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Alcoholism is also known as alcohol dependence. It occurs when you drink so much over time that your body becomes dependent on or addicted to alcohol. When this happens, alcohol use becomes the most important thing in your life. An alcoholic wil[read article]

Tests for Alcoholism

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A physical examination is a routine test your doctor performs to check your overall health. It is also known as a wellness check. A physical examination helps your ...  More
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Blood Alcohol Test
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A toxicology screen is a test used to determine if an individual has been exposed to certain legal or illegal drugs. Toxicology screens are usually ordered to see i...  More
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Proteins circulate throughout your blood to help your body maintain fluid balance. Albumin is produced in the liver, and is one of the most abundant proteins in you...  More
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Liver function tests help determine the health of your liver by measuring levels of proteins, enzymes, or bilirubin in your blood. Many tests can be performed on th...  More
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CAGE Questionnaire for Alcoholism Screening
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Platelet Count
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A prothrombin time (PT) test, measures the amount of time it takes for your blood plasma to clot. Prothrombin, also known as factor ll, is just one of many plasma p...  More
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An alanine aminotransferase (ALT) test measures the level of ALT enzyme in your blood. ALT is an enzyme produced by liver cells. It helps the body metabolize protei...  More
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An alkaline phosphatase level test (ALP test) measures the amount of alkaline phosphatase enzyme in your bloodstream. The test requires a simple blood draw and is o...  More
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Bilirubin is a yellow pigment that is in everyone's blood and stool. If you notice a yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes, this is called jaundice...  More
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The gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) test measures the amount of the enzyme GGT in your blood. Enzymes are molecules that are necessary for chemical reactions in...  More
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A protein urine test is used to measure the amount of protein in urine. Normally, healthy individuals do not have protein in their urine. However, when the kidneys ...  More
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Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) is an enzyme found in various parts of the body. The highest concentrations are found in muscle, heart, and liver. A small amount o...  More
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The gamma-glutamyl transpeptidase (GGT) test measures the amount of the enzyme GGT in your blood. Enzymes are molecules that are necessary for chemical reactions in...  More
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A red blood cell count is a blood test that your doctor uses to find out how many red blood cells (RBCs) you have in your blood. It is also called an erythrocyte co...  More
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Liver Ultrasound
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Magnesium is important to the functioning of your body. According to the National Institutes of Health's Office of Dietary Supplements, this mineral plays a ro...  More
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Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate or vitamin B9, which is essential for healthy red blood cells. A folic acid test is usually ordered to check for a lack o...  More
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A uric acid blood test, also known as a serum uric acid measurement, determines how much uric acid is present in your blood. The test can help determine how well yo...  More
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Medical Procedures for Alcoholism

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Detoxification is a broad term that encompasses many different ways of cleansing the body's internal systems and organs. Major methods include chelation therap...  More
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Cognitive Behavior Therapy
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Alcohol Rehabilitation
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Alcohol Rehabilitation and Detoxification
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Group Psychotherapy
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Psychotherapy is an interactive process between a person and a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed co...  More
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Psychotherapy is an interactive process between a person and a qualified mental health professional (psychiatrist, psychologist, clinical social worker, licensed co...  More
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Substance Abuse Counseling
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Prescribed Medications for Alcoholism

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TOPIRAMATE (toe PYRE a mate) is used to treat seizures in adults or children with epilepsy. It is also used for the prevention of migraine headaches.  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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ACAMPROSATE (a KAM pro sate) helps you to abstain from alcohol as part of a support program. It does not help with alcohol withdrawal.  More
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CLORAZEPATE (klor AZ e pate) is a benzodiazepine. It is used to treat anxiety. It also used to treat alcohol withdrawal and certain types of seizures.  More
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DISULFIRAM (dye SUL fi ram) can help patients with an alcohol abuse problem not to drink alcohol. When taken with alcohol, this medicine produces unpleasant effects...  More
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This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.  More
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NALTREXONE (nal TREX one) helps you to remain free of your dependence on opiate drugs or alcohol. It blocks the 'high' that these substances can give you....  More
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THIAMINE (THAHY uh min) is a vitamin B1. It is added to a healthy diet to prevent or to treat low vitamin B1 levels.  More
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Over the Counter Medications for Alcoholism

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THIAMINE (THAHY uh min) is a vitamin B1. It is added to a healthy diet to prevent or to treat low vitamin B1 levels.  More
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Self Care for Alcoholism

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Vitamin Supplementation
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Alternative Procedures for Alcoholism What's this?

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Biofeedback is a purported technique for helping an individual become conscious of otherwise unconscious body processes. Through conveying information about blood p...  More
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Various forms of therapeutic superficial tissue manipulation have been practiced for thousands of years across cultures. Chinese use of massage dates to 1600 BC, an...  More
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The practice of acupuncture originated in China 5,000 years ago. Today it is widely used throughout the world and is one of the main pillars of Chinese medicine. Th...  More
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Various forms of meditation have been practiced for thousands of years throughout the world, with many techniques originating in Eastern religious practices. In mod...  More
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Herbs and Supplements for Alcoholism What's this?

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Kudzu originated in China and was brought to the United States from Japan in the late 1800s. It is distributed throughout much of the eastern United States and is m...  More
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5-HTP is the precursor of the neurotransmitter serotonin. It is obtained commercially from the seeds of the plant Griffonia simplicifolia . 5-HTP has been suggested...  More
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The main function of L-carnitine is to transfer long-chain fatty acids in the form of their acyl-carnitine esters across the inner mitochondrial membrane before bet...  More
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The main function of L-carnitine is to transfer long-chain fatty acids in the form of their acyl-carnitine esters across the inner mitochondrial membrane before bet...  More
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