Medical Conditions That Can Be Caused by Alcoholism

Medical Conditions That Can Be Caused by Alcoholism

Drinking large amounts of alcohol in a single sitting can spike blood pressure

Many people enjoy consuming alcohol in social situations, but some people consume it somewhat regularly, often to relieve stress. When people consume alcohol, they usually do not consider the possible health results of doing so, but this activity can lead to a number of medical conditions, especially for alcoholics who frequently drink large amounts. It is important to understand what medical conditions can be caused by alcoholism, and a few of them include hepatitis, cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension, dementia, cancer and depression. Read more

What Are the Criteria for Alcoholism?

What Are the Criteria for Alcoholism?

Alcoholism refers to a person who is physically and psychologically dependent on alcohol

The terms “binge drinking,” “alcohol abuse” and “alcoholism” are often used interchangeably to describe a person who has a problem with alcohol use. However, these terms do not describe the same thing, although they often describe a person with an unhealthy preoccupation with alcohol. If you see any of these signs in yourself or someone you love, it is a red flag to warn you to get help soon. Read more

When Depressants and PTSD Mix

When Depressants and PTSD Mix

Many people with PTSD self-medicate with alcohol

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that is triggered after a person experiences or sees a traumatic event. When faced with trauma, some people cannot process their thoughts and feelings about the event and stay stuck in the terror of the experience for weeks, months or even years. Common causes of PTSD include:

  • Engaging in battle during a military conflict
  • Being raped or molested
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Physical assault
  • Car accident
  • Natural disaster (tornado, flood, hurricane, etc.)

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Tell-Tale Signs of a Functional Alcoholic

Tell-Tale Signs of a Functional Alcoholic

Drinking large quantities of alcohol without getting intoxicated is a sign of functional alcoholism

Many California residents think of alcoholics as homeless, jobless and in a generally disheveled state. However, countless alcoholics function well at jobs and in family environments, their problem unbeknown to their loved ones. Functional alcoholism is quite difficult to spot, because people can maintain their lifestyle fairly well even with this problem. They may have jobs, a good education and loving friends and family. Most of these people are not even thought of as alcoholics, because of their achievements. However, this attitude only leads to denial, and it makes it even more difficult for alcoholics to accept treatment when they really need it. Read more

The Effects of Drinking and Hangovers on Job Performance

The Effects of Drinking and Hangovers on Job PerformanceIt is extremely noticeable when fellow coworkers come to work drunk.  Not only is their speech slurred and reaction time reduced, but they also place others’ lives in harm by not being able to properly follow work instructions, especially in manufacturing.  The same goes for individuals suffering from a hangover; everyone notices a change in behavior and working ability.  Read more

Substance-Induced Bipolar Disorder

Substance-Induced Bipolar DisorderDrug addiction can produce symptoms similar to those of bipolar disorder. Because many drugs of abuse work in the brain to alter brain chemicals, a person who is addicted to drugs may experience both manic and depressive episodes while dealing with addiction. Those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder have alternating manic, depressive, and mixed times based on their current brain chemistry. Understanding the symptoms of bipolar disorder and how they relate to drug addiction can help those dealing with addiction know what to expect and how to cope with this aspect of their recovery. Read more

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet Lag

Substance Abuse as a Remedy for Chronic Jet LagDesynchronosis, the medical term for jet lag, is a temporary physiological condition epitomized by fatigue, insomnia, headaches, irritability, anxiety, dehydration and other potential symptoms. Jet lag is classified as a circadian rhythm sleep disorder, and it is triggered by trans-meridian (east to west, or vice versa) air travel over multiple time zones. Each person has an internal clock within the hypothalamus, and rapidly passing through multiple time zones forces the body to adjust. This might take a day or two for the average person, but those who regularly travel for work can suffer chronic jet lag as the body constantly plays catch up. Drinking alcohol the day before, during or after the flight can contribute to jet lag through dehydration and disrupted sleep. Moreover, travelers who use alcohol and drugs to self-medicate chronic jet lag often develop more serious health problems. Read more

Alcohol Abuse Rates in European Countries

Alcohol Abuse Rates in European CountriesIf California residents move to Europe or are traveling in a European country, you should be well informed of the threats you could face regarding alcohol. Alcohol abuse is prevalent in the US, but in Europe it is even more widespread. When you are in Europe, alcohol abuse will be even more of a temptation than it is back home, so you must avoid abusing this debilitating substance. Alcohol abuse only on occasion will put you at risk of developing alcoholism, experiencing alcohol poisoning or dealing with another problem associated with alcohol abuse. Therefore, you should avoid alcohol abuse at all costs, and you should determine how to safeguard yourself from any potential for relapse, if you are recovering from addiction. Read more

Dangers of Using Aspirin and Drinking

Dangers of Using Aspirin and DrinkingExcessive use of aspirin and alcohol can lead to detrimental health risks, overdose, and even death. While aspirin does have positive medical benefits, the drug can be harmful if used on a daily basis. The potential health risks of drinking excessive or frequent amounts of alcohol are more well-known than those of aspirin, but what most people do not know is the significant dangers of using aspirin with alcohol consumption. Read more

What If Alcohol Detox Is Too Painful?

What If Alcohol Detox Is Too Painful?According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), symptoms of alcohol withdrawal (AW) may range in severity from mild tremors to massive convulsions. Even mild withdrawal symptoms can cause physical discomfort and emotional pain. In severe cases withdrawal symptoms may, in fact, be life-threatening.
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