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How Can I Help My Alcoholic Son
Chance, not destiny: Alcoholism has many complex causes. Genetics certainly isn't destiny. If you son's grandfather was alcoholic, your son may have some increased chance of it. There is no specific test for this, just a risk factor. When he is old enough, it is appropriate to tell him that this problem may run in his family, same as any other medical history on either side of family (heart dz, cancer, diabetes, etc). ...Read more
Hepatitis ? My son-in-law is an alcoholic, he was told in nov. 2009, that he has a lot of liver damage from drinking, but he still drinks excessively. He is bloated to the point that his skin looks like it could burst, his skin is yellow and so are his ey
Help with what?: If you want your friend to stop drinking, he or she has to want to or it doesn't work. Alanon is a 12-step organization designed for friends and loved ones of people with alcohol problems, and can help you deal with your concern, anger, guilt and other mixed emotions. We often 'enable' drinkers to keep drinking in ways we dont always understand, and alanon can help reduce this.Don't nag-not helpful. ...Read more
You can't MAKE her: Not drink. You can express your concern, and try to communicate caring, love and wanting her to be happy and healthy, as can other family members. However this is often seen as 'nagging' and she may distance herself from you and others. Try attending Alanon meetings, where you can learn to deal with your own anger, guilt, shame and other emotions, which may help you(not her). See a counselor. ...Read more
Its causes problems: Alcoholic is actually not a medical term, however people in aa call themselves alcoholics because for some reason or another alcohol causes problems in their life, health, relationships, legal trouble. Maybe they were just done having it rule their lives, it kept them stuck, from realizing their dreams, maybe they were robbed of their mind, body and spirit. Unfortunately some never see this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcoholism: An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense. Signs of alcoholism are drinking alone, drinking in secret. Not being able to limit alcohol. Blacking out. Trouble with the law, relationships or work due to drinking ...Read more
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