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How Can I Not Give In To Alcohol Cravings
If you have an : Alcohol problem - encourage you to become involved in alcoholics anonymous. Call your sponsor if you have cravings. Read from the big book. Call someone on your support phone tree. An addiction medicine specialist may prescribe medications to decrease symptoms. Auricular acupuncture reduces alcohol cravings. If you have a behavioral health provider let them know about your struggle. ...Read more
Kill germs but...: This is a longstanding practice that is meant to kill bacteria on the skin to reduce the chance of infection. However, many research studies suggest this is not necessary but it is still routinely done, as old habits die hard and patients are so accustomed to this that they think a nurse is irresponsible if he or she does not do this. See http://www.inmo.ie/MagazineArticle/PrintArticle/6696 ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcohol : Alcohol can cause vast number of health issues enumerating few - hepatitis, cirrhosis of liver, liver cancer, cancer of oral cavity , cancer of food pipe, gastric reflux, pancreatitis, cardiomyopathy, heart failure, hypertension . http://patient.info/doctor/alcohol-related-problems ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many strategies: In addition to dr. Blixt's fine suggestions, avoiding sugar & taking high doses of vitamins b1, b3 and b6 can be very helpful. Those who crave alcohol usually have hereditary metabolic imbalances & often are also addicted to sugar, caffeine & tobacco. They are often depressed. It is important to address these issues as well. The vitamin cure for alcoholism by abram hoffer md is a great resource. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes, but . . .: There are medications that can help with alcohol craving, but it's most important to have a frank discussion with your doctor about treatments for this. Try to be open-minded about options and avoid anchoring on the idea of using one drug to stop another. "Behavioral therapies", such as Alcoholics Anonymous, are cheap, readily available, and show long-term effectiveness. Discuss with doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Naltrexone helps with cravings and comes in pill or an injection that lasts 30 days. Other meds that have also shown some promise are topamax, (topiramate) baclofen, neurontin, odansetron, bases on genetics, some people respond to certain meds better than others. All can help if motivated and getting other support. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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