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Why are some people more prone to alcoholism than others?

Why are some people more prone to alcoholism than others?

Genetic factors: There is some "genetic predisposition" on children of alcoholics. This may be related to the chemistry of the brain and the centers for pleasure. Also children learn from the behavior of people who surround them. ...Read more

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Dr. Kevin Passer
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Alcoholism (Definition)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol use disorder, is an addiction characterized by increased cravings, consumption, and failed efforts to limit intake of alcohol. As the disease progresses, alcoholics develop increased tolerance and have withdrawal symptoms when they try to stop drinking. They continue to increase the amounts and frequency of alcohol consumption despite exposure to harmful situations, failure to perform daily obligations, and difficulty maintaining relationships. The denial, or inability of the alcoholic to see or admit that their drinking is causing havoc in their lives often makes treatment difficult without the ...Read more


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Is alcoholism all bad?

Is alcoholism all bad?

Nothing Good: Alcoholism damages the body, destroys the liver, weaknes the heart and cause dementia. These are the three major organs to sustain life. It also destroys relationships and work productivity. So I am sorry but i cannot find anything good in this. If you are using alcohol as a sedative or pain reliever there are better alternatives. ...Read more

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What defines alcoholism?

What defines alcoholism?

Addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by tolerance, withdrawal, using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of significant adverse effects on your life. ...Read more

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Is alcoholism a disease?

Is alcoholism a disease?

Yes: It is recognized as a disease by the World Heath Organization, the American Medical Association, and the federal government. ...Read more

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How is alcoholism treated?

How is alcoholism treated?

Multiple ways: To treat alcoholism, there are both inpatient and outpatient programs. Many are run in accord with 12-step philosophy. Visit aa (http://www.Aa.Org) to get an idea. Also there are aftercare recovery groups that teach skills for living without depending on alcohol. Addiction medicine docs can help too ; and psychiatrists to treat conditions that might interfere with your recovery. ...Read more

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What is done for alcoholism?

What is done for alcoholism?

Treatment: Behavior methods have been successful in helping many become sober and reducing risk of relapse. First step is to approach your doctor and assess the impact on your brain and body. Then obtain treatment referrals. ...Read more

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Can alcoholism be inherited?

Can alcoholism be inherited?

Yes: Having one parent with alcoholism increases one's chances of having this problem. Your chances increase if both parents are alcoholic. Being aware of this and avoiding drinking too much will help. It may be best to figure out a way to have a happy life without having to drink at all. There are lots of very happy people who do not drink. (like me). Good luck to you. ...Read more

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How is alcoholism dangerous?

How is alcoholism dangerous?

88,000 deaths: Appoximately 80% of untreated alcoholics die of their disease. Alcohol affects the brain, liver, kidney, stomach. Most common things that kill alcoholics are accidents, alcohol poisoning, suicides, liver disease. ...Read more

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What are signs of alcoholism?

What are signs of alcoholism?

Signs of alcholism: C - have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking? A- have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? G - have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking? E - eye opener: have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover? From: http://alcoholism.About.Com/od/tests/a/tests.Htm. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of alcoholism?

What are symptoms of alcoholism?

Withdrawal and drinking despite negative consequences: When someone drinks depite negative consequences. If alchohol "calls " them and/or they have withdrawal when they stop. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Alcohol Dependence (Definition)

Alcohol dependence is a condition where significant alcohol overuse is accompanied by lifestyle dysfunction and by symptoms of alcohol withdrawal ...Read more