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My dad is an alcoholic and gets violent when he drinks. Where can I get help?

My dad is an alcoholic and gets violent when he drinks.  Where can I get help?

ACOA: Adult children of alcoholics (acoa) is a branch of aa and can found locally at www.Adultchildren.Org they serve as a place to talk about your experience with others who have had similar experiences. If you still live at home with your father you may want to get out of the house when he's drinking. Consider therapy for yourself, having an alcoholic parent can be extremely stressful. ...Read more

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Should i stop drinking - my dad and most of his family are alcoholics, could it be passed down to me?

Should i stop drinking - my dad and most of his family are alcoholics, could it be passed down to me?

Worth considering: I had a colleague in an addictions practice who routinely advised anyone with a strong family history of alcoholism not to begin consuming alcohol, and if they did, to strongly consider stopping. Genetics are not the only influence, and many people with + family histories never get into any trouble with alcohol, but they are at greater risk. ...Read more

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My dad was admitted with acute pancreatitis. Alcoholic pancreatitis. He received 2 blood transfusions. He refuses to quit drinking. What will happen?

My dad was admitted with acute pancreatitis. Alcoholic pancreatitis. He received 2 blood transfusions. He refuses to quit drinking. What will happen?

Potentially can die: Your father is unfortunately in a very tenuous situation. If he has received blood transfusions, I would assume his liver has been compromised and is failing, the lining of his esophagus(food pipe) and stomach being irritated and inflamed and is at risk for bleeding/ ulcers. Your father has to stop drinking now or he will endure a host of complications that will lead to his death. Talk to his doc ...Read more

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If I get an Asian flush when I drink, does this mean i'm more likely to become an alcoholic?

If I get an Asian flush when I drink, does this mean i'm more likely to become an alcoholic?

Not likely: An "asian flush" is caused by a deficiency in an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase. This interrupts a specific step in ethanol breakdown that allows acetaldehyde to build up, causing the symptoms you experience. This can be caused by certain drugs such as antebuse and certain antibiotics. Many people find this extremely unpleasant and curtail their drinking as a result. ...Read more

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Can you get alcoholic cardiomyopathy in 1 year by drinking heavy every 1-3 days at age 24-25?

Can you get alcoholic cardiomyopathy in 1 year by drinking heavy every 1-3 days at age 24-25?

Absolutely : Alcohol in large quantities is cardiotoxic and this amount of drinking can lead to cardiomyopathy. The good news is that stopping drinking and taking heart medications can resolve the problem. ...Read more

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What approaches work best to get through to an alcoholic who's on a major drinking binge?

When some one is: Drinking or drunk - they may not listen too well. It is usually easier to talk to someone when they are sober. ...Read more

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How many years of drinking heavily can it take for an alcoholic to get chronic liver failure?

How many years of drinking heavily can it take for an alcoholic to get chronic liver failure?

Depends: Unfortunately, too many variables to answer online--genetics, volume / concentration of alcohol, quality of alcohol, any other drugs/meds, any infections (acute or chronic), etc., can all impact how long a liver can hold out under toxic assault--could be a few to many years. Pro-liver-health supplements can help prolong this also. ...Read more