Patient discussion about aca

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Q. What is the difference between alcoholism, alcohol abuse and alcohol dependent?

AAlcoholism is the high carve for drinking without caring for negative results it will have on physical, mental, emotional and social life. A binge drinker who continues to drink even though the problem has started in his normal life will lead to alcohol abuse and he may start the journey for alcoholism. In alcohol dependence the drinker steps up from the alcohol abuse and the crave increases in spite of the biggest problem on head. We can say that alcohol dependence is alcoholism.

Q. My son who is an alcohol abuse is undergoing treatment?

My son who is an alcohol abuse is undergoing treatment. He stops his medicines in the middle of the treatment and restart taking alcohol. Doctor had warned to stop consuming alcohol in excess. With heavy drink he comes late at night and it frightens me. He drinks alcohol very badly and behaves violent also. He says he cannot stop. I am getting worried and was finding some information about the harm effects the excess drinking can bring to him?
AA) He must stop or reduce alcohol now. Allow him to drink in house so that he can be safe from some other dangerous situations which can mess his life. Once in home you can deal him well. At least you can make him to have his medicines. The adverse effects of alcohol consumption are liver damage, anemia, nerve damage, and pancreatitis. These can ruin his life.

Q. Does alcohol drinking act as a catalyst of a problem?

Does alcohol drinking act as a catalyst of a problem? My father has been battling depression and anxiety for many years and he used to drink in the past. Recently his behavior associated with drinking is visible and I strongly suspect that he is drinking again. Generally we get silly after drinking but my dad`s perception are altered in a negative way….
A1Yes that’s true… when I drink my depression gets amplified. And this almost happens on the issues which hurts me. Sometimes it becomes self destructive. One should even look that it doesn’t harm anyone. Keep him under observation for 3 days and if the problem persists, then you must take him to a doctor.
A2Alcohol is a depressant, so it can and often does make depression worse. if it's done regularly - it can have devastating affect on depression.

Q. What should I get checked for after a year of alcoholism?

I'm a little worried about what damage I might have caused during my little drinking escapade and would like to know what I should get checked out. I had a bit of abdominal pain in my stomach area sometimes after drinking so I am concerned mostly what might have caused that. Any info is appreciated. Thanks.
A1Thanks to all.
I appreciate your help..
A2you probably have an ulcer and there is most likely damage to your liver. because of the diet that alcoholics live off you're probably out on essential vitamins and minerals which could affect any organ in your body. i suggest paying for your mistakes literally and getting a full physical. tell your doctor you have been binge drinking for over a year and go from there. hopefully everything works out okay for you.
A3alcohol related disorders include liver problems hearth disease,hypertension,neuropathy---i also have to add vehicular and industriai accidents,domestic violence,marriage breakdown,and child abuse.alcohol causes irritation of the digestive system, gastritis and ulcers---prolonged alcohol drinking can cause renal failure(you will not be able to urinate----the biggest problem in my mind is fetal alcohol syndrome(when a mother drinks when preg--my advice to you is to be careful-----good luck----mrfoot56

Q. Is holding liquor a sign of a drinking problem?

How can I have a drinking problem if I can hold my liquor? Is holding liquor a sign of a drinking problem?
A1"being able to hold your liquor" is actually the liver gathering forces...let's imagine that our liver is a factory that disables alcohol as a poison. and i have a 100 workers over there. if i'll drink great amount of alcohol my workers will be busy and most of the alcohol will run along in my body. but after a few times i'll hire more workers. then less alcohol will run along my body and i'll disable it fast. same thing in your body.
A2Hello, Anyone who drinks too much liquor in too short a time, with too little in their stomach, or with too little body mass gets drunk. Some people can drink more than others because of genetic factors or because they have built up their tolerance, just like any other drug user. Ironically, “holding your liquor” is actually a sign that you may have a drinking problem.
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