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What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol abuse?

What kind of doctor sees somebody for alcohol abuse?

Multiple: For treatment, psychiatrists and addiction specialists are important, while the pcp can also be a great asset. However, alcoholics have many medical problems including trauma, liver, GI and pancreas probs, neuro probs, hematologic dz. These need imaging, procedures and treatment from physicians from er to neurosurg to radiology...And frequently anesthesia. Medical costs of alcoholism very high. ...Read more

Alcohol Abuse (Definition)

Alcohol abuse is reoccuring use of alcoholic beverages despite their negative consequences. It results in harm to one's health, interpersonal relationships, or ability to work. Often people who abuse alcohol fail to fulfill their responsibilities and can drink in dangerous situations such as when driving, which gets them into legal difficulties. Alcohol abuse can ...Read more


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Do doctors see a lot of patients with alcohol abuse?

Do doctors see a lot of patients with alcohol abuse?

Yes: Alcohol and other substance abuse is very common, oftentimes a patient will see their doctor about a minor problem and they may be there, whether they realize it or not, to get help with substance abuse. Denial is a major symptom, and the diagnosis of alcoholism requires an thorough history and the development of trust from your patient. Once that occurs, healing can begin. ...Read more

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How can doctors help homeless people who have alcohol abuse problems?

How can doctors help homeless people who have alcohol abuse problems?

Ask for help: Unfortunately, treating people who do not want to be treated or do not understand that they have to be treated is almost useless. Working with homeless person requires a team: social services, case management, environment, and only then medications, for which you need a doctor. Have everything in place, and a doctor will become one of the referrals that a person will receive. ...Read more

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Should a patient w/CHF, kidney failure, and lung failure w/30 yr. Alcohol abuse history be told by their doctor that continuing alcohol will kill them?

Should a patient w/CHF, kidney failure, and lung failure w/30 yr. Alcohol abuse history be told by their doctor that continuing alcohol will kill them?

That is not all: All of these have risk of death. Alcohol is part of the risk but we need to know about the patient, the compliance to all of their healthcare issues and he extent of each disease ...Read more

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Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Symptoms of alcohol abuse?

Many: Binge drinking, drinking that affects work and relationships. Look up the cage questions and seek help if you need it! ...Read more

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Can you die from alcohol abuse?

Can you die from alcohol abuse?

Yes, indeed!: Alcohol abuse can slowly affect one's liver. End result is death from liver failure due to cirrosis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for Alcohol abuse?

There are none.: If your pattern of drinking is excessive and daily then a problem exists. If people have told you this and you are avoiding people and situations due your tendency to be drunk easily then a problem exists. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of Alcohol abuse?

What are the symptoms of Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol Abuse: Alcohol abuse refers to use of alcohol to the extent that it interferes with core responsibilities and tasks (family, work responsibilities), or causes negative outcomes (e.g., DUI). Abuse can progress to dependence with physical and psychological addiction - increased tolerance (need more to get the same effect), withdrawal symptoms when not drinking, and preoccupation with drinking. ...Read more

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What are the complications of Alcohol abuse?

What are the complications of Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol Abuse Compli: Complications of Alcohol Abuse
• Persisting Amnestic Disorder
• Psychotic Disorder
Mood Disorder
Sleep Disorder
• Sexual Dysfunction
• Arrhythmias
• High blood pressure
• Hepatitis
• Cirrhosis
Pancreatitis
Increased risk of developing cancers of the:
• Mouth
• Esophagus
• Throat
• Liver
• Breast
Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like Pneumonia and Tuberculosis ...Read more

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What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

What are the signs of alcohol abuse in a teen?

Underage drinking: Technically, ingestion of any illegal substance constitutes abuse. Teens may not legally drink alcohol. Therefore a teen who is drinking alcohol is suffering from alcohol abuse. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have alcohol abuse?

Could it be something bad if I have alcohol abuse?

Yes: If indeed you have alcohol abuse problems, then it is something unhealthy. Please see your doctor to decide if you have a problem or not. See my health guides for definitions of abuse. ...Read more

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What are the treatments for Alcohol abuse?

What are the treatments for Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol use disorder: Treatment may include several different FDA approved medications, individual therapy, and there are groups such as SMART recovery and others. Some patients require inpatient treatment depending upon the severity of the disease. ...Read more

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Why does alcohol abuse make the skin pale?

Why does alcohol abuse make the skin pale?

Diet & Sun: Alcoholics tend to stay indoors. They also lack vitamin B6 and B12 due to gastritis and poor diet. They are often anemic and frequently have liver disease that causes the skin to be pale. They frequently are malnourished as many times their major calorie intake is from alcohol. They also tend to be heavy smokers which causes problems in all the systems. ...Read more

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What are the liver diseases related to alcohol abuse?

What are the liver diseases related to alcohol abuse?

Several: It could be an acute inflammation ("alcoholic hepatitis") to more chronic and serious conditions such as alcoholic cirrhosis and hepatocarcinoma (liver cancer). ...Read more

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How specific is raised GGT as a marker of alcohol abuse?

How specific is raised GGT as a marker of alcohol abuse?

Not: Liver disease or damage will elevate ggt--but it is elevated in 75% of pts with chronic alcoholism and can b used to follow drinkers. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse harm other organs than just your liver?

Can alcohol abuse harm other organs than just your liver?

ABSOLUTELY: Try BRAIN
NERVES
ESOPHAGUS (GULLET)
STOMACH
BLOOD/BONE MARROW
SKIN

FOR "STARTERS" ...Read more

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How much alcohol abuse does it take for the onset of liver disease?

How much alcohol abuse does it take for the onset of liver disease?

Alcohol consequences: Some people are resilient and can absorb a lot withut results till late. But mental consequences are disastrous to self and family and to all your loved ones. It is deadly inherited and younger generations suffer much more than the first gen, from schizophrenia and severe mental problems along with alcoholism. Autism also is a result on kids, adhd, disabling anxiety. Treat now. ...Read more

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What are some fun activities for drug and alcohol abuse group therapy?

What are some fun activities for drug and alcohol abuse group therapy?

Consider the group: It depends a lot on who is in the group and how much supervision you have and need. Also, remember to provide options. Don't ask someone to do something totally out of character in the beginning. Some ideas: yoga, meditation instruction, serving food to the homeless, organized tours of museums, hiking, working with animals. Good luck! ...Read more

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A common problem associated with alcohol abuse is malnutrition. Why is this?

Alcohol abuse: Automatically will produce vitamin b1 deficiency and affect normal brain function, plus the fact that this interferes with appetite, hence malnutrition. It is a dangerous experiment for anyone. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

What is the difference between alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse according to the DSM?

Old Terms: In the DSM 5, all substance disorders are characterized as Use Disorders and are classified as mild, moderate or severe depending on the number of criteria that are met.
Dependence and abuse are not used. ...Read more

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Can long term alcohol abuse cause motor function and balance problems, even after quitting?

Can long term alcohol abuse cause motor function and balance problems, even after quitting?

Alcoholism: Long term alcohol use can cause different neurologic effect and even dementia. some are caused by a vitamin deficiency and other by overt neural damage. Some will resolve to a degree with treatment and cessation of alcohol use and others will not. ...Read more

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Please advise! How much alcohol abuse does it take for the onset of liver disease or symptoms of?

Depends on: Your ability to detoxify alcohol. Certain people have inefficient enzymes and can get liver damage and GI cancers with even small amounts of alcohol, while others seem to be spared. Moderation, especially with alcohol, is important. ...Read more

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Question:why do people w/chronic alcohol abuse start havn seizures when they never have beforehand?

Question:why do people w/chronic alcohol abuse start havn seizures when they never have beforehand?

Withdrawal effect: Chronic alcohol use may cause a physiologic dependence, such that when it is abruptly stopped, one may experience a withdrawal syndrome. Alcohol has sedative effects. Stopping it leads to activation of the brain. A seizure is a severe form of activation. It can be prevented by properly treating the withdrawal with the appropriate medicines like benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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For teens with alcohol abuse, will they admit you into the psych ward or can they just send you home after you sober up?

For teens with alcohol abuse, will they admit you into the psych ward or can they just send you home after you sober up?

Greatly varies: The length of stay at a psychiatric hospital can be dependent upon multiple things including laws in your state severity of the illness and also insurance coverage. ...Read more

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Can alcohol abuse or alcohol withdraws cause hyperactive refelxes hyperactive refelxes. Not sure if that is the medical term

Yes: Hyperactive reflexes are a common sign of alcohol withdrawal, and are related to the overall hyperactivity of the central nervous system - anxiety, insomnia, tremor, restlessness, irritability, which can progress to grand mal seizures/and or delirium tremens (the shaking delirium). ...Read more

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Does alcohol abuse change your peronality

Does alcohol abuse change your peronality

IT CAN: Certainly while intoxicated you lose inhibitions and can have a "personality change". Also long term effects of alcohol on mood and physical condition. If you question your alcohol use, then you clearly have an alcohol problem get help there is so much that you can do like aa, medications, detox, therapy, and treatment for depression or anxiety that may underlie the abuse. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for Alcohol abuse?

What are the risk factors for Alcohol abuse?

Alcohol Abuse RiskFa: Risk factors for Alcohol abuse:

•Alcohol Dependence of parent (s)
•Parental abuse and neglect of children
•Antisocial, sexually deviant, or mentally ill parents
•family violence
•separation, divorce, or death of parent (s)
•Racial discrimination
•Living in an economically depressed area with:
•High unemployment
•Inadequate housing
•High prevalence of crime
•High prevalence of illegal drug use ...Read more

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How to know if you are prone to alcohol abuse?

How to know if you are prone to alcohol abuse?

Interferes with life: If you are prone to alcohol abuse you will use alcohol despite knowing that there are negative consequences, if you want to drink less but feel that you can't, if you feel guilty for drinking too much, if you drink in the morning to treat hangover symptoms, if you spend more time and money obtaining and using alcohol than doing necessary daily tasks, and if alcohol interferes with work or family. ...Read more

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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more