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I Want To Quit Drinking Alcohol On My Own
Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more
With dedication: First, you realize you have a problem, then with dedication and a lot of support from friends and family, you start the journey of quitting. Therapy may help, aa meeting are very beneficial, in severe cases, some medications can help with a doctors supervision. ...Read more
No: Not really, not that i know of. The thing about medications which are fda approved means that the fda has proven that a medication is both safe and effective for a particular condition. There are now three fda approved medications for alcohol dependence. They are campral, Revia (naltrexone) and antabuse. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible, but...: Usually it is the other way around. Alcohol can kill your interest in sex (or at least your performance), & often stopping drinking --> regaining interest in lots of things including sex. Perhaps the emotions that are coming up, if numbed by alcohol, are now interfering with your sex drive. If you are in a program, ask about this. If not, seek a therapist who specializes in early recovery. ...Read more
Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?
Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at all. Dry skin is the most common cause for itching without a rash, consider applying a moisturizer <3 mins after bathing to see if this helps. Make sure that no new medication or supplement was introduced shortly before the onset of itching. ...Read more
Hi I have quit drinking alcohol use to drink up to 60 units weekly. Taken up coffee two cups daily. Will this have a good affect on my liver ?
Probably.: Research has shown that 1-2 cups of coffee per day can be useful in various types of liver inflammation. I feel that you are doing your liver more of a service by having stopped abusing alcohol, however. If you have continued concerns for your liver, your primary care doctor can do blood tests that will give a good idea whether you are having any liver problems at this time. Good luck. ...Read more
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