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How can you tell if someone is a binge drinker?

How can you tell if someone is a binge drinker?

If they...: ...Have trouble stopping once they start drinking, that's a pretty good clue. Doing something while drunk that you either regret or forgot is also indicative. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Tosca
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Binge Drinking (Definition)

Binge drinking is a pattern of drinking many alcoholic beverages in a short time. A binge may be 5+ drinks for men and 4+ drinks for ...Read more


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What classifies someone as a binge drinker?

What classifies someone as a binge drinker?

Binge drinker: "according to the national institute on alcohol abuse & alcoholism binge drinking is defined as a pattern of alcohol consumption that brings the blood alcohol concentration (bac) level to 0.08% or more. This pattern of drinking usually corresponds to 5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on a single occasion for women, generally within about 2 hours." http://www.Cdc.Gov. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of becoming an alcoholic/binge drinker?

What are the symptoms of becoming an alcoholic/binge drinker?

See below: Many symptoms, binge drinking is defined as 3 or more drinks at one sitting for female or 5 or more for males. Uncontrolled use of alcohol, i.e. Only intended 2 drinks with friend after work, had 6 got home late and family is upset. And continued use despite negative consequence.I.E. Tell wife that wont happen again and it does repeatedly. Easy to come up with other scenarios. ...Read more

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I believe my son is a binge drinker, what is the best approach i can take and what intervention will be requires. He doesn't current live at home, ma?

I believe my son is a binge drinker, what is the best approach i can take and what intervention will be requires.  He doesn't current live at home, ma?

Consider Al-Anon and: Have you talked to your son about this? Express your concerns, but, unfortunately, it would be common for him to deny he has a problem. Alcohol abuse has both a genetic/physiological as well as psychological basis so perhaps gift him with a quality multivitamin high in B complex with the L-5MTHF form of folate. Check out an Al-Anon meeting for more advice/support: http://www.al-anon.alateen.org ...Read more

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I am a binge drinker for 2 years. Alcohol doesn't affect me anymore, 11 units would get me drunk before but now i'd take 3-4 times more and still me ok?

I am a binge drinker for 2 years. Alcohol doesn't affect me anymore, 11 units would get me drunk before but now i'd take 3-4 times more and still me ok?

Seek help: This sounds like you are developing a serious drinking problem at an early age, with the development of tolerance to smaller amounts of alcohol, and self-described binge drinking. You are recognizing that you have a problem, and you should seek counseling or treatment for alcohol dependency. ...Read more

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My husband is a weekend binge drinker why do his feet & ankles swell afterwards ? Should i be concerned?

My husband is a weekend binge drinker why do his feet & ankles swell afterwards ? Should i be concerned?

Yes: First concern is what it does to the liver. The swelling is because alcohol is a vasodialator which opens the blood vessels and gravity pulls it down thus swelling. Cut back the alcohol. ...Read more

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My husband is a weekend binge drinker and has done this for years.. His feet & ankles swell afterwards should I be concerned and why?

Yes: Worst case scenario, he may be developing cirrhosis of the liver which is then causing the swelling in his feet and ankles. Assuming that is the case, he needs to see a physician for evaluation. ...Read more

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Binge drinker 9+yrs,6 mos on most recent. Weaned off, having physical withdrawals,work nights &can't attend AA. Is there a# I can call during the day?

Binge drinker 9+yrs,6 mos on most recent. Weaned off, having physical withdrawals,work nights &can't attend AA. Is there a# I can call during the day?

Day meetings and...: Most communities have AA meetings during the day as well as nite. Even if you just go on the nites you have off, get a sponsor who you can call during the day. A healthy diet, good multivitamin & niacinamide 500 mg 3x/day can help. Avoid sugar, caffeine & tobacco. Exercise & try meditating to reduce stress. See http://www.naturalnews.com/039432_alcohol_addiction_remedies.html for more ideas. ...Read more

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I have been on anti-depressants for 15yrs.N all diff.Ones too, but was also a binge drinker.Can alcohol interfer w/antidepressants meaning that they wont work to there full potential?

I have been on anti-depressants for 15yrs.N all diff.Ones too, but was also a binge drinker.Can alcohol interfer w/antidepressants meaning that they wont work to there full potential?

Binge drinking: If you continue binge drinking, there's a continued toll on your body, mind, and emotions. Antidepressants may help you tread water, but adding alcohol into the mix throws everything off. I hope you're involved in aa, have a sponsor, and are working your steps. Recovery is always possible for those who want it. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Binge drinker,.5 gal vodka/2 days.Withdrawals anx,tremors, anger etc.How can I stop without hurting myself? Tired of being an addict

Binge drinker,.5 gal vodka/2 days.Withdrawals anx,tremors, anger etc.How can I stop without hurting myself? Tired of being an addict

Alcohol Withdrawal: Your life is precious Go to emergency room for treatment of Alcohol withdrawal. Followed by Inpatient psychiatric treatment for diagnosis and treatment of Bipolar Disorder/ Major Depression, Alcohol and Drug Dependence, and Peptic ulcer Followed by Rehab program for Alcohol and Drug Dependence or Residential Dual diagnosis Program with Seeing a Psychiatrist for treatment-Therapy, Medication, ...Read more

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