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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.

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 more

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Why do my lips & tongue go numb after a few alcoholic drinks? I thought it was normal but my friends say that doesn't happen to them. My husband think

Why do my lips & tongue go numb after a few alcoholic drinks? I thought it was normal but my friends say that doesn't happen to them. My husband think

Quit alcohol: Alcohol is a poison and it never did any body any good, ever, so quit drinking. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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How can I help my alcoholic friend.?

How can I help my alcoholic friend.?

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

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My best friend is an alcoholic, i'm scared he's gonna die. What should I do to stop this?

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

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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

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What should you with an alcoholic friend who is at a wedding?

What should you with an alcoholic friend who is at a wedding?

Avoid alcohol: If your friend does not feel safe with the triggers of an open bar, they can request Antabuse (disulfiram) from their doc. Take 500 or 750 mgs. As a one time dose and you can be sure they won't be drinking. ...Read more

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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?

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

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How do I help a friend who has had 2 liver transplants and is a chronic alcoholic?

How do I help a friend who has had 2 liver transplants and is a chronic alcoholic?

Needs therapy, AA: You can only help your friend if he or she is willing to get help.Help can come from alcoholics anonymous or from a doctor providing therapy. ...Read more

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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?

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?

It depends..: Most of the ones who suffer seizures are heavy drinkers either continuous or binge drinkers. The seizures usually occur after 48 hours of stopping. Now, if your are on medications such as Wellbutrin (bupropion) that can the lower seizure threshold, you could also suffer a seizure. ...Read more

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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?

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 more

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Friend has heart disease and is an alcoholic whose potassium levels are critically low. How does this affect his heart?

Friend has heart disease and is an alcoholic whose potassium levels are critically low. How does this affect his heart?

Potassium: Severe electrolyte disturbances such as a very low potassium level can develop in patients who are alcoholic. Severe disturbances of potassium can affect the rhythm of the heart. ...Read more

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When can you say that someone is alcoholic ?

Great question : There are many stages of alcohol use. When someone is an alcoholic, they drink despite serious side effects and may go into withdrawal if they don't have it. As a screening, I use cage questions: have you felt the need to cut down, annoyed by comments on your drinking, guilt over drinking and do you have a drink when you wake as an eye opener. ...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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My friends took 16 paracetamols (500mg) at once 4d ago and felt headache so he took 10 in course of three days , sporty non alcoholic. Is he ok?

My friends took 16 paracetamols (500mg)  at once 4d ago and felt headache so he took 10  in course of three days , sporty non alcoholic. Is he ok?

No: Someone who is ok would not take this quantity of paracetamol. Most likely toxic effects of paracetamol will be limited but for sure he needs to be assessed to determine what prompted this behavior in the first place. ...Read more

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Why do they say now that alcoholics anonymous is kind of outdated and their approach is somehwhat wrong? They have been around and helping forever.

Why do they say now that alcoholics anonymous is kind of outdated and their approach is somehwhat wrong? They have been around and helping forever.

Not Complete Approac: Alcoholic Anonymus has been around since 1935 with a primary purpose to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve Soberiety.It has helped many alcoholics over the years. It is not a complete approach to alcoholics,it helps some but not all and success rate is low.and has been replaced with traditional rehab programme which treats the withdrawl and anxiety associated with it,some people need ...Read more

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Would you say it is uncommon for alcoholics to have a porn addiction?

Would you say it is uncommon for alcoholics to have a porn addiction?

Cross-addiction: Many people w one addiction have multiple addictions. Any substance or behavior that activates the pleasure circuits in the brain can be addictive & is it is not safe for someone in recovery from any addiction to play w other commonly addictive substances or behaviors. Kind of like a water leak, which will find its way to the water table even if it has to go miles out of its way to get there. ...Read more

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Husband who's an alcoholic with mild cirrhosis and drinks half gallon a day, throws up every day. he says it's because he gets ''worked up'. why?

Husband who's an alcoholic with mild cirrhosis and drinks half gallon a day, throws up every day. he says it's because he gets ''worked up'. why?

Addiction : Studies show alcohol is s highly addictive substance people use to self treat stress, anxiety and depression. There are more healthy ways. Convince your husband that he deserves better in life. It affects your life and all your family and friends as well. Convince him to try rehab if possible or at least see an MD for alternative stress reduction strategies. Consult me if I can help please. ...Read more

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Long-time alcoholic says he can't urinate or defecate. Does it really get that bad?

Long-time alcoholic says he can't urinate or defecate. Does it really get that bad?

Yes: Alcoholism unchecked harms physical and mental health. However, only a medical evaluation can determine more precise cause of urinary tract or bowel problems. Every alcoholic's health decline is somewhat different. See: http://niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol-health/alcohols-effects-body ...Read more

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Daily supplement says don't take with alcoholic beverages. Can i drink later though?

Daily supplement says don't take with alcoholic beverages. Can i drink later though?

I never understand: why people who ask if it's ok to drink never say HOW MUCH they are drinking HOW OFTEN. I guess I actually do understand - it is because they are drinking too much, too often. If you are talking about 1-2 social drinks on an occasion after taking your supplement (what kind, for what purpose?) it probably doesn't matter, but if you are getting drunk, then DON'T. ...Read more