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What Factors Can Cause Someone To Become An Alcoholic
A combination: of nature (genetics) and nurture (life experiences, personality issues). It is thought that perhaps 50% of the burden is genetic, making people more susceptible to the effects of alcohol in various ways. The remainder is early life trauma, development of certain psychiatric illness like anxiety disorders, PTSD, depression and bipolar disorder, social and economic pressures and other experiences. ...Read more
Alcoholism is a: progressive condition that starts out as novel drinking, then habitual drinking, then compulsive drinking. It can be chronic or binge in nature and can take weeks or years to develop this pattern. Some say its a bad habit (Rational Recovery) while others say its a disease (Alcoholics Anonymous). Go to a psychologist or perhaps an AA meeting for more information. ...Read more
It is not: You'll need to find the real cause. If two weeks off medications and alcohol has not returned your sgot/sgpt to a healthy range, you'll get a workup for hepatitis b & c, hemochromatosis, wilson's, autoimmune hepatitis & maybe more. You may simply need more aerobic exercise ("fatty liver / metabolic syndrome.") best wishes. ...Read more
Acute or chronic?: Acute alcoholic hepatitis will cause a rise in your liver enzymes and the damage will be transient but continued alcohol consumption may lead to chronic hepatitis with cirhossis and other sequelae including hepatic encephalopathy. If you know alcohol is a problem for you or a loved one, you should get help before it becomes irreversible. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My cousin is a severe alcoholic & at times he goes out of his head & doesn't know who we r or where he is what causes this?
Alcohol: Intoxication or withdrawal can cause this sort of behavior especially in patients with alcohol use disorders. Either way, it’s a serious disease and he needs treatment; it’s an illness that requires urgent care. However, like anyone with an illness, seeking treatment is ultimately up to the patient. If he's willing to seek treatment, please have him do so ASAP; it can can be life threatening. ...Read more
Addiction is: transmitted from one to another genetically however environment also plays a significant role in its expression. ...Read more
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