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Frequently asked questions

What does it mean to have an alcohol addiction?

A substance use disorder occurs when a person continues to use drugs and/or alcohol despite severe negative consequences. Physical and mental health challenges, marital strife, and/or failure to meet commitments at home, work, or school are examples of these issues. People who are addicted to alcohol have a physical craving for it and are often distraught until they can drink again.

What can be done straight away to lessen the effects of alcohol?

The absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream can be slowed by eating before, during, and after drinking. Dehydration and the removal of toxins from the body can both be helped by drinking enough water. Fruit juices with fructose and vitamins B and C can also help the liver wash up alcohol more effectively.

What are the long-term consequences of drinking alcohol?

Excessive alcohol use can lead to the development of chronic diseases and other major issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, liver disease, and digestive issues over time. Alcoholism has also been related to various types of cancer, such as breast, mouth, throat, oesophagus, voice box, liver, colon, and rectum.

What does it mean to be a heavy drinker?

Heavy drinking is often described as 15 drinks or more per week for men. Heavy drinking is usually characterised as eight or more drinks per week for women.

How long does alcohol stay in the system?

Alcohol can be detected in the blood for up to 6 hours, on the breath for 12 to 24 hours, urine for 12 to 24 hours (72 or more hours with more modern detection methods), saliva for 12 to 24 hours and hair for up to 90 days using alcohol detection tests.

What is the most effective first-line treatment for alcoholism?

Naltrexone - most newly diagnosed patients with moderate to severe alcohol use disorder are prescribed naltrexone as their first line of treatment.

What happens to your body when you’re intoxicated with alcohol?

High quantities of alcohol in your bloodstream can cause headaches, severe dehydration, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and indigestion. Excessive drinking, even on a single occasion, raises the chance of harmful heart effects.

What makes someone become an alcoholic?

Many of your behaviours, including drinking, are impacted by your culture, religion, family, and workplace.

Family is the most crucial element in determining whether or not a person would develop alcoholism. Young children who are exposed to alcohol abuse are more prone to develop problematic drinking patterns.


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