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Doctor insights on: Why Are People Referring To Alcoholism As A Disease Not A Lifestyle Choice

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to ...Read more


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Is alcoholism a disease?

Is alcoholism a disease?

Alcoholism a disease: Alcoholism a disease due to: Short Term Health Risks •Motor vehicle crashes, falls, drownings, •Homicide, Suicide, Sexual assaultAlcohol Poisoning •Risky sexual behaviors leading to pregnancy or STD Long Term Health Risks •High blood pressure, Heart disease, Stroke, Liver disease •Cancer of the breast, mouth, throat, esophagus, liver, and colon •Memory problems, DementiaDepression, Anxiety ...Read more

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How can alcoholism be a disease?

How can alcoholism be a disease?

Many reasons: Like heart disease ; diabetes, alcoholism is due to genes ; poor life style choices- diet, no exercise, smoking. Genetics are 50% responsible. Children of alcoholics are 8 x more likely to become alcoholics. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Evidence shows altered neurotransmitter response to alcohol. If one of your family members is alcoholic, you risk surprise addiction to a prescribed pain pill. ...Read more

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What diseases does alcoholism cause?

What diseases does alcoholism cause?

Alcoholism causes: chronic damage to lots of systems, the most notable are kidney and liver--those being the two systems most engaged in eliminating the toxic substances that ethanol becomes (acetaldehyde to acetic acid to acetyl-CoA.). Permanent brain damage (Korsakov's syndrome) can result from chronic exposure to ethanol and its nor-metabolites. Let the body deal with its own ethanol from natural digestion... ...Read more

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Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Help please! is alcoholism a disease?

Yes : As i understand it, the brains of alcoholics process alcohol differently than the brains of those that are not alcoholics. Therefore, they become addicted more quickly and easily and have much more difficulty stopping drinking than others. This is only part of the explanation of alcoholism as there are psychological components, as well. Both md and addictions specialist need to treat together. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if alcoholism is a disease?

Can you tell me if alcoholism is a disease?

Yes it is ...: Just like diabetes and many other conditions, a person can develop alcoholism either because it runs in their family, or because they are exposed to other people, situations or environments that lead them to develop unhealthy behaviors. ...Read more

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What physical diseases can alcoholism cause?

Many: Alcoholism is a chronic and progressive disease in itself. It can cause many areas of difficulty physically, the most common being liver problems, pancreatitis, nutrition related problems, and over time, brain damage. ...Read more

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Can you believe that alcoholism is a disease?

Yes: Like other diseases, alcoholism has strong genetic links- moral weakness does not. Like diabetes, alcoholism requires lifestyle changes, commitment to an entire pattern of living, and sometimes involves the entire family. Alcoholism is a sometimes relapsing brain disease for which successful treatment has been found. Approaches tailored to each patient save lives. Chronic means no quick fix. ...Read more

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Please answer! what physical diseases does alcoholism cause?

Please answer! what physical diseases does alcoholism cause?

Every organ system: in the body is adversely affected by alcohol. It damages the brain, peripheral nerves, heart, liver, immune system, bone marrow, muscles and can cause many different kinds of cancer. It also can cause overdose with respiratory depression, coma and death - particularly when combined with other drugs (tranquillizers, sedatives, pain medicines). It ages the body prematurely. In low doses, it's fine. ...Read more

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Can you please explain why alcoholism is considered a disease?

Many reasons: Like hypertension and diabetes, alcoholism has a genetic component. Alcoholism is a brain disease. Animal models and human evidence shows altered chemical neurotransmitter response to alcohol in alcoholics. Diabetics can't handle sugar, alcoholics can't handle alcohol--never, ever, for the rest of their life. Treatment is available and is successful and is lifelong. Chronic illness requires work! ...Read more

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Please tell me what are common physical diseases that alcoholism causes?

Alcoholism: Alcohol is excess can effect just about any part of the body but the two most common organs injured are the liver and the brain. Alcoholism can lead to liver failure and severe loss and injury to the brain leading to encephalopathy, dementia and even death. ...Read more

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I've heard alcoholism described as an illness/disease. What is the difference?

I've heard alcoholism described as an illness/disease. What is the difference?

Semantics: An illness is a disease. What they mean is that research supports aa's belief that the cause is physiological, like diabetes although there is a psychological component and some learned patterns, an addiction is an illness. If you are addicted you cannot just drink socially now and then. To recover you need to abstain forever. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the main arguments to say that alcoholism is a disease?

Many reasons: Lots of evidence of strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history are much more likely to become alcoholic even if not raised around those relatives. Read kathleen whalen fitzgerald's 1988 book "alcoholism: the genetic inheritance." also, for the brain science about this, see the video "pleasure unwoven, " available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it on youtube. ...Read more

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In your expert opinion, is alcoholism a patterned behavior or a legitimate disease?

Definitely a disease: Alcoholics don't look or feel ill until almost dead, but strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history far more likely to become alcoholic even if not raised around it. See kathleen w fitzgerald's 1988 book "alcoholism: the genetic inheritance." also, for brain science re this, see the video "pleasure unwoven, " available from www.Instituteforaddictionstudy.Com or watch it on youtube. ...Read more

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If someone goes sober after having alcoholism do they always have the alcoholism disease?

A hard question that: Is a matter of opinion and controversy. The 12-step and conventional answer is yes- that anybody who has had alcohol dependency cannot again drink in safety, and for the most part, i agree with that. However, there are some people, particularly those who drank excessively when in teens/20's, who can and do drink socially later, and this may be true of some other people as well. Safest-don't try. ...Read more

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Could you tell me what are arguments for and against the claim that alcoholism is a disease?

Could you tell me what are arguments for and against the claim that alcoholism is a disease?

There is no doubt: It has a very stong genetic component of risk. Once alcohol dependent, individuals suffer withdrawal if they attempt to stop drinking. ...Read more

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Help please! when someone goes sober after having alcoholism do they always have the alcoholism disease?

YES.: Once getting sober, an alcoholic has 2 choices: to be in recovery, or to return to active alcoholism. There is no "cure, " but there are many ways to make life better in recovery. Many also switch addictions to other substances or other addictive behaviors such as food, sex, gambling, shopping, etc. Being in recovery is like walking up a down escalator, need to keep growing to avoid relapse. ...Read more

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Can you tell me when someone goes sober after having alcoholism do they always have the alcoholism disease?

Matter of opinion: 12 step program believers will tell you that it is a lifelong process that the person always has, and is always one drink (or one drug) away from relapse. Other kinds of programs (like smart recovery) do not accept this lifelong concept. The key is remaining abstinent, since the overwhelming majority of alcoholics can not drink socially again. One drink leads to five and ten and fifteen. ...Read more

Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol and any other form of dependence can be thought of as a need to drink, not to feel good, but rather, in an effort ...Read more