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How Long After Quitting Can I Drink Again Without Risk Of Addiction
I am 160lbs, 5'8" male. How much coffee would be acceptable to drink without worrying about creating a dependance or addiction?
Caffeine addiction: One can become physiologically habituated to caffeine by drinking only 1-2 cups of coffee per day. You would notice this if you used coffee daily for awhile, and then stopped suddenly. Caffeine withdrawal leads to headache, muscle aches and pains, fatigue, foggy-headed thinking, etc. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
Don't drink a lot: Caffeine dependency is rare in people who restrict themselves to 1-2 cups of coffee per day. If you drink much more than that, there is a dependency, which is mostly marked by significant headaches and irritability. If you drink that amount, there is no way to avoid getting a dependency, although people vary in their predisposition to this. I have had patients who drank a lot more, and could quit ...Read more
How much can I drink alcohol without harming myself if it's once a week ? How much quantity ? Vodka, whisky? And is one time per week an addiction ?
QUANTITY: Base behavior on what is wise. The different sensations when people drink = alterations of nerve function. The more you're buzzed the more you've put nerve tissue out of order. A little is okay, maybe relaxing; a lot and you pay for it after because alc is a toxin. Quantity varies with your liver function. If family members are alcoholic think genetics and dont even start. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is binge drinking considered a compulsive or impulsive trait? I don't have an addiction as I can go without but often overindulge when I do drink.
Semantics: "Impulsive" and "Compulsive" are terms about which even experts cannot agree. Most definitions of "impulsive" entail a failure to inhibit behavior when advantageous to do so. So yours sounds more of an impulse control issue. "Addiction" is also ambiguously defined. But, I would define repeated overindulgence as a "decidedly problematic" relationship with alcohol and urge you to seek counsel. ...Read more
Dear sir or miss, my father has alcohol addiction and is very sick. He has blood presure and sometimes vomits after drinking. How can he stop drinking?
ALANON: Hello. It is so painful to watch someone be destructive with their help. There is not an easy or quick answer to your question. Depending on your age i recommend you begin attending alateen or alanon meetings. Over time you will learn ways to cope and figure out which interventions may be of help and which are harmful. Take care. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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