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Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse: Introduction

Alcohol abuse: Excessive alcohol as a symptom of other conditions. See detailed information below for a list of 13 causes of Alcohol abuse, Symptom Checker, Assessment Questionnaire, including diseases and drug side effect causes.

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Home Diagnostic Testing and Alcohol abuse

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Alcohol abuse: Symptom Checker

Listed below are some combinations of symptoms associated with Alcohol abuse, as listed in our database. Visit the Symptom Checker, to add and remove symptoms and research your condition.

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Alcohol abuse Treatments

Some of the possible treatments listed in sources for treatment of Alcohol abuse may include:

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Stories from Users for Alcohol abuse

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Message Boards for Alcohol abuse

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Diagnostic tests for Alcohol abuse:

Various tests are used in the diagnosis of Alcohol abuse. Some of these are listed below :

  • General facial appearance - plethoric face, puffy greasy face, spider veins on face, rosacea and rhinophyma( all indicative of chronic alcohol use ); blood shot eyes, smell of stale alcohol.
  • Physical examination - looking for signs of liver disease or complications of alcohol abuse e.g. anemia, high blood pressure, enlarged heart, arrhythmia, gout.
  • Blood tests - Serum gamma glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) elevated in chronic drinkers and returns to normal with cessation of intake.
  • Large red cell size with chronic alcohol use
  • Anemia - may be present due to blood loss , iron deficiency , folate deficiency or bone marrow toxicity all as a result of alcohol abuse.
  • Low platelet count - with chronic alcohol use due to bone marrow toxicity.
  • Abnormal liver function tests - in alcohol liver disease , cirrhosis.
  • more tests...»

Alcohol abuse: Comorbid Symptoms

Some of the comorbid or associated medical symptoms for Alcohol abuse may include these symptoms:

Causes of General Symptom Types

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Causes of Similar Symptoms to Alcohol abuse

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Assessment Questionnaire: Questions your doctor may ask (and why!)

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Alcohol abuse. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

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Alcohol abuse: Deaths

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Alcohol abuse: Research Related Doctors & Specialists

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Hospitals & Clinics: Alcohol abuse

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Article Excerpts about Alcohol abuse

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease. Alcoholism is a chronic, often progressive disease with symptoms that include a strong need to drink despite negative consequences, such as serious job, relationships, or health problems. Like many other diseases, it has a generally predictable course, has recognized symptoms, and is influenced by both genetic and environmental factors that are being increasingly well defined. (Source: excerpt from Alcohol Abuse and Treatment: NWHIC)

If you are like many Americans, you may drink alcohol occasionally. Or, like others, you may drink moderate amounts of alcohol on a more regular basis. If you are a woman or someone over the age of 65, this means that you have no more than one drink per day; if you are a man, this means that you have no more than two drinks per day. Drinking at these levels usually is not associated with health risks and can help to prevent certain forms of heart disease. (Source: excerpt from Alcohol What You Don't Know Can Harm You: NIAAA)

Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism in that it does not include an extremely strong craving for alcohol, loss of control over drinking, or physical dependence. Alcohol abuse is defined as a pattern of drinking that results in one or more of the following situations within a 12-month period (Source: excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA)

Alcoholism, also known as alcohol dependence, is a disease. Alcoholism is a chronic, often progressive... (Source: excerpt from Alcohol Abuse and Treatment: NWHIC)

If you are like many Americans, you may drink alcohol occasionally. Or, like others, you may... (Source: excerpt from Alcohol What You Don't Know Can Harm You: NIAAA)

Alcohol abuse differs from alcoholism in that it does not include an ... (Source: excerpt from Alcoholism Getting the Facts: NIAAA)

Definitions of Alcohol abuse:

Excessive use of alcohol and alcoholic drinks
- (Source - WordNet 2.1)

Organs affected by Alcohol abuse:

The list of organs typically affected by Alcohol abuse may include, but is not limited to:

Detailed list of causes of Alcohol abuse

The list below shows some of the causes of Alcohol abuse mentioned in various sources:

How Common are these Causes of Alcohol abuse?

This information refers to the general prevalence and incidence of these diseases, not to how likely they are to be the actual cause of Alcohol abuse. Of the 13 causes of Alcohol abuse that we have listed, we have the following prevalence/incidence information:

  • 3 causes are "very common" diseases
  • 1 causes are "common" diseases
  • 0 causes are "uncommon" diseases
  • 0 causes are "rare" diseases
  • 1 causes are "very rare" diseases
  • 12 causes have no prevalence information.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Alcohol abuse:

The following list of conditions have 'Alcohol abuse' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Conditions listing medical complications: Alcohol abuse:

The following list of medical conditions have Alcohol abuse or similar listed as a medical complication in our database. The distinction between a symptom and complication is not always clear, and conditions mentioning this symptom as a complication may also be relevant. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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Doctors and specialists: Who should I consult about Alcohol abuse?

Depending on the seriousness of the onset of Alcohol abuse, you may want to consult one of the following medical professionals.

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Classifications of Alcohol abuse:

Medical Conditions associated with Alcohol abuse:

Drug abuse (36 causes), Addiction symptoms (42 causes), Behavioral symptoms (4608 causes), Mental problems (3121 causes), Cognitive impairment (3664 causes), Psychiatric symptom (971 causes), Body symptoms (5672 causes), Personality symptoms (4029 causes)

Symptoms related to Alcohol abuse:

Alcohol symptoms (19 causes), Drug abuse (36 causes), Addiction symptoms (42 causes), Prescription drug abuse, Gambing addiction, Liver symptoms (1644 causes), Cirrhosis, Liver disorders, Alcoholic, Liver cirrhosis (119 causes), Hepatitis (42 causes)

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Medical News summaries about Alcohol abuse

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Evidence Based Medicine Research for Alcohol abuse

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