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How can you stop drinking alcohol?

How can you stop drinking alcohol?

Alcohol: Rehab programs & aa meetings, as well as deterrants prescribed by your doctor, such as Antabuse (disulfiram) or campral, and detox if warranted. Glad you seem sincere about quitting since you asked. ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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How long could anxiety last once you stop drinking alcohol?

Variable: There is not a simple answer for this question. Many people with alcoholism have been -using alcohol to self medicate anxiety, depression or other conditions. In that situation, detoxification will help rid the brain/body of toxins but will not resolve underlying mental health conditions. Anxiety symptoms may be more prominent as they are no longer being covered up by alcohol. ...Read more

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How long after you stop drinking alcohol can you begin campral?

How long after you stop drinking alcohol can you begin campral?

Campral : Can be started after stopping alcohol intake and it does not help with withdrawal symptoms while going through early detoxification. ...Read more

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What happens to the kidneys a day after you stop drinking alcohol?

What happens to the kidneys a day after you stop drinking alcohol?

Depends: Alcohol effects the liver more than the kidneys. Generally if one stays well hydrated there is no clinical effect on the kidneys. ...Read more

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How long does it take for your triglycerides to come down after you stop drinking alcohol?

triglycerides: Triglyceride levels will come down somewhat soon after ceasing alcohol drinking. Depending on the length of time you've been drinking and the other damage to the body, longer term changes could also result. ...Read more

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Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

Should you stop drinking alcohol if you have macrocytic anemia (increased mcv)?

See below : Excessive alcohol intake can cause liver disease which can cause macrocytic anemia. Also people people who drink lots of alcohol could have nutrient and vitamin deficiencies such as vitamin b 12 and folic acid, and deficiencies from these can also cause macrocytic anemia. It's okay to have a drink now and then though. ...Read more

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What's the best way to stop drinking alcohol?

What's the best way to stop drinking alcohol?

Consult a specialist: It can be very dangerous to stop suddenly if you've been drinking a long time. If you experience hand tremors, sweats, or other physical withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking, the risks include withdrawal seizure, blood pressure spike, or other potentially medically dangerous complications. Get a free or low cost assessment at a treatment program, where detox meds can be givenalco if needed. ...Read more

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How do you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

How do you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

Alcohol: Guide them to seek counseling, attend rehab program , & aa meetings. Also need to monitor by addiction specialist for withdrawal. ...Read more

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How might you help someone to stop drinking alcohol?

The individual: Needs to be willing to accept help. You can express your concerns (be specific). You can offer to drive someone to an alcoholics anonymous meeting or to see an addiction medicine specialist. But you can't make they stop drinking. Often you are planting a seed that may or may not come to fruition at a later date. ...Read more

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Are there any pills to help me stop drinking alcohol?

Are there any pills to help me stop drinking alcohol?

May improve odds: It's VERY unlikely that meds alone will succeed. Medication can help improve odds of success at working a comprehensive (and personalized) program to help understand and change drinking behavior.
FDA-recognized meds for this are: disulfiram, acamprosate, and naltrexone. Though not recognized by the FDA, topiramate seems useful for this as well. ...Read more

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I'm going to stop drinking alcohol is there any foods or drinks that will help me ?

I'm going to stop drinking alcohol is there any foods or drinks that will help me ?

Program: Many N.D.'s recommend a blend of amino acids. However, if you want to insure success, find a structured program that has a history of success, such as A.A. and follow their suggestions. ...Read more

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2 stop drinking alcohol what is the best way to do it cut down altogether or slowly?

2 stop drinking alcohol what is the best way to do it cut down altogether or slowly?

Typically slowly: Congratulations in making this decision! this somewhat depends how much alcohol has been consumed each day and for long. But typically, it is best to cut down a bit slowly so as to avoid the symptoms of withdrawal, which can be very severe in some people. Whatever you do, please make sure to not drive after drinking.

It is often very helpful to enroll in a program like aa to have help. ...Read more

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How long before a ua test do you have to stop drinking alcohol?

How long before a ua test do you have to stop drinking alcohol?

Ethyl glucoronide: A metabolite of alcohol can be detected for up to 80 hours or five days, after the last drink. ...Read more

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If you were to stop drinking alcohol, can your liver repair itself?

If you were to stop drinking alcohol, can your liver repair itself?

Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted. ...Read more

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How long should i stop drinking alcohol before i do a blood test to test ?

How long should i stop drinking alcohol before i do a blood test to test ?

Unknown: although most alcohol is metabolized at an average rate of 1oz of alcohol per hour it depends on how much and when you last drank. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if disulfirum and acamprosate really help you to stop drinking alcohol ?

Wanted to know if disulfirum and acamprosate really help you to stop drinking alcohol ?

Yes: Particularly disulfiram, which if the person actually takes it, has a very high rate of success. Acamprosate and Naltrexone both, in several studies, double the number of people who remain sober at 6 months, and increase the amount of time to relapse. The problem with all these meds, esp Antabuse, is that people are not prescribed them, and if they are, don't take them. Counseling still needed. ...Read more

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I have alcohol cirrhosis and have stop drinking alcohol for 3 yrs. What benefit will i get? Will it stop cirrhosis?

I have alcohol cirrhosis and have stop drinking alcohol for 3 yrs. What benefit will i get? Will it stop cirrhosis?

Survival benefit!: If you have alcoholic cirrhosis you will need to quite drinking for life. It will not stop cirrhosis, but it will prevent things from going downhill quickly. ...Read more

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How many days before a colonoscopy should i stop drinking alcohol? Should i stop just during the bowel prep and the day of the procedure?

Agree with below: not a question that most social-only drinkers would ask. Daily alcohol consumption can make sedating you more difficult as your liver is revved up. Would try to stay away for at least 5-7 days if you're drinking more than 2drinks/day or 14/week. ...Read more

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I have cystic fibrosis and have recently had elevated liver function levels. Should i stop drinking alcohol?

Cystic fibrosis: This condition can damage the pancreas as well as the liver and since alcohol may do the same it would be judicious not to drink alcohol. ...Read more

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Does drinking alcohol affect your fertility?How long before you try to concieve should you stop drinking caffeine and alcohol i plan on ttc in july

Does drinking alcohol affect your fertility?How long before you try to concieve should you stop drinking caffeine and alcohol i plan on ttc in july

Moderation: First, you don't have to stop drinking caffeine as there's no harm for moderate caffeine consumption in pregnancy. 200mg a day is without any risks. As far as alcohol. A drink or two a week while trying to conceive likely won't affect your fertility, but if you want to be 100% safe, then abstain as soon as you are not using birth control. ...Read more

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Is drinking alcohol the reason why i'm not getting pregnant? Should I stop drinking while trying to conceive?

Is drinking alcohol the reason why i'm not getting pregnant? Should I stop drinking while trying to conceive?

Yes: It could be one of causes.Also if you get pregnant while on alcohol baby can have malformations as well as developmental delays. ...Read more

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Quit drinking alcohol ?

Quit drinking alcohol
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Absolutely!: What's your question? Do you have an alcohol problem? Are you addicted? Do you just want to stop? Please see your doctor for help and guidance for alcohol abuse. Check out aa, as well. ...Read more

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Is there a way to quit drinking alcohol?

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Alcohol: Detoxification & rehabilitation. Attend a program & stay active in aa. ...Read more

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How can I quit drinking alcohol after 7 months of drinking?

If you can't: If you want to stop alcohol, but you can't, it's called alcoholism. Seek help from your doctor, a drug/alcohol counselor and aa. ...Read more

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How to quit drinking alcohol ?

With dedication: First, you realize you have a problem, then with dedication and a lot of support from friends and family, you start the journey of quitting. Therapy may help, aa meeting are very beneficial, in severe cases, some medications can help with a doctors supervision. ...Read more

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Why should you quit drinking alcohol when you have pancreatitis ?

Pancreatitis: Since alcohol is the likely cause of pancreatitis it only makes sense to not drink it when you have pancreatitis. And for that matter in my opinion once you have pancreatitis you should never drink alcohol again as even a small drink can cause it again. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter medication to help quit drinking alcohol?

Is there an over-the-counter medication to help quit drinking alcohol?

No: Not really, not that i know of. The thing about medications which are fda approved means that the fda has proven that a medication is both safe and effective for a particular condition. There are now three fda approved medications for alcohol dependence. They are campral, Revia (naltrexone) and antabuse. ...Read more

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What causes you to have to quit drinking alcohol when you have pancreatitis ?

What causes you to have to quit drinking alcohol when you have pancreatitis ?

See details: Because alcohol can not only cause pancreatitis but can also make preexisting pancreatitis much worse. It is a toxin to the pancreas. ...Read more