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How can I handle alcoholism during the holiday season?

How can I handle alcoholism during the holiday season?

Many ways: 1) ask your host not to serve it at the gathering. 2) have a non-alcoholic drink in your hand already. 3) go with your spouse or friend and have them watch over you. 4) tell other attendees that you are not indulging in alcohol. 5) throw your own alcohol-free party. 6) don't go because not drinking is the gift you have already given yourself. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

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


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Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Which type of establishment, and doctors, handle c-ptsd? All abuse, deranged alcoholism, etc. My perception is diseased. 12 steps do not work

Psychiatrists: Psychiatrists, addiction medicine physicians, psychologists, ; counselors are trained to help in these areas. Inpatient treatment may be needed, but the greatest expanse of care happens in outpatient settings. 12 steps work for those who work them, and are the most common type of recovery ; support groups. Other alcohol recovery options include smart recovery -- http://www.Smartrecovery.Org/. ...Read more

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How can alcoholism be a disease?

How can alcoholism be a disease?

Many reasons: Like heart disease ; diabetes, alcoholism is due to genes ; poor life style choices- diet, no exercise, smoking. Genetics are 50% responsible. Children of alcoholics are 8 x more likely to become alcoholics. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Evidence shows altered neurotransmitter response to alcohol. If one of your family members is alcoholic, you risk surprise addiction to a prescribed pain pill. ...Read more

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Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

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 more

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Help please! is alcoholism really an incurable disease?

Help please! is alcoholism really an incurable disease?

Not that I think: Granted, long term use of alcohol can result in permanent damage such as liver cirrhosis, and cerebellar atrophy, but, if handled in a timely fashion, especially with working a an alcoholics anonymous setting, outcomes should be often highly successful, and control achieved. Meds are available to ease the process. Work closely with your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is alcoholism considered a disease, but smoking isn't?

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Why is alcoholism considered a disease, but smoking isn't?

Alcohol/Smoking: A disease by definition is an abnormal condition with signs & symptoms, causing distress & dysfunction & social problems & even death. Since both alcoholism & smoking fit that picture, i see no reason not to classify both as diseases, such as alcoholism & nicotine addiction. ...Read more

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I am curious if alcoholism is a disease, how much is the alcoholic at fault?

I am curious if alcoholism is a disease, how much is the alcoholic at fault?

DIFFERENT TAKE: Fault is not a useful concept. The alcoholic has pleasure centers in his brain that create a demand for more, and small amounts will accellerate the urgency. A better concept would be a neurophysiologic one. ...Read more

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Supposing that alcoholism is a disease then why are people mad at alcoholics?

Good question: One - because many people give lip service to the disease concept, but believe in their heart of hearts that this individual is making a choice, and it is a bad choice. Alcoholics' behaviors affect and hurt ones they love and care about, and this makes people angry - they take it personally. "if you really loved (or cared about) me, you wouldn't drink like that!" family therapy is important. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why alcoholism is considered a disease, but not smoking?

Both are: All addiction is a complex brain disease that interacts with one's motivation and self-control. ...Read more

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I am curious if alcoholism runs in my family, how do I know if I have or will inherit this disease?

I am curious if alcoholism runs in my family, how do I know if I have or will inherit this disease?

Unknown: Genes are for risk, not destiny. Children of alcoholics, some studies show, are at 4 times the risk of being alcoholic as those whose parent is not alcoholic. The gene expresses a vulnerability to alcoholism or addiction & may bless you w/ forewarning . Many people go their whole life not knowing a potential chronic disease may otherwise loom. Being alert about drugs/alcohol is wise & possible. ...Read more

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Since alcoholism is being a recognized disease am i right that the alcoholic does not choose alcoholism?

Since alcoholism is being a recognized disease am i right that the alcoholic does not choose alcoholism?

Complicated: There are genetic factors that contribute to alcoholism. When the person with these genes drink alcohol the genes get 'turned on'. This leads to the obsession and compulsion to drink in the alcoholic. People who do not have these genes will likely never experience that and can drink in a controlled manner any time they choose. We don't chose our genes but we chose our actions. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a disease?

Alcoholism a disease: Alcoholism a disease due to: Short Term Health Risks •Motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, •Homicide, Suicide, Sexual assaultAlcohol Poisoning •Risky sexual behaviors leading to pregnancy or STD Long Term Health Risks •High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease •Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon •Memory problems, DementiaDepression, Anxiety ...Read more

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Can you tell me if alcoholism is a disease?

Yes it is ...: Just like diabetes and many other conditions, a person can develop alcoholism either because it runs in their family, or because they are exposed to other people, situations or environments that lead them to develop unhealthy behaviors. ...Read more

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Can you believe that alcoholism is a disease?

Yes: Like other diseases, alcoholism has strong genetic links- moral weakness does not. Like diabetes, alcoholism requires lifestyle changes, commitment to an entire pattern of living, and sometimes involves the entire family. Alcoholism is a sometimes relapsing brain disease for which successful treatment has been found. Approaches tailored to each patient save lives. Chronic means no quick fix. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why alcoholism is considered a disease?

Many reasons: Like hypertension and diabetes, alcoholism has a genetic component. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Animal models and human evidence shows altered chemical neurotransmitter response to alcohol in alcoholics. Diabetics can't handle sugar, alcoholics can't handle alcohol--never, ever, for the rest of their life. Treatment is available and is successful and is lifelong. Chronic illness requires work! ...Read more

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I've heard alcoholism described as an illness/disease. What is the difference?

Semantics: An illness is a disease. What they mean is that research supports aa's belief that the cause is physiological, like diabetes although there is a psychological component and some learned patterns, an addiction is an illness. If you are addicted you cannot just drink socially now and then. To recover you need to abstain forever. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the main arguments to say that alcoholism is a disease?

Many reasons: Lots of evidence of strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history are much more likely to become alcoholic even if not raised around those relatives. Read kathleen whalen fitzgerald's 1988 book "alcoholism: the genetic inheritance." also, for the brain science about this, see the video "pleasure unwoven, " available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it on youtube. ...Read more

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In your expert opinion, is alcoholism a patterned behavior or a legitimate disease?

Definitely a disease: Alcoholics don't look or feel ill until almost dead, but strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history far more likely to become alcoholic even if not raised around it. See kathleen w fitzgerald's 1988 book "alcoholism: the genetic inheritance." also, for brain science re this, see the video "pleasure unwoven, " available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it on youtube. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more