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Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Is there an over-the-counter treatment for alcohol dependence?

Treatment: You will be disappointed going to the drug store. You could buy some vitamins and try to stop. Most alcohol dependent people need a structured program, such as aa, or an inpatient treatment program were you can be treated with detox meds. Not all alcoholics need detox meds, all need support, education, vitamins, and do better with a structured program. ...Read more

Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

How are alcoholism and alcohol dependence different?

They are one in the: Same. When you become dependent on alcohol, i.e., addicted to alcohol, you suffer from alcoholism. ...Read more

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What's the difference between alcoholism and alcohol dependence?

What's the difference between alcoholism and alcohol dependence?

They're the same: I have heard it said that only the person with alcohol dependency can call themselves an alcoholic. They both mean the same thing and involve a loss of control of alcohol in a person's life associated with impaired functioning. There are effective treatments available. ...Read more

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Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Can alcohol dependence be a symptom of depression? Need expert opinions!

Possibly: Many people self medicate in a variety of ways. Over drinking and alcoholism is one of the ways. Please remember this is only one possible scenario. To get a definitive diagnosis go to a therapist trained in treating alcoholism. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

Old Terms: In the DSM 5, all substance disorders are characterized as Use Disorders and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of criteria that are met. Dependence and abuse are not used. ...Read more

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How can I medically help me with my alcohol dependence?

Thiamine: Alcohol causes thiamine deficiency (so does sugar). Get rid of sugar in all its different forms and take some large doses of thiamine like 100 mg 3 times a day and a supplement of magnesium + a multivitamin. You can get them at the healh food store. ...Read more

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Is there anything you can take to end alcohol dependence?

Is there anything you can take to end alcohol dependence?

No: But, there are excellent treatments. I often prescribe a medication called Antabuse (disulfiram) for my patients with drinking problems. It works by making the person very sick if they drink while it's in their system. There are two other medications indicated for alcohol dependence-naltrexone and campral. Sadly, there is no cure. It's one day at a time. ...Read more

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Developing alcohol dependence on a glass a day. Should I stop?

Developing alcohol dependence on a glass a day. Should I stop?

Not really: A person cannot become dependent on a glass per day. Unless of course it is a very large glass. How much are we talking? One to two "beverage alcohol equivalents" per day are not usually harmful nor dependence producing. One beverage alcohol equivalent is one 4 ounce glass of wine, one 12 ounce beer or one ounce of whiskey or liquor. ...Read more

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What to do about alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms?

What to do about alcohol dependence and withdrawal symptoms?

See doctor: If you are asking how to treat and deal with your alcohol problem, make an appointment with a psychiatrist who has experience with addictions. He or she will work with you to diagnose specifically what is your illness, and prescribe a treatment regimen to help with withdrawal and follow up long term sobriety. Treatments are safe and effective. Be serious and persevere, and it will be worth it. ...Read more

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How can I tell if i'm experiencing alcohol dependence / addiction?

How can I tell if i'm experiencing alcohol dependence / addiction?

Check symptoms: These terms are used interchangeably alcohol dependence occurs when you have to take higher doses to get the same effect and you develop withdrawal symptoms when you quit "cold turkey" addiction is the case when you have major areas in your life negatively being impacted and you are still not able to stop. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more