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Doctor insights on: Stages Of Personality Change In The Alcohol Dependent Person

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If a person is alcohol dependent and slowly and carefully cuts down drinking is it possible they wont get withdrawal symptoms at all?

If a person is alcohol dependent and slowly and carefully cuts down drinking is it possible they wont get withdrawal symptoms at all?

Yes: Yes, IF able to reduce gradually (maybe a half drink every 2-3 days) you will not have withdrawal. It's easier if you eat a healthy diet (rich in organic veggies and fruits, low in sugars/starches), take a quality multivitamin and the L-5-MTHF form of folate (folic acid). Kudzu root proven to reduce cravings for alcohol. Exercise, stress reduction, counseling & EFT can help. See http://tinyurl.com/jhhmexs ...Read more

Dr. Justin ORourke
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Personality Changes (Definition)

Personality change is a symptom in which a person's personality (the sum of his traits, emotions, behaviors, and thought patterns) has altered. Temporary changes can be due to fatigue, hormonal changes, drug abuse, medication side effects, etc ...Read more


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Could getting drunk 1-2 times a week for around a year make you alcohol dependent?

Could getting drunk 1-2 times a week for around a year make you alcohol dependent?

Yes,: And you are by now dependent and alcoholic! go for help as i doubt u can sober up by yourself. You are only 17 do not go down that path that will destroy ur life. The choice is yours... ...Read more

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Drink 15-25 units a week, went 7 days without drink and had a bit of urge to drink, ended up drinking at day 7, am I alcohol dependent?

Drink 15-25 units a week, went 7 days without drink and had a bit of urge to drink, ended up drinking at day 7, am I alcohol dependent?

Binge drinking: Regularly drinking more than the lower risk guidelines is one of the criteria for binge drinking. 3-4 Units (= to 1.5 Pints of 4% Beer) is considered lower risk guidelines. >8 Units is typically seen with binge drinking. Typically alcohol dependent persons need to drink every day even 1st thing in the AM. Drinkline is a national alcohol helpline. # 800 917 8282. It's free & confidential. ...Read more

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My dad is chain smoker and alcohol dependent. His tummy is getting bigger. What is this sign indicates doctor?

My dad  is chain smoker and alcohol dependent. His tummy is getting bigger. What is this sign  indicates doctor?

Impossible to day: The biggest reason (no pun intended) for an enlarging tummy is fat accumulation (pannus), but in a drinker, liver enlargement and abdominal fluid accumulation (ascites) may occur. If your dad is unwilling to get help, the rest of the family may get their own help through a family therapist and alanon meetings. Sometimes, family interventions can help motivate people to address their addictions. ...Read more

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Mildly alcohol dependent, starting Rehab next week, if i dont drink at night i cant sleep at all. what medication is effective for this?

Mildly alcohol dependent, starting Rehab next week, if i dont drink at night i cant sleep at all. what medication is effective for this?

The safest would be : Melatonin. Because you are entering rehab, you really need to call your doctor for approval & dose. Congratulations on entering a recovery program for your alcoholism. It's a good place to learn healthy coping strategies if you're now willing to address issues & feelings you've been trying to avoid. Your gastroesophageal reflux symptoms will likely diminish a great deal when you stop drinking. ...Read more

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Im alcohol dependent, i have problems falling asleep unless i go to bed very drunk, what can help me go to sleep? Anything other than medication?

Im alcohol dependent, i have problems falling asleep unless i go to bed very drunk, what can help me go to sleep? Anything other than medication?

Stop using alcohol: Although alcohol is frequently misused to help one fall asleep, over time it disrupts sleep architecture. This results in needing more alcohol in order to be able to achieve somnolence. At some point excess alcohol will be ineffective with sleep. It also has long term adverse effects on multiple organs. Recommend referral for detox and substance abuse treatment. Please get help. All the best. ...Read more

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When a person never has a hangover & has to keep alcohol in them at all times to function how severe is their alcoholism?

When a person never has a hangover & has to keep alcohol in them at all times to function how severe is their alcoholism?

Very Severe: If you can't function with out alcohol in your system all the time you are an alcoholic. How can it be any worse unless you are totally wasted 24 hours a day. Time to get help right now. This affects everyone around you wether you think so or not. I know I have family with similar concerns, you will never regret it! ...Read more

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How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

How can you determine when an alcohol problem transitions to alcoholism?

Addiction: Alcohol can be robustly abused by someone but as long as the person is not addicted to it, and doesn't miss it after putting it down, the diagnosis is alcohol abuse. If, however, the person feels either physically or psychologically addicted/dependent on it and either cannot go a day without it, or binge drinks uncontrollably the diagnosis is alcohol dependence. ...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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Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

Could alcoholism or alcohol abuse cause hiv?

No it cannot cause: Hiv. However, it might lead to unprotected sex, which could lead to hiv, since people's judgement is impaired and they are less inhibited under the influence of alcohol. ...Read more

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