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Nationality Differences In Alcoholism
Semantics: An illness is a disease. What they mean is that research supports aa's belief that the cause is physiological, like diabetes although there is a psychological component and some learned patterns, an addiction is an illness. If you are addicted you cannot just drink socially now and then. To recover you need to abstain forever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Visibly, it is continuing to drink in ways that are "out of control" despite negative consequences.It is a metabolic disorder where alcohol is not processed normally. Over time tolerance develops, (it takes more to get the desired effect). In later stages there are often withdrawal symptoms when you stop, but not always. Many relapse after abstaining for a while, esp. ...Read more
Abuse vs dependence: Regular drinking of 1-2 drinks might be healthful. More than 4 can cause harm and would be called abuse. Dependence comes with tolerance (needing more to get high), and withdrawal sx (am shakes, anxiety, insomnia, seizures and brain damage). Chronic use can lead to b vitamin deficiency and relative malnutrition as alcohol has empty calories. This can cause sudden and permanent brain damage. ...Read more
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
The drug used: Alcoholism is a layman's term which is commonly given to persons addicted to alcohol. The term drug addition is used for any addiction to a drug which is not alcohol. In medical practice, we usually name the specific drug the person is addicted to in our record. The treatments are all similar, except for the detoxification phase were the specific drug makes a significant difference. ...Read more
Look At The Symptoms: End stage alcoholism is marked by a total loss of control in all aspects of the alcoholic's life including relationships, employment, physical and mental health. The individual cannot stop drinking as attempts to stop cause severe withdrawal symptoms such as hallucinations delirium tremens, or seizures. Multi-organ failure is common and mortality rates are very high. Treatment must be sought. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
It helps: An "intervention" is often the first step in treating alcoholism or addiction. The most important aspect, however, is the persons own desire to do something about their "disease". An intervention typically involves a period of in-patient rehabilitation, followed by support groups(such as aa), sometimes therapy and there a host of medicines that may aid in helping one to stop drinking. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes : As i understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Test yourself: There are several tests that may indicate whether you have a problem. The most common screening we use in medicine is the cage questions... ?have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? ?have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? ?have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? ?have you ever taken a drink first thing in the morning (eye-opener). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Nothing Good: Alcoholism damages the body, destroys the liver, weaknes the heart and cause dementia. These are the three major organs to sustain life. It also destroys relationships and work productivity. So I am sorry but i cannot find anything good in this. If you are using alcohol as a sedative or pain reliever there are better alternatives. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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