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Helping An Alcoholic Friend
I have an old friend who has been a recovering alcoholic for 46yrs. He says when he went for help his blood cells were square is this possible?
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With alcoholics in my fam is it wise to avoid drinking? I have friends who say a drink won't hurt. Nearly 40 and have never had a drink.
I would tell you ...: Yes it is wise for someone to not begin drinking alcohol when they have a family history of drug or alcohol dependence. Your friends may be right, but if they are wrong, you will pay the consequences, not them. For more information see http://www.Henryford.Com/body.Cfm?Id=48955. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Help with what?: If you want your friend to stop drinking, he or she has to want to or it doesn't work. Alanon is a 12-step organization designed for friends and loved ones of people with alcohol problems, and can help you deal with your concern, anger, guilt and other mixed emotions. We often 'enable' drinkers to keep drinking in ways we dont always understand, and alanon can help reduce this.Don't nag-not helpful. ...Read more
Unfortunately: No matter how much you care - you can't control his behavior. Suggest that you express your concerns to him in a non-judgmental way. You can encourage him to see an addiction medicine specialist & to attend alcoholics anonymous. You might even offer to drive him to a meeting or to attend an open meeting with him. But - you are not responsible for whatever decisions he makes regarding alcohol use. ...Read more
My friend who is an alcoholic in his late fourties, claims he gets sick when he doesn't drink. Is there anything behind this or just his next excuse?
Alcoholic: Until he is safely detoxed he is probably telling the truth. Going into withdrawals or having the DTs is very real for the active alcoholic. But it is absolutely no excuse to keep drinking. Sobriety is very much a safe, real, and life saving experience. His next step is to get to the hospital for detoxing. ...Read more
My friend's husband is an alcoholic. He's lost control of his bowels about 5x this year. Is he close to killing himself with the alcohol?
Recovery: is difficult unless the person is willing. Try to convince him that he needs to see a specialist in addiction medicine who can offer treatment for his alcoholism. He may not take this well so be prepared and try to be understanding as this is a real disease that may have a disastrous outcome if untreated. Good Luck!!! ...Read more
Can i have seizures if i drink alot over my friend's birthday weekend and then stop? Or is this only caused when a chronic alcoholic suddenly stops?
My friend is an alcoholic & is still drinking. Her upper abdominal area is totally bloated! she's normally a thin person. It's like she has a tire around her waist, since the bloating extends all the way around her back. What is wrong?
Liver damage: When the liver is severely damaged, fluid accumulates in the abdomen, specifically in the peritoneum. The liver itself may either be swollen early in the course and contribute to abdominal swelling, or with very severe damage becomes small and scarred, and all of the swelling is due to the fluid. Her chances of an early grave are severe, especially if she keeps drinking. Interventions may help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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