Abuse Of Alcohol
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Alcohol abuse is when you drink large amounts of alcohol often to change your mood or behavior.
- Vitamin supplement: Alcohol can make it hard for your body to absorb enough vitamin B1. You may be given vitamin B1 if you have low levels. It is also given to prevent alcohol related brain damage. You may also need other vitamin supplements.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
You should stop drinking entirely, or at least decrease the amount you drink. Alcohol can damage your brain, heart, and liver. It also increases your risk for injury, high blood pressure, and certain types of cancer. Alcohol is dangerous when you combine it with certain medicines.
Do not drive if you have had alcohol:
Make sure someone who has not been drinking can help you get home.
Learn ways to manage stress. Deep breathing, meditation, and listening to music may help you cope with stressful events. Talk to your caregiver about other ways to manage stress.
Most people need support to stop or decrease the amount of alcohol they drink. Mental health providers, support groups, rehabilitation centers, and your primary healthcare provider can provide support.
For more information:
- Alcoholics Anonymous
Web Address: http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.
Contact your primary healthcare provider if:
- You need help to stop drinking alcohol.
- You have trouble with family members or loved ones, work, or school because you drink too much alcohol.
- You get into fights because of alcohol.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Return to the emergency department if:
- You have sudden chest pain or trouble breathing.
- You have a seizure or have shaking or trembling.
- You feel sad or angry enough to harm yourself or others.
- You have hallucinations (you see or hear things that are not real).
- You cannot stop vomiting or you vomit blood.
- You were in an accident because of alcohol.
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