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What should I do if I or someone I know has a drinking problem?

What should I do if I or someone I know has a drinking problem?

Tell person: Tell the person. He/she will either acknowledge or deny. Suggest aa if the former. Many will deny it, if so, tell them that most alcoholics deny the problem. Try to ensure they don't drink and drive, if u can. This is a big problem and often without easy answers. Try alanon if the person is a close relative. ...Read more

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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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How do I know if I have a drinking problem?

How do I know if I have a drinking problem?

If you ask...: Validated self assessment questionaires (saast) esixt, but here is a starter: you may have a problem if any of these is "yes": cage c - have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? A- have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? G - have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? E - eye opener: have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves? ...Read more

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What should I do if I think someone has anorexia?

What should I do if I think someone has anorexia?

Patience/Compassion: If you suspect some has anorexia, it is important to express your concerns to them. Approach them in a compassionate and nonjudgmental manner. They may become angry and defensive. Don't give up. It may take time before they are ready to open up. Tell them you are concerned about their health. Do not comment on how they look. Avoid placing blame, shame, or guilt and do not offer simple solutions. ...Read more

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What should I do if i know my roomate has an eating disorder?

What should I do if i know my roomate has an eating disorder?

Eating Disorder: Encourage him or her to get professional help. Offer to go to a first appointment with him or her if desired for support. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a stomach problem or am just hungry?

How do I know if I have a stomach problem or am just hungry?

Stomach upset: The suffix "itis" means "inflammation". The prefix "gastro" means "stomach." The term "gastritis" thus means an "inflammed stomach." This is often used imprecisely to mean stomach upset, which can derive from both acid & non-acid causes, slow emptying of the stomach, H.pylori infection, atrophic & hypersecretory problems. Once reassured after a few simple tests, consider an acid blocker trial. ...Read more

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What should I do if someone is having a stroke? What should I do if I am having a stroke?

What should I do if someone is having a stroke? What should I do if I am having a stroke?

FAST: Fast= face, arm, speech, time to act and call 911. Time to intervention is of the utmost importance. ...Read more

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What should I do if someone I know has bulimia?

What should I do if someone I know has bulimia?

Be supportive: Tell your friend about your concerns for him/her and encourage your friend to seek help. You may look up treatment resources within your community and provide your friend with them if the level of your relationship permits this. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a problem with my heart?

How do I know if I have a problem with my heart?

Tough question: There's simply not 1 test to answer that - you need to provide a detailed history, undergo a physical exam, and then, based on the results and probabilities, additional testing may or may not be indicated .Your best bet is to see your family doctor. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a brain problem, when should I tell people about it?

What to do if I have a brain problem, when should I tell people about it?

Who should know?: Depending on nature of the "brain problem", either neurological or psychiatric, need to determine whether it would benefit you or others to learn about your challenges. Certainly your doctor needs information, but does your Boss or manager, or even some friends or family?? ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I have a drink problem?

What do you suggest if I have a drink problem?

Seek medical: attention as soon as possible. I am happy that you admit having a problem and are looking for help. I can assure you that you can count on your doctor to arrange referrals to treatments facilities and support groups (like Alcoholics Anonymous). Also, rely on family and friends as I am sure they are willing to help out. I wish you all the best, you can do it! Don't give up! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has a drinking problem?

What do you suggest if my mom has a drinking problem?

For her, nothing you: Can do except tell her how you feel. For yourself, getting family counseling and/or attending Alanon meetings (a self-help group for family members of addicts) can help you deal with your guilt, shame, anger, concern and all the other feelings you likely have. Nobody can make anybody else change - she has to want to. People in alanon or counselors can help you understand what you can/can't do. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a problem with implantation?

How do I know if I have a problem with implantation?

You won't: But it is a very good question. We all understand very little clinically about implantation in humans since its a process we can't observe. Other than the old-time endometrial biopsy we don't have any tests taht are truly validated for testing, either. ...Read more

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What should I do and not do if I think someone I know may have an eating disorder?

You can help!: Do let your friend know how much you care about her. Do help her find resources locally to help. If you know her parents, definitely get your friend's permission to discuss how to help her and your concerns. If you are in college, encourage using the campus resources and the college health clinic. Anorexia is a deadly disease for young women, one in five will die from the disease! ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a cold or something more serious?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a cold or something more serious?

Cold vs Flu: According to Mayo Clinic Flu sxs may include “Fever over 100F (38C), Aching muscles, especially in your back, arms and legs, Chills & sweats, Headache, Dry Cough, Fatigue and weakness, Nasal Congestion.” ** Common cold symptoms in adults often include sore throat, cough, sneezing, runny or stuffed nose, slight headache, mild fever, mild aches & pains. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a liver problem?

How do I know if I have a liver problem?

Tests: Your would need blood test (liver function tests) and an image of the liver (ultrasound, ct, etc). ...Read more

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What do I do if my sister have a drug problem?

What do I do if my sister have a drug problem?

Your sister has to: recognize that she has a problem and she has to want to do something about it. Families often feel helpless, hopeless, angry, ashamed and guilty, in various combinations. Concerned family members can present their worries to her, trying to help her see the problem, but this often results in denial and anger on her part. Attend Alanon meetings for your own sake, not hers, it may help with enabling. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a heart problem?

How do I know if I have a heart problem?

Heart problem: Some of the symptoms of heart disease- chest pain, swelling of feet, shortness of breath, palpitations, if you have these symptoms you should see a cardiologist. ...Read more

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What can I do if my friend is depressed what should I do for her?

What can I do if my friend is depressed what should I do for her?

Talk: Talk to her. Help her to understand her condition. Then encourage her to get help. If necessary do an intervention. There are many medications that will help with depression. Consult a mental health professional. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a stomach ulcer or something else?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a stomach ulcer or something else?

EGD endoscopy: This can be diagnosed best by esophageal, gastric and duodenal (EGD) endoscopy. Patient with stomach ulcer may notice epigastric pain, acid regurgitation or postprandial abdominal pain. If you are symptomatic it is suggested that you see a gastroenterologist to have an upper GI endoscopic examination. ...Read more

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What should I do if I or someone I know has a drinking problem?

Tell person: Tell the person. He/she will either acknowledge or deny. Suggest aa if the former. Many will deny it, if so, tell them that most alcoholics deny the problem. Try to ensure they don't drink and drive, if u can. This is a big problem and often without easy answers. Try alanon if the person is a close relative. ...Read more

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What's the best way to confront someone with a drinking problem?

What's the best way to confront someone with a drinking problem?

Be honest: Be honest about your concerns, let that person know how you think their drinking has affected them and you. Try not to blame and make statements like "you make me feel bad".Instead say " i feel sad or hurt when this or that happens because of your drinking. Go to an alanon meeting for yourself for support as well. Be honest sincere and then the ball is in their court. Set boundries if needed. ...Read more

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What should you do if you think you or someone else might have a drinking problem.?

What should you do if you think you or someone else might have a drinking problem.?

Med eval/ AA/ Alanon: If you think you have a drinking problem you could attend alcoholic anonymous meetings where you will become more educated about it and receive help. Talking with your doctor is another option. If you are worried about a loved one consider attending alanon - it will teach you alot. ...Read more

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What to do about my drinking problem?

Alcohol: If you have a history of chronic, heavy alcohol use, you may need to be detoxified in a hospital. Encourage you to become involved with alcoholics anonymous (aa). It is free, confidential, supportive and can be very effective. Additionally, consider working with an addiction medicine specialist or an addiction psychiatrist. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have a drinking problem?

If you ask...: Validated self assessment questionaires (saast) esixt, but here is a starter: you may have a problem if any of these is "yes": cage c - have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? A- have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? G - have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? E - eye opener: have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves? ...Read more

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How can I tell my husband I have a drinking problem?

How can I tell my husband I have a drinking problem?

He knows: Although not all men have people-sense or are good communicators, he's well-aware. This may be why communication has broken down, and in fact his silence may be out of a desire to protect you / the marriage. You can share many wonderful things that don't involve alcohol. Alanon for him; a physician office visit for you as a couple. Congratulations on taking the first step. ...Read more

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I think I may have a drinking problem. What are some tell tale signs?

I think I may have a drinking problem. What are some tell tale signs?

U wont stop: Just the fact u are asking indicates you see negative consequences. If you can't stop and/or can't stop obsessing-you have a problem. ...Read more

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How to fix a drinking problem, I find it very hard not to drink despite trying many times and it causes me endless problems?

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How to fix a drinking problem, I find it very hard not to drink despite trying many times and it causes me endless problems?

Problems?: Are the problems from drinking or do you think you drink to escape the problems? Either way the problem is drinking. There are many ways to stop but you have to want to and need a reason to. Figure it out. The first place to start would be easily your local AA meetings. Talk to your doctor about other options for you. ...Read more

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How do I deal with a senior who has a drinking problem?

Senior alcoholic: Good idea to join al-anon to learn about helping. The goal would be to get help for the senior with the problem, and get the person into therapy. Talk with the doctor for advice. ...Read more

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Is going 10 days free from alcohol is a good sign that i don't have a drinking problem or not? (i was drinking every 3 or 4 days drinks)

Is going 10 days free from alcohol is a good sign that i don't have a drinking problem or not? (i was drinking every 3 or 4 days drinks)

Alcohol problem?: Congratulations on not drinking alcohol for 10 days if you think you have a problem. However, abstaining from alcohol does not necessarily mean you are free from alcohol dependence. Many an AA member has 'fallen off the wagon' after a much longer time sober. A more detailed history is needed to assess your risk properly. Talk to your doctor. See: http://www.helpguide.org/articles/addiction/alcoholism-and-alcohol-abuse.htm I hope this helps. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do I have a drinking problem? I drink every weekend. That's friday night, saturday, and often times saturday night as well... And when i say "drink, " i mean i really lose myself... But other than that, i can honestly say i don't see alcohol all week.. A

Do I have a drinking problem? I drink every weekend. That's friday night, saturday, and often times saturday night as well...  And when i say "drink, " i mean i really lose myself... But other than that, i can honestly say i don't see alcohol all week..
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You : You might be following yourself. Only about 5% of alcoholics are of the "skid row bum" variety.You do not have to drink daily to be an alcoholic or to have a drinking problem. Here are some questions you can ask yourself: have you tried to cut down on your alcohol use or to quit in the past without lasting success? How much time each week do you spend either purchasing booze, getting to a bar, drinking, being hung over or sleeping it off? Do you have to drink more now than you used to, in order to get a buz or to become intoxicated? Do you find that drinking the same amount you drank in the past just doesn’t do it for you? Do you ever set a limit for your drinking and go over the limit? I am only going to have 3 drinks tonight, but instead you have six or maybe you say, i will go home by ten pm but instead you stay out drinking until two am. Has your doctor every told you to drink less? Have you ever gotten irritated when other people comment on your alcohol use? Do you ever drink even if you are on medications and your doctor says it is contraindicated? Do you ever drink and drive? Have you ever been in trouble for drinking? Have you ever been late for work because you were sleeping one off? Do you ever fail to do things that are important in your life because you would rather drink instead? These are just a small sampling of questions.It sounds like you have already identified that you may have a drinking problem because two to three times per week you "really lose myself.". ...Read more

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How to talk to someone who has a bit of a drinking problem? Not me i don't drink someone i know a friend worried about them

Be honest: Be honest and direct with that person. Alcohol abuse or dependence can have serious consequences, and can get people either hurt or killed. If this person is a true friend, they will listen. If they don't, or they deny the problem or otherwise get defensive, it says far more about them than about you. ...Read more

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My mom has a drinking problem. How can I help her?

My mom has a drinking problem. How can I help her?

For her, nothing you: Can do except tell her how you feel. For yourself, getting family counseling and/or attending Alanon meetings (a self-help group for family members of addicts) can help you deal with your guilt, shame, anger, concern and all the other feelings you likely have. Nobody can make anybody else change - she has to want to. People in alanon or counselors can help you understand what you can/can't do. ...Read more

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Do I have a drinking problem if I only drink wine?

Do I have a drinking problem if I only drink wine?

Drinking problem: Depends on the quantity of wine you drink.Drinking problem is not related to the type of alcohol you consume.If you drink mor then 2 glases of wine, or 2 beers, or 2 units of hard liqour the you have a drinking problem which can effect your health.If you drink all times of the day and drink excessive amount of wine, beer or any other alcoholik drink and you feel sicky if dont drink u are alcoholic. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my mom has a drinking problem?

For her, nothing you: Can do except tell her how you feel. For yourself, getting family counseling and/or attending Alanon meetings (a self-help group for family members of addicts) can help you deal with your guilt, shame, anger, concern and all the other feelings you likely have. Nobody can make anybody else change - she has to want to. People in alanon or counselors can help you understand what you can/can't do. ...Read more

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Could my husband's drinking problem lead to him having an irregular heartbeat?

Could my husband's drinking problem lead to him having an irregular heartbeat?

Yes...: Alcohol is a direct toxin to the heart cells, the myocytes. This can lead to atrial fibrillation, atrial flutter, pvc's and pac's, and even damage to the muscle to the point of heart failure, so called alcoholic cardiomyopathy. This can the lead to more serious arrhythmias like ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation and sudden death. Moderate amounts of alcohol should not do this however. ...Read more

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I never crave alcohol but when I drink I don't stop until I black out. Is this considered a drinking problem?

Yes: Yes, you have complete loss of control when you do drink. Even if only on occasion this could cause many consequences. Your brain has uncontrollable craving after that first drink. And you even have cravings before the first drink because why else would you ever drink at all if you know what happens when you do. Think about it. Seek some support to talk about this. ...Read more

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Does my mother's drinking problem affect my genes?

Does my mother's drinking problem affect my genes?

If...: If she was drinking during the pregnancy, unfortunately yes.Ask your doctor for further information. ...Read more