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  1. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor can diagnose alcohol use problems by asking about your medical history and doing a physical exam. Your doctor might do other tests to detect the amount of alcohol in your blood and any damage to your body caused by alcohol.You might be given a mental health assessment to determine whether you have other conditions (such as depression or social anxiety disorder) that commonly occur ...

  2. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - What Increases Your Risk

    You are more at risk for developing alcohol abuse and dependence if you:2, 3Have a family history-this includes a genetic link-of alcohol abuse and were exposed to alcohol in your home as you grew up.Use alcohol at an early age. The younger you are when you first drink alcohol, the higher your risk of developing alcohol use problems later as an adult.Are male. For every woman who develops alcohol

  3. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Topic Overview

    Alcoholism and alcohol dependence and abuse can be devastating. Alcohol abuse means having unhealthy or dangerous drinking habits, such as drinking every day or drinking too much at a time.

  4. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Medications

    Medicines can be used to help treat alcohol abuse and dependence. Some medicines reduce withdrawal symptoms during detoxification. Other medicines help you remain sober during lifelong recovery.Medication ChoicesMedicines most often used to treat withdrawal symptoms during detoxification include:Antianxiety medicines (such as diazepam), which treat withdrawal symptoms such as delirium tremens ...

  5. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Symptoms

    You might not realize that you have a drinking problem. You might not drink every day, or you might not drink large amounts when you do drink. You might go for days or weeks between drinking episodes. Many people say they are "social drinkers" because they do not drink every day. But even if you don't drink very often, it is still possible to be abusing alcohol and to be at risk for becoming ...

  6. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - Frequently Asked Questions

    Learning about alcohol abuse and dependence: What is the difference between alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence? What is the cause? What are the symptoms? What should I know about alcohol? Do older adults have problems with alcohol? What about alcohol abuse and the military? What happens if someone has a mental health problem and an alcohol problem? Being diagnosed: Do I have a drinking problem? ...

  7. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - When to Call a Doctor

    Call or other emergency services for a person who has consumed alcohol and is:Experiencing alcohol poisoning symptoms-such as unconsciousness, seizures, or difficulty breathing-after binge drinking.Having serious withdrawal symptoms, such as confusion and severe trembling. Severe withdrawal symptoms, such as delirium tremens (DTs), can in rare cases lead to death.Thinking or talking about suicide

  8. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - For Family and Friends

    There are different types of support programs available to help you stay sober after you recover from alcohol abuse and dependence.Treatment programs, support groups, and counselingYou can receive ongoing support through aftercare programs, such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). You might want to discuss your need for a particular type of ongoing treatment or support program with your doctor or ...

  9. Alcohol Problems: How to Stop Drinking

    You can take steps today to stop drinking. Your first step might be to see your doctor, contact a support group, or set a date in the near future to stop. While some people can stop drinking on their own, others need medical help to manage the physical process of withdrawal. If you think you have an addiction to alcohol, talk to your doctor about whether you need to withdraw from alcohol under ...

  10. Alcohol Abuse and Dependence - What Happens

    Alcohol abuse or dependence can develop very quickly or gradually over your lifetime. In the beginning, your drinking might not appear to be any different from the way other people drink. Some people drink only occasionally but drink a lot (binge drinkers), which can lead to alcohol abuse. Over time, your drinking might become a way for you to feel normal or to cope with life's problems.People ...

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