Tuesday September 2nd 2014

alcohol abuse

How is alcohol abused?

September 1st, 2014

Alcohol abuse = excessive drinking. More than one drink per day for women; more than two drinks daily for men. More here on the limits between healthy and unhealth drinking, with a section for your questions at the end.

How can alcohol kill you?

August 28th, 2014

Alcohol can kill you directly or indirectly. Accidents including traffic fatalities, fire, overdose, or injuries are attributed to drinking. But how does alcohol affect body systems? We review here.

Alcohol detox treatment

August 23rd, 2014

Detox from alcohol includes assessment for dependence, use of medications (when necessary) and medical supervision to address symptoms of withdrawal. More on the protocols and treatments during alcohol detox here.

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Alcohol withdrawal signs

August 7th, 2014

Signs of alcohol withdrawal can include sweating, agitation, or irregular heartbeat. But what if alcohol withdrawal becomes seriously complicated by seizures or hallucinations? We review the signs of early and late alcohol withdrawal, and the protocols for acute alcohol withdrawal treatment here.

Tolerance to alcohol

August 3rd, 2014

Those who become alcohol-tolerant require more alcohol to manifest the effects of drinking. The development of tolerance is shown by an increase in the amount of alcohol required to produce the desired effects and can indicate the onset of physical dependence. More on developing tolerance to alcohol here.

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Dependence on alcohol

July 31st, 2014

Alcohol dependence manifests when the central nervous system adapts to the presence of alcohol in the body. People who are dependent on alcohol experience withdrawal symptoms when drinking slows down or stops. More on alcohol dependence here.

Cold turkey alcohol

July 29th, 2014

Doctors recommend that anyone detoxing from alcohol get a full medical assessment first. In fact, going cold turkey off alcohol can put you at risk of harm. More on cold turkey alcohol detox here.

How to tell if you’re an alcoholic

July 26th, 2014

The best way to determine if you are alcoholic is to try to go without alcohol for 30 days. Abstaining for this long can manifest symptoms of psychological dependence on alcohol. More on where to get help for alcohol problems and how to assess substance use disorders here.

Can you get high on buprenorphine?

July 16th, 2014

Buprenorphine does not get you high if you use it the right way. While some opioid naive people may experience euphoric effect on buprenrophine, it does not cause strong side effects. More on buprenorphine and its potential for abuse here.

Mixing methadone with alcohol

July 5th, 2014

Methadone and alcohol are two substances that should not be used together. Dangerous complications including respiratory problems, low blood pressure, a weak heart rate, and coma are possible. More on risks of mixing the two here.

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