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Doctor insights on: Why Do Alcoholics Hide Bottles

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Do you think having to have a bottle of champaine a night would be considered an alcoholic?

Do you think having to have a bottle of champaine a night would be considered an alcoholic?

Depends: That level of use defines problem drinking with alcoholism being defined by other criteria. However, more than 50% of people drinking this much do meet criteria for alcohol dependence. ...Read more

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I drink a bottle of wine 14% nearly every night as if stuck to recommended units you may as well not drink, I'm not an alcoholic, I feel fine so is ok?

I drink a bottle of wine 14% nearly every night as if stuck to recommended units you may as well not drink, I'm not an alcoholic, I feel fine so is ok?

Problem drinking: If you are consuming 1 bottle of wine by yourself daily, you definitely meet the definition of problem drinking and likely are dependent on alcohol. The phrasing of your question suggests that 1) you are tolerant of alcohol and 2) someone is concerned about your drinking and the effects it has on you. Both are concerning for addiction. Please consider consulting with a physician in person for help ...Read more

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Someone I know drank over 30 bottles of beer. Is he an alcoholic?

Someone I know drank over 30 bottles of beer. Is he an alcoholic?

Highly likely he is: Although you diagnose alcohol problems not strictly by how much someone is drinking and more by how much harm it is doing to their life, nobody can drink 30 beers in the course of a drinking episode without being HIGHLY tolerant to alcohol (it is equivalent to 1 1/2 liters of vodka). Anyone who tolerates that has to be LOTS drinking daily or close to it, and likely has the associated problems. ...Read more

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What can I do if my mom drinks a bottle of wine a night, is she an alcoholic?

What can I do if my mom drinks a bottle of wine a night, is she an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: I am sorry but I can't diagnose anyone over the internet. Unless it is a minibottle of wine, this is excessive use. It would be in her best interest to see her physician for a comprehensive evaluation to include her alcohol use. Alcoholics anonymous may be beneficial for her. ...Read more

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Is drinking 1-2 bottles of 42 proof vodka a day considered being an alcoholic?

Size?: Airline mini bottle size or larger? What you describe sounds quite worrisome and warrants medical evaluation. ...Read more

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I like to drink half a bottle of whiskey every evening--does that make me an alcoholic?

I like to drink half a bottle of whiskey every evening--does that make me an alcoholic?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous and see if it fits. ...Read more

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How long can a person function as an alcoholic drinking bottle of vodka a day? Years? Very worried

How long can a person function as an alcoholic drinking bottle of vodka a day? Years? Very worried

Alcoholism: Needs to be addressed or the person will destroy his/her body, mind, family, and spirit. If you are the loved one of an alcoholic, please consider going to AlAnon meetings. They will help you keep yourself together no matter what your loved one is doing. It's also a good example. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I drink 2-3 bottles of (500 ml) strong beer three times a week. Is this ok? Am I alcoholic?

Probably not: If the drinking is causing any problems for you, e.g., trouble with your friends or family, and you drink anyhow, you would be an alcoholic. If the drinking does cause any problems for you, than you are not an alcoholic. ...Read more

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What can I tell a person with type 2 diabetes, who may also be an alcoholic, about alcohol's affect on blood sugar? Specifically, a bottle of wine...

What can I tell a person with type 2 diabetes, who may also be an alcoholic, about alcohol's affect on blood sugar? Specifically, a bottle of wine...

Alcohol is detriment: Alcohol metabolizes like carbohydrate and that is a diabetic's problem: carb metabolism. To drink is to poison the system for them. In addition, alcohol causes pancreatitis, or inflammation of the gland that makes insulin, thus reducing it's ability to function well. They should abstain... ...Read more

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Is it ok to drink non alcoholic sparkling wine at 11 weeks pregnant? After my husband bought the bottle I saw it has. 5% alcohol.

Is it ok to drink non alcoholic sparkling wine at 11 weeks pregnant? After my husband bought the bottle I saw it has. 5% alcohol.

Alcohol/pregnancy: It is ok. In some countries pregnant ladies drink even more without significant problems. ...Read more

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I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have been drinking non-alcoholic ginger beer (26g of ginger/bottle!) daily. Is this likely to cause problems?

I'm 9 weeks pregnant and have been drinking non-alcoholic ginger beer (26g of ginger/bottle!) daily. Is this likely to cause problems?

Non alcoholic: Even though your beverage is labeled with the word beer, it is non alcoholic and therefore safe in pregnancy. The amount of ginger that you are getting is also safe in pregnancy, and maybe even stay off some morning sickness. Good luck with your pregnancy, continue good habits. ...Read more

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Why would my husband hide styrofoam cups? Does this have to do with his diabetes? Alcohalic consumption?

Why would my husband hide styrofoam cups? Does this have to do with his diabetes? Alcohalic consumption?

Ask Him: Ask him directly. If you are concerned about possible alcoholism, you need to be very aggressive in getting him the care he needs. It's possible that this is a nervous disorder, like some sort of obsessive compulsive disorder, but more information is necessary in order to help you with this. Good luck. Try your best getting the answer from him directly. ...Read more

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What makes one an alcoholic?

What makes one an alcoholic?

Its causes problems: Alcoholic is actually not a medical term, however people in aa call themselves alcoholics because for some reason or another alcohol causes problems in their life, health, relationships, legal trouble. Maybe they were just done having it rule their lives, it kept them stuck, from realizing their dreams, maybe they were robbed of their mind, body and spirit. Unfortunately some never see this. ...Read more

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Alcoholic dimentia symptoms?

Alcoholic dimentia symptoms?

Confabulate: One of the manifestations is korsakoff psychosis, characterized by confabulation. ...Read more

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How do I know if I'm an alcoholic?

How do I know if I'm an alcoholic?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of alcoholics anonymous and see if it fits. ...Read more

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How could you define an alcoholic?

How could you define an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: An alcoholic is a man or a woman who suffers from alcoholism - they have a distinct physical desire to consume alcohol beyond their capacity to control it, regardless of all rules of common sense. Signs of alcoholism are drinking alone, drinking in secret.
Not being able to limit alcohol. Blacking out. Trouble with the law, relationships or work due to drinking ...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 don't always understand, and alanon can help reduce this. Don't nag-not helpful. ...Read more

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Can alcoholic cravings be hereditary?

Can alcoholic cravings be hereditary?

Absolutely: Alcoholic tendencies run in families. (type two alcoholism) it is unclear if it its a tendency to develop abnormal craving or an inability to inhibit behavior. However, since most of the identified behavior is substance related, I suspect the former. ...Read more

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Do alcoholics stop and restart a lot?

Yes: Many alcoholics have "gone on the wagon" many times. ...Read more

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How can someone become an alcoholic?

Alcoholism: Alcohol becomes a priority in life. They spend significant time obtaining, using or getting over effects of alcohol. Additionally, alcohol or it's effects may prevent them from family, recreational, occupational or other activities. There body develops a tolerance to alcohol. It takes more alcohol over time to get the same effect. They may drink more or for longer than intends. It impairs them. ...Read more

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I am an alcoholic. How can I get help?

Contact: Your family doctor or local aa (alcoholics anonymous). ...Read more

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What causes a person to get alcoholic?

What causes a person to get alcoholic?

Alcoholism is a: Progressive condition that starts out as novel drinking, then habitual drinking, then compulsive drinking. It can be chronic or binge in nature and can take weeks or years to develop this pattern. Some say its a bad habit (Rational Recovery) while others say its a disease (Alcoholics Anonymous). Go to a psychologist or perhaps an AA meeting for more information. ...Read more

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Does tough love work with an alcoholic?

Not always: Nothing works in every situation. Many experts indicate that an alcoholic must "hit bottom" or have nothing else to lose before they are willing to seek help. There may come a time when family and friends have done all they can and have to sever ties with the alcoholic to prevent themselves from being harmed. ...Read more

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How to know is someone is an alcoholic?

Depends: Some people with alcoholism are almost always intoxicated, lose family and friends, can't hold a job, and have every area of their life ruined by their drinking. Other people are very skilled at hiding it, drink alone and can still maintain work and family, but usually it catches up to them. It is less a matter of how much or how often people drink than what bad things alcohol does in their lives ...Read more

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How could I get sober if I'm alcoholic?

How could I get sober if I'm alcoholic?

Stop drinking: First and foremost, and this can be dangerous in smoke drinkers - if you get morning shakes or severe anxiety, you may need medical help. Use of support groups, including aa, smart recovery, women for sobriety, lifering secular recovery and others. Many people need formal treatment programs which are available in most places. Talk to your doctor about a referral. Your family may need its own help. ...Read more

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Can you be fired for being an alcoholic?

Can you be fired for being an alcoholic?

Good question: Can you be fired for having a disease. They answer would be no, you can't, that discrimination. Can you be fired for your behavior, absolutely. Alcoholism is a disease, yet many alcoholics have done horrific things, they have killed people while driving drunk, there are consequences for this. Having alcoholism explains a lot of bad behavior, however it does not excuse it. ...Read more

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How to determine when you are an alcoholic?

How to determine when you are an alcoholic?

You probably don't.: Denial is part of the disorder - so it takes a professional or someone who has experienced it to know. Do your drink more than intended? Do you spend a lot of time drinking or under the effects of alcohol? Have you tried to quit or cut down unsuccessfully? Has your tolerance level ^ed? Do you allow alcohol to put you in harms way. Does alcohol interfere with your relationships or other activities. ...Read more