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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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Why: document age started drinking, type of alcohol preferred, daily alcohol consumption, days per week alcohol is consumed.
Why: Sometimes the simplest of questions are a good way for your Health Professional to "unlock" the path to helping you with your problems.
Why: This will communicate your pattern of alcohol drinking, and gives some indication as to whether your abuse alcohol or have alcohol dependence. They are two different things, and those who abuse alcohol are not necessarily "addicted" (dependent) to alcohol. Those however who have alcohol dependence may have or have had alcohol abuse issues.
Why: This may give an indication of how entrenched you alcohol abuse behavior is, and thus may affect the approach recommended by your Health Professional.
Why: This technique is an active interviewing technique used by Health Professionals to assist in motivating you to engage in treatment for whatever problem you may be experiencing, i.e. smoking, drinking. For your management plan to be successful you must first want to make change happen, and realize that there you have a problem you want to "fix". Knowing you have a "problem" but not wanting to fix it imparts a low chance of success if a treatment strategy is embarked upon.
Why: These are all areas of one's life which can be negatively impacted by alcohol abuse.
Why: Those with alcohol abuse are more likely to be using illegal drugs and it is important for your health professional to know this.
Why: This question allows your health professional to asses the severity of alcohol abuse.
Why: Again this question can help determine the severity of alcohol abuse.
Why: Chronic alcohol use can cause anemia.
Why: Alcohol can have negative effects on hormone levels.
Why: Gout is strongly linked to alcohol abuse.
Why: Chronic alcohol consumption can cause peripheral neuropathy.
Why: High levels of alcohol use increase a person's risk of cardiovascular disease.
Why: e.g. tremor, hallucinations, delirium tremens.
Why: due to effect of alcohol itself, insomnia associated with alcohol or due to anemia.
Why: suggesting possible pancreatitis, alcoholic hepatitis, gastritis, reflux oesophagitis, peptic ulcers.
Why: due to alcohol, fatty stools from alcoholic pancreatitis.
Why: e.g. arrhythmias, congestive cardiac failure.
Why: suggestive of possible alcoholic dementia or pellagra.
Why: suggesting peripheral neuropathy.
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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The following list of medical conditions have 'Alcohol abuse'
or similar listed as a medical complication in our database.
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