100 Q&A About Alcoholism & Drug Addiction by Charles Herrick

By Charles Herrick

No matter if you are a newly clinically determined sufferer, a pal or relative, this publication bargains support. the single quantity to be had to supply either the doctor's and patient's perspectives, a hundred Questions & solutions approximately Alcoholism provides authoritative, sensible solutions for your questions on therapies, suggestion on dealing with the illness, assets of help, and masses extra. Written through a in demand psychiatrist, with genuine sufferer remark, this e-book is a useful source for a person dealing with the scientific, mental, and emotional turmoil of alcoholism.

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The ultimate cause refers to evolutionary explanations as to why humans developed an attraction to alcohol and why addiction became part of our genetic makeup. The evolutionary explanation on why humans drink alcohol was addressed in Question 4, which entailed the drunken monkey hypothesis. The proximate cause of alcohol’s affect on the brain regarding the various neurotransmitter systems that alcohol impacts was addressed in Question 6. The various neurotransmitter systems seem to converge on dopamine.

Interestingly enough, Ben’s surroundings directly impact the severity of his symptoms. The progressive nature of the disease, along with “kindling” (Question 66), has resulted in his suffering from serious delirium tremens (DTs) (see Questions 63 and 64). This condition, however, has only manifested itself in the hospital setting. During the times that he takes Ativan and withdraws at home, I watch very carefully for signs that he may be headed “off the reservation,” but it doesn’t seem to happen.

How often during the past year have you had a feeling of guilt or remorse after drinking? 8. How often during the past year have you been unable to remember what happened the night before because you had been drinking? 9. Have you or has someone else been injured as a result of your drinking? 10. Has a relative, friend, or a doctor or other health care worker been concerned about your drinking or suggested you cut down? Never Less than monthly Less than monthly Less than monthly Less than monthly Less than monthly Less than monthly Monthly Weekly Monthly Weekly Monthly Weekly Monthly Weekly Monthly Weekly Daily or almost daily Daily or almost daily Daily or almost daily Daily or almost daily Daily or almost daily Daily or almost daily Scoring: Less than 10 does not require additional medication.

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