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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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What factors can cause someone to become an alcoholic?

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

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. David Satloff
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What could cause someone to shake or have a tremor shortly after consuming an alcoholic beverage?

What could cause someone to shake or have a tremor shortly after consuming an alcoholic beverage?

See a neurologist: Tremors are not normal and are not related to drinking alcohol unless chronic alcholism. The most common reason for tremors is stage 2 Lyme Disease, esp in a 30 yo. ...Read more

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Dr. William Forsythe
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Dr. Steven Griggs
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What causes a person to get alcoholic?

What causes a person to get alcoholic?

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

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Im not an alcoholic but i smoke could this be the cause of my high sgpt 172?

Im not an alcoholic but i smoke could this be the cause of my high sgpt 172?

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

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Dr. Jalal Zuberi
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What trauma could cause symptoms of acoa (adult child of an alcoholic)?

What trauma could cause symptoms of acoa (adult child of an alcoholic)?

Alcoholism: The trauma is mainly psychological in growing up in a family where one or both parents has alcohol addiction. Such children develop coping mechanism included in the 12 steps and traditions in the association's chartered ...Read more

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Dr. Deborah Josefson
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How long does it take to recover from alcoholic hepatitis? Can this disease cause HE?

How long does it take to recover from alcoholic hepatitis? Can this disease cause HE?

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 more

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Dr. Budi Bahureksa
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What causes diabetic alcoholic blackouts?

What causes diabetic alcoholic blackouts?

Both: Your diabetes or alcoholism alone can cause you to black outs -- but the two combined is a sure trouble. Please talk with your family doctor and get the right help now! ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Grindstaff
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What are the root causes of becoming an alcoholic? Is it genetic?

What are the root causes of becoming an alcoholic? Is it genetic?

Addiction is: transmitted from one to another genetically however environment also plays a significant role in its expression. ...Read more

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Dr. Frances Dyro
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What's the cause for polyneuropathy when you are not diabetic or alcoholic? At age 78 female

What's the cause for polyneuropathy when you are not diabetic or alcoholic?  At age  78 female

Neuropathy: Can have many causes although diabetes and alcohol abuse are very common causes. Other frequent causes of neuropathy include chronic kidney disease and vitamin deficiencies. There are a number of inherited neuropathies the most common being charcot-marie-tooth neuropathies. Recently a very rare late onset genetically caused neuropathy has been described but it is very rare. ...Read more

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