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What Do Alcoholics Look Like
Depressed breathing: Alcohol poisoning is similar to other depressant overdoses, like barbiturates. It is a progression from sleepiness to sleep to coma, eventually with progressively slower and more shallow breathing, resulting in accumulation of fluid in the lungs, low blood oxygen and ultimately stoppage of the heart. It can also cause accumulation of acetone (ketoacidosis) similar to diabetes, in some cases severe. ...Read more
A support group: The rehab your boyfriend is in may have a family program, or recommend a couples counselor for you. Alanon, a 12 step support group for loved ones and friends of people with alcoholism and other drug abuse can also be very helpful in providing advice and support. If you are religiously involved, your pastor may also be a source of help, or have recommendations for you. Good luck to him and you. ...Read more
Will i become an alcoholic if i drink every week? I feel like there's no way out, how do I fix this problem?
Weekly pattern: Binge drinking on a weekly basis can develop into alcoholism. Especially if the person shows the inability to stop, blacks out, etc. Try this. Do not make plans for the weekend. Don't go with anyone or do anything socially. Remove all the liquor from your house (put it in the garage or storage if that helps). Then go about your business for the weekend. See how you manage your time. ...Read more
I like to unwind after work everyday with 2-3 beers during dinner and watching tv., does that mean i'm an alcoholic?
See below : Weekly maximums for alcohol use are 14 drinks for males and 7 for females or males over 65 years old. Anything above this is considered at risk drinking and may indicate a problem. It does not mean you are automatically an alcoholic however unless it creates problems in health, other obligations are missed, there is a desire or attempts to cut down but can't. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Its causes problems: Alcoholic is actually not a medical term, however people in aa call themselves alcoholics because for some reason or another alcohol causes problems in their life, health, relationships, legal trouble. Maybe they were just done having it rule their lives, it kept them stuck, from realizing their dreams, maybe they were robbed of their mind, body and spirit. Unfortunately some never see this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Alcoholism: An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense. Signs of alcoholism are drinking alone, drinking in secret. Not being able to limit alcohol. Blacking out. Trouble with the law, relationships or work due to drinking ...Read more
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