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Alcohol-Dependence


Generally there are 8 ways of Alcohol drinking
  • Social Drinking: Drinking small amounts occasionally
  • Heavy Drinking: Drinking above safe level
  • Problem Drinking (harmful): Drinking alcohol despite having problems due to it like physical, social or at workplace
  • Alcohol Dependence (Addiction)
  • Liver problem
  • Inability to go to work due to alcohol habit
  • Spending more on Alcohol than one can afford
  • Problem in relationship at family and work places

Addiction (Alcohol dependences)
Dependences is an overwhelming desire to drink alcohol and developing of withdrawal symptoms upon stopping

Alcohol with Drawl
Symptoms seen on stopping alcohol
  • Feeling sick
  • Trembling
  • Sweating
  • Craving for alcohol
  • Feeling awful
Detoxification: Is taking short course of medicines which helps to prevent withdrawal symptoms when drinking alcohol stopped

Recovery
Accepting that there is problem with drinking alcohol is the big step to recovery

Medication
  • Anti craving Medicines: Reduce the craving for Alcohol
  • Anti Abuse medicines: Prevents person from taking alcohol by causing unpleasant reaction if alcohol is taken
Therapies
  • Craving Management
  • Cue's Management
  • Motivation Enhancement Therapy
  • AA Meeting
  • Bio-Psycho-Social Education

A Person needs help it found with following
  • Need to drink alcohol everyday
  • Strong desire to drink
  • Drink alcohol often
  • Drink early first thing in the morning
  • Spending time in activities where alcohol is available
  • Neglect other interest or pleasure because of Alcohol
  • Need to drink more alcohol to get the same feeling

Intriguing facts
  • I can stop if I want to,
  • I can cope,
  • I can stop at any time……..are signs of denial
  • Earlier the help , lesser the damage better the recovery
  • In 85% of the domestic violence the husbands were alcoholic
  • Safe limits of alcohol 1 unit of alcohol = ½ pint of beer=25 ml (quarter) of pub measure of spirits )
  • Many harmful drinkers are not dependant and they can stop if they want to with counseling and help
  • 10 to 15% of people who drinks alcohol develop dependence
  • 20 % of absenteeism and 40 % of accidents at
   


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