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Quit drinking alcohol ?

Quit drinking alcohol
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Absolutely!: What's your question? Do you have an alcohol problem? Are you addicted? Do you just want to stop? Please see your doctor for help and guidance for alcohol abuse. Check out aa, as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

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


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Is there a way to quit drinking alcohol?

Is there a way to quit drinking alcohol?

Alcohol: Detoxification & rehabilitation. Attend a program & stay active in aa. ...Read more

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How can I quit drinking alcohol after 7 months of drinking?

If you can't: If you want to stop alcohol, but you can't, it's called alcoholism. Seek help from your doctor, a drug/alcohol counselor and aa. ...Read more

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How to quit drinking alcohol ?

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

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Why should you quit drinking alcohol when you have pancreatitis ?

Pancreatitis: Since alcohol is the likely cause of pancreatitis it only makes sense to not drink it when you have pancreatitis. And for that matter in my opinion once you have pancreatitis you should never drink alcohol again as even a small drink can cause it again. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter medication to help quit drinking alcohol?

Is there an over-the-counter medication to help quit drinking alcohol?

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 more

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It could be possible that a person lose their sex drive after they quit drinking alcohol?

It could be possible that a person lose their sex drive after they quit drinking alcohol?

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

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Hello Doctor!For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver,i still experience pains in my right chest.I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding.The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Hello Doctor!For the past 13 months that I was diagnosed of fatty liver,i still experience pains in my right chest.I hv quit drinking alcohol at same time and also exercising plus healthy feeding.The last time I carried out a Liver function was test was l

Congratulations!: Stay sober, it will make a big difference - feel proud! Also, continue to have appropriate checkups and ask about the results, advice, expectations, etc. Depending on the level of prior damage, you may always need to be careful or you may be nearly fine. Find out. I hope you can enjoy a good life! ...Read more

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Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

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

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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 ?

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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How accurate are liver function tests? I have quit drinking alcohol all tests are normal but I have liver pain. Ultrasound clear too. Thanks

How accurate are liver function tests? I have quit drinking alcohol all tests are normal but I have liver pain. Ultrasound clear too. Thanks

Liver Pain?: Did someone tell you your pain is due to the liver? Did you have a CT scan? Is the gallbladder normal on ultrasound? It could be a couple other things such as stomach ulcer which sometimes feels like right upper abdominal pain, or gas pain from the colon in that region. You can message me directly if you would like to get a better answer. ...Read more

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I see my heart beat more then just feel it. I quit drinking alcohol completely about two months ago and have had very bad anxiety almost constantly as?

I see my heart beat more then just feel it. I quit drinking alcohol completely about two months ago and have had very bad anxiety almost constantly as?

Not too surprising: This phenomenon of being able to see your chest rise & fall with your heart's beating is not uncommon. It can be particularly noticeable with you are lying on your back. Withdrawal from alcohol can result in physical symptoms such as more rapid & forceful heart beats. By now, it should be improving. See your doctor for help with your anxiety. Resist temptation to return to alcohol to help it! ...Read more

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Urination & bowel problems...Extreme..Can't sleep...Cramps on left side just quit drinking alcohol 6 days ago

Urination & bowel problems...Extreme..Can't sleep...Cramps on left side just quit drinking alcohol 6 days ago

Go see your DR: And have a comprehensive evaluation to include blood work, urinalysis, ekg, colonoscopy if you haven't had one. Your symptoms could mean a lot of things. ...Read more

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60% VA disabled for my back. I take hydrocodone 10-325 4x for pain daily. I quit drinking alcohol 3 years ago. I have moderate heptic steatosis, Liver 16.3 midclavicular line. Is this too much acetaminophen daily or ask for just Oxycodone,Age64?

Should be ok: Best thing for hepatic steatosis is weight loss and a low-fat diet. Congrats on quitting alcohol - that is a great step as well. You can ask your doctor about giving you a formulation of pain med with less acetaminophen if you're worried but as long as you do not go over 3 grams of acetaminophen from all sources, you should be ok. This is assuming you have normal liver enzymes and no cirrhosis. ...Read more

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I'm wondering why should I avoid drinking alcohol with strep if alcohol kills bacteria?

It kills many things: Including damaging the cells in our body that fight infection - the 2 kinds of white blood cells that eat up bacteria and viruses (granulocytes) and the kind that make antibodies (lymphocytes). Alcoholics get more infections than most people, often with very dangerous and difficult-to-treat germs. Alcohol in your bloodstream does not kill bacteria, it kills your ability to combat them. ...Read more

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How long do I avoid drinking alcohol after being treated for gonorrhea and chlymidia?

How long do I avoid drinking alcohol after being treated for gonorrhea and chlymidia?

Doesn't matter: Social drinking does nor effect the drugs used for treatment of either problem. Overdoing it might lead to new exposures and different STD's. ...Read more