohol, and your sensitivity to your level of use. Alcohol damages the liver, then the brain, can damage the lining of the stomach. The nutritional/vitamin deficiencies can lead to further liver damage, muscle wasting, and neurological damage, including numbness, problems with strength and balance. ...Read more

25

25
Memory. I tend to forget things easier in the last month. Either long and short term. I think it's due to my moderate alcohol abuse. I've quit already, will I regain it or is it lost forever?

Memory. I tend to forget things easier in the last month. Either long and short term. I think it's due to my moderate alcohol abuse. I've quit already, will I regain it or is it lost forever?

Check b12: Abstinence from alcohol will definitely improve your memory and focus but it may take months. Alcohol abuse can cause significant nutritional and vitamin deficiencies. Have your doctor do bloodwork such as B12 levels and start taking a good multivitamin and eat a varied diet. Do mind games, exercise and laugh. Also find out if you have sleep apnea and treat it. You will be surprised at how resilient to mind is when it is given a chance to recover. ...Read more

26

26
What are the treatments for Alcohol abuse?

What are the treatments for Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol use disorder: Treatment may include several different FDA approved medications, individual therapy, and there are groups such as SMART recovery and others. Some patients require inpatient treatment depending upon the severity of the disease. ...Read more

27

27
What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol abuse?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol abuse?

Multiple: For treatment, psychiatrists and addiction specialists are important, while the pcp can also be a great asset. However, alcoholics have many medical problems including trauma, liver, GI and pancreas probs, neuro probs, hematologic dz. These need imaging, procedures and treatment from physicians from er to neurosurg to radiology...And frequently anesthesia. Medical costs of alcoholism very high. ...Read more

28

28
Can alcohol abuse cause diabetes?

Can alcohol abuse cause diabetes?

It can: Make you more at risk for diabetes. Heavy drinking can make you less sensitive to insulin. Also heavy drinking can cause chronic pancreatitis which can cause insulin production problems. So this can add to the risk of developing diabetes. Your genetic make up plays the largest role. But drinking can help speed things up ...Read more

29

29
How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

How are alcohol abuse and dependence different?

Drinking: Dependence is usually considered that you will have physical withdrawal symptoms if you stop drinking. Dependence and addiction are synonymous. Abuse is frequent or even occasional excessive drinking which is considered more than five drinks within two hours. ...Read more

30

30
What long term effects of alcohol abuse are common?

Varied and severe: Long term alcohol abuse has a variety of negative physical and psychological symptoms including vitamin deficiency, liver damage, premature aging, dementia, and chronic sleep deficiency due to inhibition of rem sleep. It is nothing to take lightly, and treatment should be sought as soon as possible to avoid the start of permanent damage. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
1,576 Doctors shared insights

Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more