April 9, 2012

Alcoholics With Drinking Problems – Signs, Symptoms, And Detox Part 2

Lots of people are referred to an expert drug and alcohol unit for detox. Normally, this is better for those with little home or social support, those with a history of extreme withdrawal symptoms, those with physical illness due to alcohol, and those where previous efforts to quit alcohol have failed.


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The medications used to detoxification in specialist units are a lot the same as GPs prescribe, other than clomethiazole that should just be used in hospitals. Hospital units have a lot more employees and expertise for giving aid and counseling than GPs have. People with serious alcohol related problems might be better off being admitted to hospital for detoxification.

The medicine does not make you quit drinking. You need dedication to stop. The medication just helps you to feel better whilst your body re-adjusts to not having alcohol. Even after the time of detoxification you might still have a little craving for alcohol. Thus you will still need self-control and coping techniques for when you feel lured to drink.

Other medication sometimes used for alcohol issues
* Vitamins, specially vitamin B1 (thiamine), are often prescribed if you are alcohol dependent – particularly during detox. This is because a lot of people who’re dependent on alcohol don’t eat properly and may lack certain vitamins. Deficiencies of vitamin B1 is the most common. Deficiencies of this vitamin may cause severe brain conditions known as Wernicke’s encephalopathy and Korsakoff’s psychosis.

* Acamprosate and naltrexone are medicines that can help to relieve alcohol craving. Either of these might be prescribed to many people after a successful detox to assist them to stay off alcohol.

* Disulfiram is another medicine which is sometimes used following a successful detoxification. Once you take disulfiram you get very unpleasant symptoms if you drink any alcohol (such as flushing, vomiting, palpitations and headache). Thus, in effect, the medicine works as a discouraging factor for when you’re influenced to drink. It can help many people to stay off alcohol.

* Olanzapine, haloperidol and lorazepam are all used in treating delirium tremens.

After detoxification and staying off alcohol
A lot of people who successfully detox return to drinking heavily again at some point. There are numerous reasons why this may happen. It is believed that you’re less likely to go back to drinking heavily if you’ve counseling, or other support to aid you to stay off alcohol. Your physician, practice nurse, or local drug and alcohol unit may provide ongoing support when you are trying to stay off alcohol. Self help groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous have also assisted a lot of people to stay off alcohol.

If you do go back to heavy drinking, you may always try again to quit or cut down. Some people take many attempts before they quit drinking, or keep within the safe limits, for good.

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April 2, 2012

Alcoholics With Drinking Problems – Indications, Symptoms, And Detoxing Part 1

What can assist me to decrease or quit alcohol consumption? – No one can make you quit or decrease drinking. You should be devoted and determined to do it yourself. But, it could be challenging, and one or more of the following might help…


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Realising the issue
Some people reject to themselves that they’ve a problem. The type of thoughts that some people deceive themselves with include: “I can manage”, “I am only drinking what my mates drink”, “I can stop at any time”. Accepting that you might have a problem, and looking for aid where needed, are often the greatest steps to decreasing alcohol, or cutting it out completely.

Self help
Some people are assisted by books, web sites, leaflets and their own determination. It is thought that about one in three people who have a difficulty with alcohol return to reasonable drinking, or stop drinking, without any specialist. Look at end of this leaflet for a list of resources.

Talking treatments
Lots of people are helped by guidance and advice from a doctor or practice nurse. Sometimes a referral to a specially skilled counsellor may be recommended. They may help you to talk through the problems in more detail and aid you to plan how to control your drinking.

Often, more extensive talking treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), inspirational interviewing, or inspirational enhanced therapy may be appropriate. For example, cognitive behavioural therapy enables you to change particular ways that you think, feel and behave, and may assist many people with alcohol issues.

Talking treatments are specially useful for children with alcohol related problems who’re aged between 10 and 17. Children might also be offered family therapy in which other members of their family might be involved in a treatment course.

Treating some other illnesses

Alcohol might seem to be a rapid answer to the alleviation of stress, panic, depression, or other mental health issues. However, the effect is short lived and drinking a lot of alcohol often makes these conditions even worse. If you think that these conditions are the underlying problem then see your doctor. Medication and talking treatments such as CBT usually work well for these conditions, and are a much better long-term option than extreme drinking.

Detoxification (detox)
This is an option if you are alcohol-dependent.

What’s detoxification?
Detoxification, or detox, involves taking a short course of medicines which helps to prevent withdrawal indications when you stop alcohol consumption. Benzodiazepine medicines like chlordiazepoxide or diazepam are used for detox.

Many GPs are very happy to prescribe for detox from alcohol. A standard plan is to prescribe a high dose of medicine for the 1st day that you quit alcohol consumption. You then gradually decrease the dose over the next 5-7 days. This usually prevents, or drastically reduces, the withdrawal signs or symptoms.

You have to agree not to drink any alcohol when you are taking the detox medication. Your GP or practice nurse will usually see you regularly during the time of detox. Furthermore, during this time, support from friends or family can be of great help.

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March 26, 2012

Alcoholism And Problem Drinking – Signs And Symptoms Part 2

Welcome back to part 2 of “Alcoholism and Drinking Problems“, so let’s get started with an understanding of what the the signs of alcohol dependence are…


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If you’re alcohol dependent you have a strong desire for alcohol. Sometimes the desire is overpowering. You’ve huge difficulty in controlling your drinking. Also, your body becomes used to a lot of alcohol. Therefore, you may start to develop withdrawal symptoms 3-8 hours after your last drink as the effect of the alcohol wears off. Thus, even if you want to quit drinking, it is often challenging due to the withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms include: feeling sick, trembling, sweating, craving for alcohol, and just feeling awful. Convulsions occur in some cases.

For that reason, you drink alcohol regularly and depend on it to prevent withdrawal symptoms. If you do not have any more alcohol, withdrawal signs or symptoms normally last 5-7 days but a craving for alcohol might persist longer. The seriousness of dependence can vary. It may develop gradually and become more serious. You might be developing alcohol dependence if you:-

* Sometimes have a strong desire to drink alcohol and need a drink every day.

* Drink alone often.

* Require a drink to stop trembling (the shakes).

* Drink early, or first thing in the morning (to avoid withdrawal signs or symptoms).

* Spend a lot of your time in activities where alcohol is available. For instance, if you spend a lot of time at the social club or pub.

* Overlook other interests or pleasures due to alcohol drinking.

If you are alcohol dependent you’re usually tolerant to the impact of alcohol. This means that you need more alcohol to notice any effects and to become drunk. This can make things worse as it can make you drink even more.

If you’re alcohol dependent you may get drunk frequently. However, you may not get drunk. You might drink small amounts regularly to keep any withdrawal indications away. You might then be able to hide your issue from others. However, you are still at severe risk of developing conditions because of heavy drinking (cancers, liver damage, Delirium DTs, etc).

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March 19, 2012

Alcoholism And Problem Drinking – Signs And Symptoms Part 1

Alcoholism is a word that lots of people use to mean alcohol dependence (alcohol addiction). Lots of people are problem drinkers without having to be reliant on alcohol. If you’re alcohol dependent then detoxing (detox) may help you to quit drinking.


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Issues with drinking alcohol
There are roughly four levels of alcohol drinking – social, heavy, problem and dependent. As a rule, each level increases the risk to your safety and health.

Social drinking
Most people drink some alcohol. But, even a tiny amount of alcohol may be hazardous if you drive, run machinery, or take some types of medication.

Heavy (dangerous) drinking

This is drinking over the suggested safe limits which are:

* Men should drink no more than 21 units of alcohol per week and no more than four units in any one day.

* Women should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol each week, and no more than three units in any single day. (Expectant women shouldn’t drink at all.)

A single unit of alcohol is in about half a pint of beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine, or one small pub measure of spirits.

Drinking over the suggested safe limit is harmful. That’s, it increases your risk of developing diseases such as cirrhosis (liver damage), damage to the pancreas, particular cancers, heart disease, sexual problems, and other conditions. About 1 in 3 men, and about 1 in 7 women, drink over the safe limit. Normally, the more you drink, the greater the risk.

For instance, if a man drinks 5 units each day (not significantly over the suggested limit) then, on average, he doubles his risk of getting liver disease, raised blood pressure level, some cancers, and of having a severe death.

Problem (harmful) drinking

Here you continue to drink heavily even though you have caused harm, or are causing harm or issues to yourself, family, or society. For example, you may:-

* Have cirrhosis or another alcohol related condition.

* Binge drink and get drunk very often. This may cause you to lose time off work, or act in an anti-social way when you drink. But note: not everyone with problem drinking binges or gets drunk.

Many people with an alcohol-related condition like cirrhosis drink small amounts often but don’t get drunk.

* Waste your money on alcohol than you can afford.

* Have problems with your relationships or at the office because of your drinking.

Many problem drinkers aren’t reliant on alcohol. They might quit drinking without withdrawal symptoms if they wanted to. But, for one reason or another, they still drink seriously.

Alcohol dependence (addiction)
This is a severe situation where drinking alcohol takes a high-priority in your life. You drink every day, and often need to drink to prevent unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. In the united kingdom, about 2 in 100 ladies and about 6 in 100 men are alcohol dependent.

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March 12, 2012

How To Quit Alcoholism And How Alcohol Can Confuse You

How to quit alcoholism can be a very confusing question if alcohol has a complete control over your life, meaning your decision making condition is in an continual state of confusion, and will not take into consideration the negative issues involved with alcoholism.

If it is that alcohol brings about such a number if negative issues, why is it not only legal, but in some cases accepted?

Although it is that we have placed a limit on what we as a society will tolerate, we still allow the use and consumption of a potentially unhealthy, dangerous, and even deadly substance when consumed at sometimes even moderate amounts. So why is it that there is even the mixed message that exists in our society?

The fact is the alcohol has spread from coast to coast like a deadly virus and it is not only found in pubs and bars, but also in restaurants, at sporting events, night clubs, hotels and practically anywhere which involves groups of people under one roof. The sale of alcohol is not only an exclusive right for liquor stores and off licenses, meaning that almost anyone has access to this lethal substance and at almost any time during the day.

Now with a simple trip to the grocery store, or at a stop to get gas at the local convenience store, an adult can make a legal purchase of anything from cans to bottles, cases and in some locations even kegs of whatever alcoholic beverages they may want.

Advertising is also a big culprit in marketing alcohol into what we can view as a cool thing to do and if you really open your eyes, alcohol has invaded our lives. You can find alcohol advertising in sporting events, on the TV, in the cinema, in magazines and on publicity boards. The market is basically saturated with alcohol and all in the cause of making us think that alcohol is socially acceptable.

Warnings have not stopped alcohol usage, so we need to create other deterrents in addition to the ones currently in place. We as a society can choose not to glamorize alcohol, in turn making it less “cool.” We can say no to advertisements and commercials promoting alcohol usage. The message can be sent out emphasizing and supporting a healthy and safe lifestyle free from the use of alcohol, and finally manage to quit alcoholism.

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January 16, 2012

Support To End Alcoholism – How You Can Quit Drinking Quickly

I have paid a lot of attention recently to just what the symptoms of alcoholism are, how an alcoholic can recognize that they are indeed addicts and not just heavy drinkers and also just how much damage alcohol can cause to family relations as well as causing a negative effect to social behavior leading to complete isolation to the rest of the world.



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Alcohol addiction has taken over many lives and infused the drinker with the belief that only through drinking can you survive your day. Giving in to this way of thinking is a path to disaster as you will always be reliant on the bottle for your sense of self.

Once this point is reached in an alcoholics life, it always appears to signal alarm bells from within, which is probably the last chance there is to actually quit drinking alcohol, so this is where I want to help in giving advice for those first few days before and after quitting drinking.

Your decision to quit drinking will affect not only you but your loved ones as well and it is these people that I want you to keep in the forefront of your mind during this process. Decide on a date to quit, one that is reasonable, and as each day gets closer you need to reduce the amount you are drinking so that on your chosen date you will be ready to give it up.

If it is feasible you should try to take the week off work during that first week that you quit, even have your doctor give you a slip stating you missed work for medical reasons. Getting out of bed will be difficult the first few days and I want you to stay in bed if you want to while your body detoxifies.

When you need support don’t hesitate to call the people who want to see you succeed. If your first few days are simple don’t fall into the trap of getting over confident; having that celebratory drink often leads right back to the bottle.

Every day is crucial during the first 3 weeks and you will meet a different challenge every day, so make sure that you take the necessary time to get back to work, and if you continue to feel the same anxieties in life then you may need to take difficult decisions that will relieve you of any stress or pressure. Remember only you are your family are important, so even if it means reducing your standard of living drastically it is your life and future we are talking about.

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January 9, 2012

10 Tips To Help Quit Drinking

The decision to quit drinking is a really hard one, so let’s take a look at ten useful tips and hints that will help you to walk down the path of a life without depending on alcohol.

Stop1) Undertake it for your own benefit – You need to want it to be successful. Your good friends, family, or whoever might be suggesting that you stop shouldn’t be the only element in your final decision to quit. If you do not undertake it for yourself, you’ll only find yourself starting out with a setback.

2) The Benefits of Physical Activity – Many studies have shown that people who keep fit whilst attempting to remain sober are usually unlikely to backslide. Exercising tends to reduce tension whilst keeping an individual in a far more peaceful state, and that is a real benefit when making an effort towards sobriety.

3) Reward yourself – Sometimes men and women get so concentrated on establishing targets, that they fail to treat themselves for the ones they have already reached. Incentives are necessary to recuperate, as they really encourage you to stick to any sobriety plan you’re on. So the more frequent the incentive, the more effective quitting drinking becomes.

4) Do not guilt trip yourself when unsuccessful – Getting irritated with yourself for a momentary drawback will be non productive, and will make people more prone to not give up. If you do slip, just forget it and move on. This is alcohol addiction we’re talking about here, one of the greatest problems that you are ever going to have to deal with.

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Get Outside Support – No matter whether it’s Alcoholics Anonymous, some type of therapy, or another established technique to get sober, be sure to find something beyond your normal span of thinking and viewpoints. Doing it alone is in all possibility not the very best idea, as a lot of your own thoughts and ideas might very well have been a contributing factor to your alcohol dependency during the early stages.

6) Spend as little time by yourself as you possibly can – For single people this can be a tall order. If you’re unable to surround yourself with people, go outside more as this will help give you a fresh new mind-set with regards to daily life.

7) Make an alcohol free day to day program – Wake up earlier, include some physical activity in your schedule, the possibilities are endless. After all, to end drinking alcohol is to create a clean beginning on its own.

8) Defeating alcoholism is a distinct challenge for everyone that will come with its very own steps and timetable. There just aren’t any rules or time limits for the change from alcohol addiction to sobriety.

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For those who do have a problem with alcohol, then the very best action will be the first one mentioned. Decide to quit drinking today and you’re be closer than before to an alcohol free life.

10) Just what support do you need to stop drinking today? – Make sure you take a peek at an amazing FREE guide to quit drinking titled A Practical Approach To Understanding And Dealing With Alcoholism, which reveals a personalized plan for you to remove alcohol from your life permanently.

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December 6, 2011

Help To Quit Drinking – How To Beat An Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol really is quite a challenge as we are generally surrounded by people who drink, but we need to be able to focus on ourselves to really beat an alcohol addiction.

This tutorial will give you some great help to quit drinking, and you will then need to get your free stop drinking guide that is offered under this short video, so please do take the time required to get over alcoholism…

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September 12, 2011

Alcohol Dependency Help By Ed Philips – How To Quit Drinking Alcohol

StopAs you may know Ed Philips is the main contributor to this blog, so here we have his testimonial that will provide you with the basic steps for how to quit drinking.

“I used to be a chronic alcoholic and my life was a mess. I’d been addicted to alcohol for over 3 decades, but still found it tough to acknowledge that I had a real problem. I sort of made an effort to quit drinking nevertheless each and every time I wasn’t able to succeed, I simply wasn’t able to imagine my daily life without alcohol in me, and I even made an effort to control my alcohol consumption, however that didn’t succeed either.

I’d start out every single day served with a can of beer and I’d consistently drink throughout the day. I would regularly drive my auto whilst underneath the effects of alcohol, and placing other people in peril. I am embarrassed and disgusted to admit it now, however I would regularly wake up the next day following a heavy night’s boozing, and not only having a hangover but also in a puddle of my own urine.

I became serially unfaithful and putting myself at risk from getting VD as well as giving it to my partner. I regularly experienced blackouts and woke up in odd places with no recollection of how I got there. I would often do stuff which I regretted whilst under the effect of alcohol and yet regardless of all this I persisted to drink alcohol. I ultimately made a decision that enough was enough following an unsuccessful attempt at suicide and I have not drunk ever since.

For those times you need to know the way to quit drinking alcohol just like I did, so right here is the exact program I adopted to give up drinking alcohol and I am positive that in the event you stick to these easy steps you’ll be able to stop drinking once and for all as well.

Accepting that you’ve got a dilemma with alcohol is the starting point that you need to take, as anybody that is prepared to stop consuming alcohol is the one who isn’t in denial. An alcoholic’s very first form of defense is almost always to claim that they are not an alcoholic and will reel off useless excuses with regard to their habit. I had to spend over thirty years to be able to state that I was an alcoholic and to stop justifying my dependency.

Once you have admitted to yourself you are an alcoholic, the next thing you need to do will be to consider the reasons why you’re drinking and consider a number of things. For example, why does the concept of life without having alcohol seem intolerable? Precisely what motivates you to drink alcohol? So why do you still drink although it’s wrecking your personal relationships and your health?

If you are a chronic alcoholic then you will have to give up drinking alcohol with medical related support. Get a free consultation to see your physician and speak with them frankly regarding your drinking problem along with your desire to stop. They’ll be in a position to prescribe you with medicine to make the actual drawback process a bit more comfortable

Once you’ve ended drinking alcohol you want to think of a system to prevent returning to it. While in the first days of stopping drinking you’re going to think up all sorts of reasons to go back to it. You may think that you’ll be capable of dealing with it on your own, but your mind will play tricks on you, and you are going to need a lot of will power to get through.

I also recommend this FREE guide to stop drinking to get you really motivated, as well as helping to begin your quit drinking plan….”

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August 29, 2011

Quit Drinking Alcohol By Following These Golden Tips

StopDespite what AA says, you aren’t helpless before alcohol, but alcohol is certainly helpless before you. Do not let anybody convince you that you are powerless before your addiction, since this may only present you with an ongoing battle with alcoholism. So just accept the basic fact that it is you that has the capacity to choose precisely what does or doesn’t enter into your body.

There are numerous types of alcohol, and many diverse situations in which we are going to drink it. Over time you might have developed a taste for a couple of different types of alcoholic drinks, and often drink in one or two specific places. Learn from your personal experiences, and fight the part that’s causing you the most trouble. For example, if during the week you drink one or two glasses of red or white wine with your dinner and at the weekends you are getting drunk with your friends, you no doubt know where your dilemma is, don’t you? So take the necessary steps to help reduce your own drinking behavior!!!

Perhaps you feel a desire to consume alcohol while recollecting a happy moment in your life connected with alcohol. When you catch yourself thinking like that you need to see it as a mirage, and try to re-focus your mind on the really adverse ordeals you’ve had involving alcohol.

You will find dozens and dozens of great reasons to stop or reduce drinking, from your own actual physical health and fitness to your financial outlook, from relationships and your sex life, to your emotional and religious life. Make a list and analyze it more than once, and then come up with additional good reasons. The greater number of reasons that you can generate the simpler it’s going to be to overcome your alcohol habit. As has often been said “knowledge is power”, and so the more you understand alcohol abuse the more aware you will become about what it’s actually doing to you.

Try to imagine your future without alcohol, and just how happy, healthy and loved you are going to be. Your future commences as from the actual second you recognize that alcohol won’t continue to dominate your daily life. The second you take the final decision to stop drinking alcohol is the actual moment you begin to be more healthy. The important thing to keep in mind is that your future remains undetermined, and it will be resolved in line with the measures you are taking today.

What really counts is what you’re going to do today to move your life into a better direction. Get into the habit of visualizing yourself more healthy and happier from this day forth, and mentally focus yourself on that as frequently as you can. Our minds are so powerful that you can firmly and continually focus on something to the point that it becomes our prevalent desire. We also tend to embrace our conscious and subconscious thoughts and feelings, so make that decision to believe in yourself today, and begin to focus on your own personal decision to quit drinking alcohol and a new alcohol free life. Just click on one of the links below to get immediate access to our guide to quitting alcohol

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