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What To Expect When You Stop Drinking Alcohol
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
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
Campral : Can be started after stopping alcohol intake and it does not help with withdrawal symptoms while going through early detoxification. ...Read more
Yes: Best thing u can do!Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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
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
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
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
Yes, but...: Only to a certain point...Since it appears that cirrhosis, once established is irreversible...Though progression can be halted. ...Read more
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
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
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?
I have cystic fibrosis and have recently had elevated liver function levels. Should i stop drinking alcohol?
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
Is drinking alcohol the reason why i'm not getting pregnant? Should I stop drinking while trying to conceive?
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
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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