Alcoholism

Below you will find more information about Alcoholism from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Alcoholism it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Alcoholism and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Alcoholism comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.

Definition

Alcoholism is drinking alcoholic beverages at a level that obstruct with physical health, mental health, and social, family, or job responsibilities. It is a progressive medical condition that encourages alcohol dependency. You may be fascinated with alcohol and unable to control how much you drink.

Diagnosis

All doctors should ask their patients about their drinking. Physical examination is carried out to identify physiological problems associated with alcoholism.

Treatment

Most treatments focus on helping people discontinue their alcohol intake, followed up with life training and/or social support in order to help them resist alcohol consumption temptations. Detoxification approaches and techniques are implemented with combination of supplementary approaches including supportive therapy, self-help groups, and ongoing establishment of coping strategies.

Symptoms and Signs

Signs of alcoholism and alcohol abuse include: Being unable to limit the amount of alcohol you drink, not remembering conversations or commitments, sometimes referred to as "blacking out", building a tolerance to alcohol so that you need an increasing number of drinks to feel alcohol's effects.

Causes

Psychological factors may include: A need for anxiety relief, conflict in relationships, depression, and low self-esteem. Social factors include: Ease of getting alcohol, social acceptance of alcohol use, stressful lifestyle, and peer pressure.

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