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How long after taking oramorph can you have a alcoholic drink?

Give it time: This is a long-acting medicine. Give it at least two days, longer if you can -- the stuff doesn't clear your system for at least those two days. ...Read more

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How long after taking medicine should I wait to drink alcoholic beverages?

How long after taking medicine should I wait to drink alcoholic beverages?

Depends on medicine: This depends on the medication you're taking. Please ask your own physician, who is better able to answer. With some medications, you should not be drinking alcohol at all. ...Read more

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Can a long-term alcoholic stop drinking without getting physical withdrawl symptoms or dying?

Can a long-term alcoholic stop drinking without getting physical withdrawl symptoms or dying?

Under Dr.'s care: Detoxification needs to be under close medical care. Attempting to detox without adequate medical supervision could be dangerous and possibly deadly. If you know such a person encourage them to work with an addiction medical specialist and to get to some alcoholics anonymous meetings. ...Read more

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How long can a person function as an alcoholic drinking bottle of vodka a day? Years? Very worried

How long can a person function as an alcoholic drinking bottle of vodka a day? Years? Very worried

Alcoholism: Needs to be addressed or the person will destroy his/her body, mind, family, and spirit. If you are the loved one of an alcoholic, please consider going to AlAnon meetings. They will help you keep yourself together no matter what your loved one is doing. It's also a good example. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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When a heavy alcoholic stops drinking, how long can it take for body to rehydrate and repair itself in general and realize the alcohol is gone?

When a heavy alcoholic stops drinking, how long can it take for body to rehydrate and repair itself in general and realize the alcohol is gone?

Impossible to say: Because it depends on how much damage has already been done. It is not a matter of "rehydration, " since most alcoholics are actually overhydrated. Damage to brain, heart liver and some other organs may become permanent if severe enough over time. In addition, the metabolic changes caused by alcohol result in neurotransmitter/receptor imbalance that can take months, even years, to heal. ...Read more

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How long after how long after taking 5mg of diazepam can I have an alcoholic drink?

How long after how long after taking 5mg of diazepam can I have an alcoholic drink?

Better to stop: You can wait a day.
You shouldn't drink when you take I or painkillers. ...Read more

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How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

How long should I wait to take a dose of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) after having an alcoholic drink?

Depends: Count Benadryl (diphenhydramine) as a drink (some say as much as two but I think it depends on the individual) for its effects on your body and mind, then judge for yourself. Drink +driving= potential disaster. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your brain chemistry to return to normal once an alcoholic has stopped drinking?

How long does it take for your brain chemistry to return to normal once an alcoholic has stopped drinking?

Alcoholism: There is quite a bit of debate about this. But, it is at least one year. The post acute withdrawal symptoms that happen after six months are very telling. Clarity continues to be restored during those first twelve months of sobriety. ...Read more

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How long does it take for someone to develop alcoholic neuropathy? I started drinking 3 years ago and feel numbness, tingling next day after drinking.

How long does it take for someone to develop alcoholic neuropathy? I started drinking 3 years ago and feel numbness, tingling next day after drinking.

See details: The time span is very variable. How much do you drink in an average day? Judging from your question, you will have a lot more serious issues from alcohol to worry about in the future than a possible neuropathy. ...Read more

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How long after I get my tongue pierced can I have an alcoholic drink?

How long after I get my tongue pierced can I have an alcoholic drink?

Don't do it: Tongue studs can damage your teeth and may be swallowed. I have seen patients who had this happen to them. The alcohol issue just depends on how long the area takes to heal as it may be sensitive while it's raw. ...Read more

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If you suffer from alcoholic hepatitis and stop drinking will the liver ever fully recover back to normal from this? And if so how long?

If you suffer from alcoholic hepatitis and stop drinking will the liver ever fully recover back to normal from this? And if so how long?

Alcoholic hepatitis: The liver is a very hardy organ. Having alcoholic hepatitis means the alcohol was causing some damage to the liver cells. If you stop drinking alcohol this should recover fully. However repeated drinking over time can lead to more permanent damage to the liver resulting in cirrhosis. This damage is not reversible. It is difficult to determine the extent of damage with blood work for this. ...Read more

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How long after Achilles tendon rupture repair can you start drinking alcoholic beverages again?

How long after Achilles tendon rupture repair can you start drinking alcoholic beverages again?

Bigger question?: What other meds are you taking now that's not on the profile. This can impact whether or not you can take alcohol or not. If you are still on pain meds, muscle relaxants, etc. Then it's not advisable to do so. Check with your surgeon for the best answer, so they can document your request in your chart. We can't advise or treat, but your doctor can. This would be best! ...Read more

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How long after having wisdom teeth pulled do you have to wait before you drinking alcoholic beverages?

How long after having wisdom teeth pulled do you have to wait before you drinking alcoholic beverages?

5-6 days: As long as you are healing normally with no complications you should be able to resume reasonable consumption of alcoholic beverages after 5-6 days with out hurting the healing process. ...Read more

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I use butrans patch for pain and norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10/325 for breakthrough. How long after taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) can I have an alcoholic beverage? I normally don't drink

I use butrans patch for pain and norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) 10/325 for breakthrough. How long after taking norco (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) can I have an alcoholic beverage? I normally don't drink

You should be asking: The doctor who is prescribing all of this. If you are talking one alcoholic beverage (standard drink 12 oz beer, 5 oz ordinary wine, 1 1/2 oz distilled spirits), it would not likely be an issue, although any amount of alcohol may increase the risks of tylenol (acetaminophen) if you are taking larger doses on a regular basis (2 grams per day or more- approx 6 norcos). If larger doses of alcohol, then not ok. ...Read more

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I'm 3 years sober as an alcoholic and my girlfriend likes to drink. How do I avoid going back?

I'm 3 years sober as an alcoholic and my girlfriend likes to drink. How do I avoid going back?

See details: This is an explosive combination. If your gf is that clueless and inconsiderate of you feelings, you need another gf. Imo, she either stops drinking in your presence or you move on. ...Read more

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I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

I drink a lot. Does that make me an alcoholic?

C A G E: If you drink and cannot routinely stop at one, you may have issues with control. If others have confronted you and you typically deny the issue or get angry at the messenger, you may have prototypical defenses. If you admit to feeling guilt about how much you drink and wish to cut down, this could signal a problem. Drinking in the am, blackouts, or legal trouble all are worrisome. 2 of 4 get help. ...Read more

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Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Can I still drink socially only and be an alcoholic?

Possibly: Ask yourself these questions: 1) do you feel the need to cut back on your drinking? 2) are you annoyed when others ask you to stop? 3) do you feel guilty about drinking? 4) do you need an "eye-opener" drink in the morning to get going? More than one 'yes' response to any of these questions raises suspicion of alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

No: Drinking one to drinks per day does not make you an alcoholic. That is unless they are very large drinks. One drink is considered to be either one 4 ounce glass of wine, one-12 ounce beer of one-single ounce/shot of whiskey or hard liquor. More than two of such drinks per day are more problematic. One to two drinks per day has actually been proven to be beneficial. ...Read more

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Which medical tests for an alcoholic who stopped drinking?

Which medical tests for an alcoholic who stopped drinking?

The physician will: Know what to draw. The important thing is to stay sober and make sure you get to that evaluation. Alcoholics anonymous is a great organization to help with sobriety. ...Read more

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With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

With an alcoholic history, why would I feel naucious after drinking?

Nauseous alcoholic: It could be due to alcohol-induced pancreatitis, acid reflux, alcoholic gastritis or alcoholic liver disease. It's best to stop drinking and go see your doctor for evaluation and management. ...Read more

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Are there more alcoholics in countries like france where kids drink?

Are there more alcoholics in countries like france where kids drink?

Good question: The definition of alcoholism differs from country to country and from culture to culture. A doctor's joke:
how does a doctor diagnose alcoholism?
Answer: a patient who drinks more than the doctor. ...Read more

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If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean I'm an alcoholic?

If I always have compulsions to drink, does that mean I'm an alcoholic?

Maybe: One definition of addiction that I like is that an addiction is a brain disease which causes a person to engage in behaviors that he or she knows could lead to dire consequences-the person knows this is true-but still continues to engage in the behavior. One can become addicted to food, sex and substances. It has to do with how much of an impairment it causes in the person's overall functioning. ...Read more

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What will happen to a late stage alcoholic if he stops drinking suddenly?

What will happen to a late stage alcoholic if he stops drinking suddenly?

Seizures, DT's: In very heavy drinkers, especially those who have already done damage to their bodies with alcohol, the sudden cessation of alcohol can result in a severe alcohol withdrawal syndrome, where pulse and blood pressure can reach unsafe levels, plus vomiting, diarrhea and severe anxiety and tremor. Seizures and DTs, which may be lethal, can also occur. Cessation should be done in a medical setting. ...Read more

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Where do you draw the line between someone who likes to drink and an alcoholic?

Where do you draw the line between someone who likes to drink and an alcoholic?

Amount/frequency/etc: Could be a fine line, but people who are addicted to alcohol do not necessarily "like" to drink. Daily use of more than 5-6 beers/glasses of wine/shots I would consider overuse with potential for dependence. Also use of alcohol to escape one's current circumstancesand/or drinking alone is a risky slope whereas intermittent use with friends of a few drinks or possibly even 1-2 daily not necessarily. ...Read more

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How often do a person need to drink before you could consider a person an alcoholic?

How often do a person need to drink before you could consider a person an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: Alcoholism is when you have signs of physical addiction to alcohol and continues to drink, despite problems with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. The amount of alcohol that can increase the risk of developing alcoholism include 15 or more drinks/week for men, 12 or more drinks/week for women, and 5 or more drinks/occasion at least 1x/week for any gender. ...Read more

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What symptoms would you expect in an alcoholic who has been heavily drinking for 35 years?

Highly variable: There are individuals who may drink heavily for decades and yet have few medical complications outside of a physical dependency on alcohol, and withdrawal symptoms when they stop, especially suddenly, including seizures, DTs and death. However, most get some complications - GI bleeding, gastritis, liver damage (cirrhosis), pancreatitis, heart failure, arrhythmias, increase in cancer, infections. ...Read more