Alcoholism

Alcoholism is treated at Fifth Avenue Psychiatry in an office-based setting, privately and discretely. Medication can be use for detoxification and to ameliorate anxiety and depression. All treatment is private and individualized with focus on the patient. To learn more about our personalized alcoholism and addiction treatment, click here. 

What causes alcoholism?

There is no exact cause for alcoholism. However, many factors may factor in its development. A person with an alcoholic parent is more likely to become an alcoholic themselves than someone who did not grow up with alcoholism in the family. There are a host of other psychological and social factors that contribute to alcoholism. 

Psychological factors may include:

  • Anxiety relief
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship conflicts 

Social factors may include:

  • Access to alcohol
  • Peer pressure
  • Social acceptance of alcohol
  • Stressful lifestyle 

Alcohol acts as a depressant to the central nervous systems, which leads to a decrease in:

  • Activity
  • Anxiety
  • Inhibitions
  • Tension 

A few drinks can change behavior, reduce motor skills and the ability to think clearly. Alcohol can impair concentration and judgment. 

What are the symptoms of alcoholism? 

Some of the symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Drinking alone
  • Hostility when confronted about drinking
  • Lack of control over drinking
  • Making excuses to drink
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Need for alcohol use to function
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Reduced appetite
  • Secretive alcohol use
  • Shaking in the morning
  • Sloppy physical appearance
  • Stomach pain
  • Violence related to drinking 

How is alcoholism diagnosed and treated? 

As a rule of thumb, all doctors should ask their patients about their drinking. The doctor should get a report from the family if the person is unwilling to answer questions. A physical exam can identify physical problems related to alcohol abuse. 

Tests for alcoholism include:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Folate tests
  • Liver function tests
  • Serum magnesium
  • Total protein
  • Toxicology screen or blood alcohol level
  • Uric acid 

The general steps are involved in alcoholism treatment are:

  • Intervention
  • Detoxification
  • Rehabilitation 

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