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Doctor insights on: How Long After Quitting Can I Drink Again Without Risk Of Addiction

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Will letting my kid drink under our supervision be a good way to fend off addiction?

Will letting my kid drink under our supervision be a good way to fend off addiction?

I'm biased: I see the alcoholics in treatment whom this may have been there first exposure to alcohol. Questions to ask, do any adult family members have a drinking problems. Ie family history of addiction. Clearly different families and cultures have differing ideas and motifs regarding this kind of behavior. I just asked my wife she said not a good idea, i agree not for our kids, i'll just talk with them. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What are some factors that influence your likelihood of developing a drinking addiction?

What are some factors that influence your likelihood of developing a drinking addiction?

How much: The addiction is based on how much one drinks. A Problem with drinking depends on other factors, such as causing you trouble, needing more of it to get drunk, and drinking when it is not in your best interests. Another factor is if your drinking causes others to worry about your safety or well being. Talk to your doctor about this. Some genes are involved, but the addictiveness is about how much ...Read more

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If i don't drink it i feel tired and unmotivated. Could all this be an addiction to caffeine?

If i don't drink it i feel tired and unmotivated. Could all this be an addiction to caffeine?

Possibly.: Caffeine can be addictive. Getting free of the addiction is easier if you replace it with something healthy that increases heart rate and circulation and causes endorphins to be secreted (they make you feel good). My recommendation is to do aerobic exercise (with your physician's approval only) which will accomplish all of the above. It will also make you much healthier than caffiene! ...Read more

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What can I do stop my addiction of drinking to much coke ?

What can I do stop my addiction of drinking to much coke ?

Stop drinking coke: I know it is not that simple. Any addictive behavior is hard to change. Yes if you are asking this question you are addicted to coke. It is not just alcohol, cigarettes, and illegal drugs that become addictive. Addictive behavior is in part just a habit that becomes very compelling to do over and over and becomes very difficult to resist. Let friends and family know you want to stop. ...Read more

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Can you answer, is an addiction of drinking nyquil night medicine an issue?

Can you answer, is an addiction of drinking nyquil night medicine an issue?

Yes it is an addicti: As you say it is an addivtion and addiction is an issue needs to be resolved.If you can not do it yourself seek help from your healthcare pviders. ...Read more

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My uncle is trying to quite drinking but, he has an addiction to alcohol. What should he do?

My uncle is trying to quite drinking but, he has an addiction to alcohol. What should he do?

Needs medical help: To quit drinking alcohol because withdrawal can be deadly without it. He will need to consult with a physician experienced with addiction. Once he is safely detoxed, he can attend aa meetings, enroll in an outpatient addiction program, or admit himself to residential treatment to learn about his disease and ways to manage it. Therapy can also help. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have a decent enough eating habit except I do drink a lot of tea with suger in it (an addiction really). Will this be a problem?

Probably.: If you are drinking any sugared beverage throughout the day you are at great risk of tooth decay and diabetes. Try to enjoy the flavor of the tea itself. Warning, substituting lemon for the sugar will also risk cavities if bathing the teeth in it all day! ...Read more

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How much drinking leads to a physical addiction to alcohol?

How much drinking leads to a physical addiction to alcohol?

Alcohol: That depends on your tolerance, any withdrawal symptoms or changes in daily functioning or amounts consumed daily. ...Read more

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Is binge drinking the same as addiction?

No: Binge drinking is when you drink in 2 hours: 5 or more drinks for men, 4+ for women. Most who binge are not addicted to alcohol. Binge has its own set of dangers that are different than what we would worry for a chronic alcoholic patient. Binge drinking can contribute to sexual assault, accidents, lung injury or death by aspiration of vomit, or coma (alcohol poisoning). ...Read more

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