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Living With An Alcoholic Wife
No, not healthy: Drinking this heavily means your wife has developed tolerance to alcohol, which can induce liver enzymes and eventually lead to cirrhosis. She's also at risk for anemia, various cancers, heart disease including cardiomyopathy, infections, depression, hypertension, gout, seizures, pancreatitis, dementia, and neuropathy -- to name a few. If you're drinking like this also, the same applies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My wife is an alcoholic has been vomiting and haset eaten in 5 days . She won't go to the ER or dr. Is she dying?
After alcoholic fatty liver reverses, is drinking actually dangerous? I don't see myself never having beers with the guys or wine with my wife.
Potentially yes: Drinking leads to fatty liver, which is reversible once you stop drinking, if there is no scarring already. For you to know if there is scarring in the liver you would need a liver biopsy. Alcoholic fatty liver can then turn into cirrhosis, which is non-reversible. You can probably get away with a drink every now and then, but nothing on a daily / regular basis. ...Read more
My wife is an alcoholic, but is now in a treatment program for 7 weeks. She is experiencing pain and soreness in all of her joints and fingers, help?
Ask 4 help@treatment: If she is in a treatment program, there should be a doctor there or one they can refer you to to evaluate her pain. The most likely thing would be a cause unrelated to her alcoholism, and perhaps the drinking was masking the pain. Really this can only be evaluated by a thorough exam and possibly lab tests. ...Read more
in recent ultra sound of my wife 52 shows hepatomegely and moderate fatty liver infilteration, non alcoholic steato hepatitis,
NASH / NAFLD: Complicated. Need a very low fat diet and monitoring of blood to make sure there is no diabetes or high choleseterol that needs treatment. Depending upon lft elevation may need biopsy and routine monitoring of lft. Certainly need review of meds / alcohol use and immunization against viral hepatitis. ...Read more
It depends: This region of the world contains dozens of ethnic groups some of which have a lower incidence of alcoholism because of religious prohibitions. The best way to assess your own risk is to look at your immediate family history. If you are from a long line of alcholics, you are definitely at greater risk. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Great question : There are many stages of alcohol use. When someone is an alcoholic, they drink despite serious side effects and may go into withdrawal if they don't have it. As a screening, I use cage questions: have you felt the need to cut down, annoyed by comments on your drinking, guilt over drinking and do you have a drink when you wake as an eye opener. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Good question: Can you be fired for having a disease. They answer would be no, you can't, that discrimination. Can you be fired for your behavior, absolutely. Alcoholism is a disease, yet many alcoholics have done horrific things, they have killed people while driving drunk, there are consequences for this. Having alcoholism explains a lot of bad behavior, however it does not excuse it. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes, absolutely: Why else would people be hanging out in those rooms for over 70 years, it works without a doubt. It takes a lot of work though, 1-2 meeting is not a cure. People who listen to others go to lots of meeting, 90 in 90 days, do the steps and get a sponsor have amazing results. Its not the only answer and others find excellent recovery in other ways this is true, but it does work. Its also free! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See below: I see lots of questions with people asking if there race or ethnicity increases there alcohol or drug addiction risk. Best answer is to variable to say. Family history is a much better predictor of addiction risk, parents, siblings, grandparents aunts and uncles. And your own health history, history of mental illness, trauma, etc. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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