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Doctor insights on: What Makes An Alcoholic

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What makes one an alcoholic?

What makes one an alcoholic?

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 more

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Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

Does having cirrhosis mean the person is an alcoholic?

No: Alcohol is only one of many causes of cirrhosis. Other comon causes include viral infections (e.g. Hepatitis c), autoimmune disorders (e.g. Autoimmune hepatitis, primary sclerosing cholangitis, primary biliary cirrhosis), metabolic abnormalities (e.g. "fatty liver" disease, abnormal copper or iron storage), and certain medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is an adam's apple feel like ?

Can you tell me what is an adam's apple feel like ?

See below: When you run a finger down the midline of your throat, you will feel a bump or protrusion (may be slight) almost halfway down. ...Read more

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What happens during an alcoholic detoxification?

Mutual support helps: Medically supervised detoxification for alcoholism involves the use of gradually decreasing doses of central nervous depressants to prevent the onset of delirium tremens, a potentially fatal consequence of untreated alcohol withdrawal. Detoxification may work better when done with the support of alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

Does drinking a little everyday make you an alcoholic?

No: Drinking one to drinks per day does not make you an alcoholic. That is unless they are very large drinks. One drink is considered to be either one 4 ounce glass of wine, one-12 ounce beer of one-single ounce/shot of whiskey or hard liquor. More than two of such drinks per day are more problematic. One to two drinks per day has actually been proven to be beneficial. ...Read more

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If I get an Asian flush when I drink, does this mean i'm more likely to become an alcoholic?

If I get an Asian flush when I drink, does this mean i'm more likely to become an alcoholic?

Not likely: An "asian flush" is caused by a deficiency in an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase. This interrupts a specific step in ethanol breakdown that allows acetaldehyde to build up, causing the symptoms you experience. This can be caused by certain drugs such as antebuse and certain antibiotics. Many people find this extremely unpleasant and curtail their drinking as a result. ...Read more

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What makes someone a sex offender?

What makes someone a sex offender?

Depends who you ask: If you are a victim, then it is a crime. If you are arrested for doing it, you claim it is an illness. If you are a doctor treating a sex offender then you might think it is a personality disorder. If you are a lawyer, then it is a legal definition. Sex offenders rarely think of themselves as offensive. It also varies in different cultures. Perhaps child abuse leads to becoming a sex offender. ...Read more

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What makes makes someone to be deaf?

What makes makes someone to be deaf?

Many causes: Many causes. Most common causes in adults would be ear wax, trauma, aging and loud noises (acute or cumulative. See ENT doc for exam/opinion. ...Read more

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Please explain why people say it is bad to be an alcoholic?

Please explain why people say it is bad to be an alcoholic?

You can't be serious: Are you really serious? It is a serious addiction which can cause major liver, heart and neurologic complications leading to an early death. It destroys lives including those of family members who have to live with an alcoholic. ...Read more

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What do if the alcoholic person is very shaky?

What do if the alcoholic person is very shaky?

Stop drinking: . They can shake for a number of reasons. They can develop nerve damage in the nerves going to hands and feet for example, due to alcohol damage or vitamin deficiencies. They usually shake due to alcohol withdrawn. Bottom line, they need medical attention. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my child becoming an alcoholic if I am an alcoholic?

What are the chances of my child becoming an alcoholic if I am an alcoholic?

Higher...: ...Than in the general population, and higher still if the child grows up in a household centered on alcohol. ...Read more

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What is an epidural and why is everyone telling me to get it?

What is an epidural and why is everyone telling me to get it?

My responses: Epidural steroids involve injection outside of the spinal canal to control pain. Not infrequently used during labor and delivery, and less commonly employed to defray symptoms due to root level disc compression of nerve in neck or back. Maybe a chorus is singing praises, but I for one, would caution you that there are risks and this should be used only in special indications. ...Read more

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Please tell me if an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta is very danergrous?

Please tell me if an enlarged heart and an unfolding aorta is very danergrous?

Signs: By themselves, they're not dangerous but they're signs that the individual has arteriosclerosis and underlying heart disease that needs to be further defined and investigated. ...Read more

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I need to know what is tournine/taurine that is an element used is red bull and other enerizer drinks?

I need to know what is tournine/taurine that is an element used is red bull and other enerizer drinks?

Amino acid: Taurine is a non-essential amino acid. Your body makes whatever is needed. Cats, for instance, lack this production and taurine deficiency can occur in felines. There is not enough in red bull, etc. To cause any known problems. ...Read more

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What is a potentially fatal reaction to an alcoholic overdose like?

What is a potentially fatal reaction to an alcoholic overdose 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