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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
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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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
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
Addiction is: transmitted from one to another genetically however environment also plays a significant role in its expression. ...Read more
Why does a single alcoholic drink sometimes cause a bigger hangover than two or even three drinks at other times?
Hang over: Maybe the type of beverage, maybe you are not hydrated or haven't eaten. Maybe you have low alcohol tolerance. Hydrating with water before, during, and after gathering is always beneficial. Munchings also is good to prevent hang over. Alcohol + munchings= beer belly. ...Read more
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