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Alcohol Consumption

Also known as Antabuse, Disulfiram, Drinking Problems, Nalmefene, Problem Drinking, Selincro

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    Useful Resources

    Below is a list of useful resources concerning alcohol consumption. Some of the Patient articles are also linked on every discussion page under Related information in the right sidebar. Patient leaflet on Alcoholism and Problem Drinking: https://patient.info/health/alcoholism-and-problem-drinking This...

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  • Bad drunk

    Hey! Looking advice or some support regarding this.. I drink once a week at most normally twice a month something like that. However, it's how much and what happens when I do.. I get myself into uncontrollable states that are affecting my relationships. I'm not talking a state that maybe most...

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  • First experience with naltrexone!

    Sorry this is a bit long winded!! Hi there so I finally took the courage to begin My journey on Thr Sinclair Method! I've been a binge drinker for 15 years and my binges were becoming too often and too severe! I'd been to AA and know that the 12 steps work well for many alcoholics .. unfortunately...

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  • The Sinclair method- anyone with experience?

    Hi, I'm currently doing a second detox, and findng it harder than expected. Not because of terrible withdrawal, but because for the first day (yesterday) I still kept feeling like I wanted to drink (and that made me feel not just agitated, but quite upset and angry- a stupid feeling of being deprived...

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  • Hereditary craving for alcohol

    During my research on hereditary emotions I have no doubt that feelings are hereditary, even phobias. If this is fact what are we passing onto our kids if we drink in excess. Over 20 years ago there was an article in New Scientist warning that we should have our children first before using drugs or alcohol....

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  • Recent Diagnosis

    Well, I’ve finally got the answer as to why I’ve got a constant chronic cough and the 10th chest infection this year. I was told I had asthma a couple of years ago and prescribed inhalers and steroids. I’ve never really been convinced I had asthma. I got referred to respiratory medicine at the hospital...

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  • 60 units a week

    I've posted in the past, lately I've been drinking every evening. When I say drinking it's either four cans or half a bottle of wine each week evening. Weekends it all goes out of the window though, I drink too much.  Whilst I know there are people in worse situations what is everyone's...

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  • Do I need to stop drinking??? I have drug dependencies

    Hi, I've recently become terrified of the long term effects of alcohol. I'm an 18 year old male and have been getting drunk once a night for two years. I only drink to get drunk which is usually 10 drinks. However, what I'm really worried about is, when I was 17, I would drink about...

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  • Married to a functioning alcoholic.

    Please somebody help me. I have been married to my husband for 20 years. He has always enjoyed a drink, maybe 3/4 cans of lager after work, over the years it has increased to a bottle of wine and 4 cans every day. I worked out over a week he is having 100 units. His behaviour is disgusting, he's...

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  • Functioning drinking

    I have been drinking 20+ beers 5 out of 7 days for the last 3 years.  Most of the time I drink over 24 beers.  In the same time my salary has went from 60k to 130k.  Also, my personal life went from gf to nada! I just left my job because it enables my drinking.  I perform extremely...

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  • Alcohol is not bad always.

    Hello Guys.  Yes Alcohol is not bad always. I am talking about Beer. Beer have some ingredients which are good for our health. By Drinking beer we can get rid of some serious health problems. See some other health benefits here. https://goo.gl/x2AS9m

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  • Alcoholism

    Hey I have been drinking heavily for the past month and a half and now it is has gotten so bad that wine does not effect me like it used to. Then the last couple of days I have tried vodka and wine mixed together. How do you get sober quick so I can save my life and liver at the same time I am begging. 

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  • My wife's drinking

    My wife has been drinking heavy the past few years I convinced her to cut back this week and she went 2 nights without drinking.  Last night she drank her normal amount (4 or 5 vodkas) and woke up sick with headache and nausea.  She felt fine the 2 nights she didn't drink.  She thinks...

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  • Time to quit

    Hey everyone, I have been drinking for 30 years there abouts. Stopped when I had my kids, then right back to it. My youngest is now 15, but I drink everynight. Normally a can of Diamond white, followed by 3 or 4 large vodkas. I obtained and read a book over the weekend, kick the drink easily. Its a...

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  • Partner

    Hi, my ex stopped drinking after 10 days . Then over a week ago today is dronking more than ever. He was sick for a morning or so but by lunch time he'd got more cans. I have tried hiding money but he will go out in bad ways as in canjust about walk. Won't speak with his aa friends or go to...

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  • Naltrexone

    Can I substitute a meal for a nutritional drink instead before taking Naltrexone.  I am used to drinking on an empty stomach.  Plus, I am actually not very hungry until I have a few drinks. Thank you.

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  • Nalmefene (Selincro) availability in England and Wales

    When NICE approve a medication for availability on the NHS, it is mandatory for the NHS to provide funding for it.  However, each area England and Wales are allowed to provide it on the NHS however they wish.  To categories HOW a medication is provided, they use a 'traffic light' system....

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  • Desperately trying to help my friend

    Hi, I’m desperately trying to help my best friend get help with alcohol. I have been sober for 7 years so I do have a bit of experience but she is much worse than I was. She is drinking 6 litres of cider and 2 bottles of wine a day. She has all the signs of liver damage, does not eat, lost use of bodily...

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  • Should I be worried

    I don't go mad with alcohol (like you've not heard that before).sometimes I can polish off a bottle of wine the day I am due to start a night shift. Which I've just done while I cook tea for the family.My wife mentions the drink but never nsgs about it .I enjoy having a drink both socially...

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  • selincro/nalmefene and alcohol

    I drink between 1 and 2 bottles of wine a night. Took my first selincro tablet yesterday afternoon and genuinely didn't feel like I wanted any booze, not sure whether this is psychological or not but who cares, it seems to work. Unfortunately I took the tablet when picking my daughter up from school...

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  • I am trying to detox at home

    few days ago I acknowledged to myself that I have a drinking problem. So, I joined an outpatient detox group. They prescribed me Librium and naltrexone. But initial doses of Librium made me sleep so much that I barely woke up to eat. So I spoke with my doctor and they reduced it to once every 10 hours...

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  • can dizziness be a symptom of alcohol withdraw

    Having had gastroenteritis I have now not had a drink for 5 days.  And I am really pleased about that and want to make it a start to getting my drinking well under control. (1-2 bottles of wine a day).  I have had no obvious withdrawal symptoms but I am feeling quite dizzy and my head is swimming...

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  • Itchiness and mild pain in back with alcohol

    When I drink alcohol and sometimes caffeine the same spot on my back gets itchy, just between the left shoulder blade and spine. My liver and kidney function tests are negative. The nurse referred me to a physiotherapist but this does not feel like a physiological problem, especially since it seems...

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  • Quitting

    Hi I have been drinking about half a bottle of Bacardi most nights for about 5 years. I decided to quit Sunday so now 2 and half days no alcohol. Difficulty sleeping but no other withdrawal symptoms is this normal? I've never really felt physically addicted......drank out of boredom . Last...

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  • Nalmefene side effects! Don't think I can do it.

    So I finally got a prescription for nalmefene via the pharmacy2u route. All excited I took my first tablet and then a bit later cracked open my wine. Didn't enjoy the wine (ok, that's the point) but after a couple of hours I just felt dreadful. I disappeared off to bed without saying anything...

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  • Drinking every day...

    Hello. I've just signed up here because I thought it might help to acknowledge somewhere, in some small way, that I have a problem with alcohol. And maybe compare notes with other people and their experiences. I'm not ready to tell friends and family yet. I'm in my late 30s and for a long...

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  • Am i intolerant to alcohol?

    I noticed that every time i drink alcohol my health goes way down for ages afterwards. I never knew why it was and i never went to the doctor about it even though it gets quite bad. I will be going to the doctor next week but i wanted to get some answers on here first. I notice when i drink alcohol sometimes...

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  • Does anyone take Baclofen to control cravings?

    Some who r  suffering from alcohol addiction all their adult lives. In the last few years alcohol abuse increases due to inceased long term use. I understand  some  First Step Drug & Alcohol clinics offer  Baclofen 10mg tablets once or twice a day. For those u have little hope...

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  • Support group for Korsakoff's psychosis?

    Is anyone aware of a support group which focuses on patients who suffer from Korsakoff's psychosis? The support for Korsakoff's on the patient.info suggests support generally only from alcohol groups - which deals with the alcohol dependency aspect. But the other, and totally separate, aspect...

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  • Liver enzymes

    I had my annual blood work and everything was great except my ALT/AST levels were 92/100. Last year they were 80 each.  I’m on a triglycerides med and my GP said last year the rise could be from that. I do drink wine but I hit it hard this summer on our boat (Mimosas, Bloody Marys and wine on weekends.)....

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